2016 Gold Proof Celebration of Her Majesty's 90th Birthday $250 Coin.
This coin from the Royal Canadian Mint commemorates the 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II. It is struck in 24-carat/.9999 fine gold and is embellished with 29 Canadian Diamonds and a green Cabochon Emerald.
Only 125 of these coins were issued worldwide. It weighs just over 60 grammes and contains 1.93 troy ounces of pure gold.
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21st 1926 to Albert, Duke of York and his wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. When she was born, she was third in line to the throne, but as the daughter of King George V's second son and niece of the Prince of Wales, she was not at this point seriously expected to succeed to the throne.
Following the abdication crisis of 1936, her father came to the throne as George VI, and Elizabeth became "Heiress Presumptive* to the throne. Her six year old sister Margaret turned to Elizabeth and said 'poor you' in response to the news of the onerous responsibility she would one day have to shoulder.
It was on one of her overseas Royal tours, at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya, that Elizabeth was informed by her husband that George VI had died and that she was now Queen.
Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning British monarch, surpassing her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria in 2007.
The obverse features Jody Clark's portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
The reverse features a collaborative design by the RCM and renowned jeweller Steve Thompson, inspired by the Vladimir Tiara.
The design features 29 genuine Canadian diamonds and a large green emerald. 90 circles form an outer ring around the edge of the coin and it bears the inscription:
250 DOLLARS • CANADA • 1926 - 2016
|Weight / Size||60 Gram|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||1.931|
|Fineness / Carat||0.9999 / 24|
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||Natasha Muhl|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||Royal Canadian Mint|
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