From a young woman inheriting the throne, to a queen whose commitment to her duties won her the respect and admiration of people all over the world, Her Majesty The Queen has been a constant through decades of social change. Now, as she turns 90—becoming the first British monarch to celebrate such a landmark birthday—celebrate with the Royal Family as The Royal Mint has done on so many happy occasions. When the street parties are over, many will want a lasting reminder of this special moment in history.
At The Royal Mint—the home of every official United Kingdom coin struck during The Queen's reign—they have issued a £20 pure silver coin to mark this historic event. Your coin design features a celebratory wreath of roses, inspired by Her Majesty's love of flowers, and approved by The Queen herself.
Designed by Christopher Hobbs, your coin's design was inspired by the heraldic rose of England and The Queen's love of flowers. Your coin features a central cypher—a heraldic device similar to a monogram that represents the monarch's name and title—of ‘EIIR', which is surrounded by a classical wreath of celebration. The roses are more natural than heraldic, each one different from the other. These nine roses signify the nine decades of The Queen's life. The design has an oval rather than circular form to give more space to the central lettering and to add interest to your coin.
Christopher Hobbs is a well-respected painter, sculptor, and illustrator with a background in the film industry. His paintings and sculptures have been displayed at the British Library, while his mosaic designs are featured at Westminster Cathedral. In addition, he has worked with some of the world's leading museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.