Apr 212016
 

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, has welcomed the release of three Australian numismatic tributes marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

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Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, holds one of the three Royal tribute coins crafted by The Perth Mint.

“The celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday is a remarkable moment in history and The Perth Mint has created exceptional coin tributes for the occasion,” Her Excellency said.

“I am particularly delighted to see the craftsmanship showcasing branches of the golden wattle, our national flower which was depicted in the brooch presented to the Queen during her coronation tour of Australia in 1954, and the St Edward’s Crown symbolising our historical links with British constitutional and parliamentary heritage.”

The superb releases are the latest in a long line of Buckingham Palace-approved coins issued by The Perth Mint celebrating personal milestones of members of the Royal Family. Click here for more details.

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Apr 182016
 

This celebratory 90th Birthday Stamp and Coin Cover features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Australian Golden Wattle diamond brooch – said to be one of her personal favourites. Made from gold and 150 white and yellow diamonds, the brooch was a gift from the people and government of Australia during the Queen’s 1954 Royal Visit – when she became the first reigning monarch to step foot on Australian soil.

As the spotlight falls on Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, here are nine more ‘Australian’ facts about The Queen, one for each of her nine decades.

  1. When in Australia, The Queen’s official title is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.
  2. While travelling in Australia, The Queen uses a special Australian standard featuring the heraldic badges of each Australian state and the seven-pointed Commonwealth Star.
  3. Her Majesty’s wedding cake was made using ingredients donated by Australian Girl Guides in 1947.
  4. The Queen made a unique broadcast to people in remote communities over the Flying Doctor radio network from Alice Springs in 1963.
  5. The Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct was awarded to service personnel who disarmed a WWII German sea mine which washed up on the beach at Surfers Paradise in 1966.
  6. The first Royal ‘walkabout’ took place during The Queen’s Tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1970.
  7. The only time the Queen had to interrupt an overseas tour was in 1974, when she was called back from Australia to the UK due to a snap election.
  8. The Queen has been to Australia on 16 occasions, visiting every state, the two mainland territories, as well as the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Norfolk Island.
  9. In 2011, she joined tens of thousands of people at a big Aussie barbecue in Perth prior to leaving the country for possibly the final time.

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Apr 072016
 

As chronicler of The Royal Family with its series of stunning Australian numismatic celebrations, The Perth Mint is honoured to unveil three new coins in special tribute to Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Struck from pure gold or silver, each coin portrays a representation of St Edward’s Crown. It is surrounded by branches of wattle in recognition of the constitutional and historical links between Australia and the British monarchy.

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Significance of design elements

St Edward’s Crown

St Edward’s Crown is used for the coronation of the sovereign. The original, which dated back to and was named after Edward the Confessor, was destroyed on the order of Oliver Cromwell in 1649. Part of the new regalia completed for the coronation of Charles II, St Edward’s Crown is made from gold and contains some 440 precious and semi-precious gems. It was last used to crown Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

Golden Wattle

Native to Australia, Acacia pycnantha, commonly known as the golden wattle, produces a profuse display of fragrant, golden flowers in late winter and spring. Along with many similar species from the genus Acacia, it inspired Australia’s national colours – green and gold. Golden wattle was recognised as an iconic symbol for many years before being formally adopted as Australia’s national floral emblem during bicentenary celebrations in 1988.

Happy 90th Birthday Your Majesty

The Queen was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary at 2:40am on 21 April 1926 in central London. On her 21st birthday, she formally dedicated her life to the service of the Commonwealth.

To mark her 90th birthday, The Queen is demonstrating her enduring commitment by attending a picnic lunch with 10,000 people representing 600 charities of which she is patron. Other celebratory events she is attending include a pageant at Windsor Castle, a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, and the traditional Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade.

The Perth Mint wishes The Queen an extremely happy birthday and expresses the hope that she also finds time to relax and enjoy her momentous achievement.

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Sep 092015
 

Queen Elizabeth II today becomes Britain’s longest serving monarch.

Celebrating her historic achievement, this souvenir Stamp & Coin Cover incorporates an Australian $1 coin issued by The Perth Mint and two Australia Post stamps featuring famous photographic portraits of Her Majesty:

  • Cecil Beaton photographed Her Majesty on the royal family’s return to Buckingham Palace after the coronation service in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. The dramatic depiction of the young Queen against a painted a backdrop of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey was a significant departure from previous coronation portraits.
  • Peter Grugeon took the portrait of the Queen at a sitting on 1 January 1975, in the period leading up to her Silver Jubilee in 1977. Photographed in Buckingham Palace, the portrayal shows Her Majesty wearing the Grand Duchess Vladimir tiara and Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee necklace.

Highly collectable, the Stamp & Coin Cover also bears a postmark in the shape of the Garter Star which incorporates the words First day of issue | 9 September 2015 | Elizabeth, SA 5112.

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An affordable Australian tribute dated for the day on which The Queen set a new record, it would make a superb addition to any collection of Royal memorabilia.

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Sep 092015
 

The intaglio is an artistic technique commonly associated with sculpture, whereby an image is created by cutting, carving, or engraving into the surface. It has been wonderfully employed on this 1oz silver piedfort-sized commemorative, which celebrates Queen Elizabeth II on becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. The coin’s reverse design elements, including the Queen’s effigy and patterns of Tudor roses, are impressed (or incused) into the coin table for an unusual and pleasing effect.

More: The Longest Reigning Monarch Queen Elizabeth II 2015 1oz Silver Intaglio Coin

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Sep 082015
 

Britain’s 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, Queen Elizabeth II will became the longest reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015.

Born on 21 April 1926, Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne on the death of King George VI on 6 February 1952 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Queen Elizabeth’s historic 2015 milestone means she surpasses her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s previous record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes (63 years and 7 months) on the throne.

Watch how the Queen has changed over 63 years on the throne.

Queen of Australia

When The Queen visits Australia, she speaks and acts as Queen of Australia. Over the past 63 years she has devoted enormous energy in her service to Australia, visiting on 16 occasions during which she has been to every Australian State and the two mainland Territories. She has undertaken many important duties, as the following record of her visits attests.

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VISITS TO AUSTRALIA BY QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1954 – 2011

1954
Eight months after her coronation, the new Queen becomes the first reigning monarch to visit Australia
1963
The Queen commemorates the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Canberra
1970
The Queen marks the bi-centenary of Captain James Cook’s journey up the east coast of Australia with the inauguration of The Captain James Cook Memorial
1973
The Queen officially opens Sydney Opera House
1974
The Queen opens Australian Parliament in Canberra
1977
The Queen undertakes her Silver Jubilee Royal Tour
1980
The Queen opens the new High Court of Australia building in Canberra
1981
The Queen attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Melbourne
1982
The Queen opens the new National Gallery of Australia in Canberra
1986
The Queen signs the Proclamation for the Australia Act which makes Australian law independent of British parliaments and courts
1988
The Queen opens new Parliament House in Canberra, takes part in bicentenary celebrations, and attends World Expo Brisbane
1992
The Queen marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Sydney
2000
The Queen undertakes her first tour since the 1999 referendum on Australia’s Head of State
2002
The Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee and opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane
2006
The Queen opens the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne
2011
The Queen opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth and attends the ‘big Aussie barbie’ with tens of thousands of people on the city foreshore
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Australian Coin Tributes

The Perth Mint is delighted to honour The Queen’s achievement as Britain longest reigning monarch with three Australian legal tender commemorative coins. Struck from pure gold and silver, each coin is subject to an extremely limited mintage.

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  • 2oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown with handset aquamarine gemstone in its cross. Mintage: 350.
  • 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown. Mintage: 1,000.
  • 1oz Silver Proof Intaglio Coin – featuring an incused depiction of the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a pattern of Tudor roses. Mintage: 5,000.

Intaglio: devices or lettering which are sunk below neighboring surfaces, in this case design elements that are impressed (incused) into the coin table.

Each coin is housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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