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My older brother who has passed away was born in England in 1953 while my father served in the USAF and my mother went with him. It was our tradition that a silver dollar be taped over the infants belly button to prevent "outies" and I still have the coin used since there were no silver dollars to use over there. By the way, all 5 of us had nice "innie" belly buttons. Whether it worked or not, we carry on with the tradition. 100% success so far.

1953 ELIZABETH II

FIVE SHILLINGS CORONATION CROWN

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Elizabeth's coronation was special to me as a child because my grandmother was a huge fan of hers and travelled to England for the coronation.  She returned with a souvenir die cast golden carriage  pulled by white horses that I was allowed to handle when I visited  her but spent most of its time on her mantle.  When she passed, it went to my late aunt so I have no idea what happened to it. 

 

The new Prime Minister referred to Charles III but that is the only reference to the name of the new king (some change it) I have heard.  I do not have a coin of Charles I and my half crown of Charles II is a bit ratty.  Charles I was beheaded.  Charles II suffered a great deal of turmoil at the start of his reign during the Cromwell era.  May Charles III be spared the troubles of the first two of the name. 

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11 minutes ago, dougsmit said:The new Prime Minister referred to Charles III but that is the only reference to the name of the new king (some change it) I have heard.  I do not have a coin of Charles I and my half crown of Charles II is a bit ratty.  Charles I was beheaded.  Charles II suffered a great deal of turmoil at the start of his reign during the Cromwell era.  May Charles III be spared the troubles of the first two of the name. 

Yes it’s been confirmed as Charles III. Quite a lot of people were expecting something else given Charles I but I think most of the usual names have negative connotations somewhere. Except perhaps Elizabeth…

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The other two other kings called Charles had some nice coins. Hopefully Charles III will do too.

Charles I Group D Shilling, 1635-1636image.png.e134789fb0cd2566cd94ec723da4025a.pngTower. Silver, 29mm, 5.96g. Fourth bust type 3a with falling lace collar, facing left, large XII behind bust, no inner circle; mint mark crown; CAROLUS D GMAG BRI FR ET HIB REX. Round garnished shield with no inner circle mint mark crown; CHRISTO AUSPICE REGNO (S 2791). From the Ewerby (Lincolnshire) Hoard 2016, buried by 1643 during the English Civil War.

Charles II Undated Milled Twopence, 1660-1662
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Tower. Silver, 12mm, 1.01g. Bust left to bottom of coin, single arched crown, II behind, toothed border; legend from lower left, CAROLVS. II. D. G. M. B. F. &. H. REX. Long cross fourchée over quartered shield of arms, initial mark crown on reverse only; legend from upper right, CHRISTO. AVSPICE. REGNO (S 3318). Ex William Christopher Boyd.

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My condolences to the British nation and all its citizens for the lost of Queen Elizabeth.  As one with Welsh heritage in your honor I'll post one of my favorite works of art that graces my homes walls. A signed orginal print by the artist. Eugene Tily

The cricket match... https://www.loc.gov/item/96523583/

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I have many random and circulated QEII world coins from travel but below is one of my favorites - a 1965 crown with two great Brits, the Queen and Churchill.  Purchased as a youth vacationing with my family in Bermuda back in 1983.  I remember the owner of the stamp & coin shop there in Hamilton offering me either this coin or a Charles & Diana wedding commemorative coin.  I never regretted the choice.  RIP to a wonderful woman who was the epitome of class and perhaps the best ambassador that her nation ever had. 

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She was a few feet away from me at Ascot Racecourse some years ago, walking down a path towards the Royal Enclosure with people either side. She had this trick, which I'm sure she had mastered over many thousands of visits, of 'scanning' the faces in front of her by slowly looking from one side to the other and then back again. So for just a fraction of a second it felt like she was smiling directly at me from very close; and I'm sure everyone else in the crowd felt exactly the same, even though she wouldn't have known any of us from Adam. Very impressive. And although I was born a few months after her coronation and have lived in Britain all my life I was genuinely surprised at just how small she was in real life.

After all that time it's going to be very weird singing God Save The King!

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Elizabeth II Malaya & British Borneo 50 Cents, 1961
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Some of my Elizabeth II crowns, most of them previously posted in the "Crowns" thread.

 

Elizabeth II Crown 1953 (Cupro-Nickel), S. 4136 (Coronation Crown, Obv. Queen on horseback).

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Elizabeth II Crown 1960 (Cupro-Nickel), Young laureate Head, S. 4143.

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Elizabeth II Crown 1965 (Cupro-Nickel), Young laureate Head, S. 4144, Churchill Rev. (“Churchill Crown").

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Elizabeth II Decimal Coinage Crowns:

Elizabeth II 1972 (Cupro-Nickel) Twenty-five pence (Crown), Arnold Machin Portrait, S. 4226 (Silver Wedding Commemorative, Elizabeth & Philip).

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Elizabeth II 1977 (Cupro-Nickel) Twenty-five pence (Crown), Obv. Queen on Horseback, S. 4227 (Silver Jubilee Commemorative).

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Elizabeth II 1980 (Cupro-Nickel) Twenty-five pence (Crown), S. 4228 (Queen Mother’s 80th Birthday Commemorative).

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Elizabeth II 1981, AR Twenty-five pence (Crown), S. 4229, Rev. Charles & Diana Jugate heads left (Royal Wedding Commemorative). 

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[See Spink Standard Catalogue of British Coins, 2011 single-volume edition, p. 548: “Before decimalization in 1971, crowns had a nominal denomination of five shillings and this was then changed to twenty-five pence [i.e., retaining the ¼ pound face value] in 1972 when the Silver Wedding commemorative was issued. Over time with increasing metal, manufacturing and distribution costs, the production of coins with such a low face value was not economic and the decision was taken to change to a higher value that would last for many years. The first of the five pound coins was issued in 1990 to mark the ninetieth birthday of The Queen Mother.”]

Elizabeth II 1990 AR Proof Five pounds (Crown), Raphael Malouf Portrait, S. 4301 (Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday Commemorative).

Elizabeth II 1998 AR Proof Five pounds (Crown), Ian Rank-Broadley Portrait, S. 4550 (Prince Charles 50th Birthday Commemorative).

Elizabeth II 1999 AR Proof Five pounds (Crown), S. 4551 (Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial).

Elizabeth II 1999/2000 AR Proof Five pounds (Crown), S. 4552 (Millennium commemorative, edge “WHAT’S PAST IS PROLOGUE”).

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Cupro-Nickel Proof Crowns (Part of Annual Royal Mint Proof Sets)

1. Elizabeth II 1993 Cupro-Nickel Proof FDC Five Pounds (Crown), 40th Anniversary of the Coronation, S. 4302 (Part of PS 51). Obv. Queen’s Young laureate Head in center, surrounded by eight trumpeters on horseback; denomination FIVE POUNDS below / Rev. St. Edward’s Crown encircled by forty trumpets all within the inscription “FAITH AND TRUTH I WILL BEAR UNTO YOU” and the dates “1953-1993” (Reverse Design: Robert Elderton).

2. Elizabeth II 1996 Cupro-Nickel Proof FDC Five Pounds (Crown), 70th Birthday of Queen, S. 4303 (Part of PS 57). Obv. Crowned Portrait right (by Raphael Maklouf); denomination FIVE POUNDS below / Rev. Representation of Windsor Castle with five flag poles, two holding forked pennants with anniversary dates 1926 and 1996, the other flags are Royal Arms, the Union flag and Our Personal flag (Reverse Design: Avril Vaughan), edge “VIVAT REGINA ELIZABETHA.”

3. Elizabeth II 1997 Cupro-Nickel Proof FDC Five Pounds (Crown), Golden Wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, S. 4304 (Part of PS 59). Obv. Conjoint portraits of The Queen and Prince Philip right (Obverse design: Philip Nathan) / Rev. Pair of shields, chevronwise; on left, Our Royal Arms, on right, shield of Prince Philip; above, a Royal Crown separating the dates 1947 and 1997 with the date 20 November under Crown; beneath shields, an anchor cabled, above denomination FIVE POUNDS (Rev. Design: Leslie Durbin).

4. Elizabeth II 2002 Cupro-Nickel Proof FDC Five Pounds (Crown), Golden Jubilee commemorative (1952-2002), S. 4555 (Part of PS 72). Obv. New Crowned Portrait of Queen right (by Ian Rank-Broadley); below, denomination FIVE POUNDS / Rev. Equestrian portrait of The Queen left with inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF around circumference and AMOR POPULI PRAESIDIUM REG within; in exergue, date 2002 separated by central element of Royal Arms (Reverse Design: Ian Rank-Broadley).

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Elizabeth II 2001 AR Proof FDC Five Pounds (Crown), 100th Anniversary of Death of Queen Victoria, 1901-2001, S. 4554. Obv. Crowned Portrait of Queen right (by Ian Rank-Broadley) / Rev. Portrait of young Queen Victoria left (based on William Wyon’s Penny Black postage stamp portrait) within stylized railway lines in the shape of a V, together with a portion of the words ONE PENNY below, and the anniversary dates of 1901 and 2001 above, all inside V; in background outside V, the iron framework of the Crystal Palace with the value 5 POUNDS in lower left field. (Reverse design: Mary Milner-Dickens). 38.61 mm., 28.28 g.

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The official coronation medals ended with Elizabeth's father George VI, but here's an unofficial coronation medal of Elizabeth II by Spink that I like:

Great Britain, Elizabeth II  Unofficial AE Coronation Medal, 1953 (large), by Spink and Son. Obv. Crowned bust right. Around left field: ELIZABETH II, around right field: CROWNED JUNE 2ND 1953. / Rev. View of Buckingham Palace with trees on left, seen from across the lake in St James's Park. In exergue, rose, thistle, shamrock and daffodil (the emblems of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales); SPINK LONDON (below exergual line). 57 mm. BHM 4458; Eimer 2086a. Purchased from Hedley Betts, Jan. 11, 2008.

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And here is what I believe to be the new king's first appearance on an official royal medal of any kind, back in 1969:

Great Britain, AR Official Medal for Investiture of Prince of Wales [Prince Charles] 1969, by Michael Rizello, in red leather case of issue. Obv. Bust right, draped, ARWISGIAD CHARLES TYWYSOG CYMRU [Investiture of Charles Prince of Wales] around, CAERNARFON 1969 below / Rev. The Welsh Dragon, left, Y DDRAIG GOCH DDYRY CYCHWYN. 57 mm. Eimer 2116 & Pl. 235.

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