Commemorative crown for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Production date
1953

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Description
Designed by sculptor Gilbert Ledward, the commemorative crown features Queen Elizabeth II riding on horseback. The edge inscription reads 'Faith and Truth I will Bear Unto You', which is taken from the coronation oath. The reverse features a crown in the centre of an emblematic cross formed from a thistle, rose, leek and shamrock.
Collection Type
Objects
History
This commemorative crown was issued to celebrate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953. The 1953 crown was the first UK commemorative coin issued during Queen Elizabeth II's reign, but it was not issued into general circulation. As a result, it is always highly sought-after by collectors and coin enthusiasts, both in the UK and internationally.

Following her accession to the throne in 1952, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became patron and president of the British Red Cross. The patronage was announced on 5 Dec 1952.

During the coronation, 1,500 members of the British Red Cross were on duty and dealt with 1,089 injuries. Junior members from each of the Dominions and Overseas Branches were invited to the UK for the coronation.
Catalogue Number
923/41/4
Associated Person and Role
British Red Cross Society. Kent Branch

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