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Queen's Platinum Jubilee 50p coin - how and when you can get your hands on one

Updated: Dec 30, 2021

Collectors can reserve their Platinum Jubilee 50p coin now, just click here.

In 2022, Britain's longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, will be celebrating an amazing 70 years on the throne. The nation will be marking the Platinum Jubilee with a mix of commemorative events that are already planned. In honour of this milestone, the Royal Mint has announced a new 50p coin that will be launched for the occasion. It is the first time that a royal event has been celebrated on a fifty pence coin. We expect that the special coin will be in high demand among collectors.

The coin will feature the number 70, representing the number of years of the Queen’s reign in 2022, with her cypher framed within the zero at the heart of the design.

Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint, said: “The Royal Mint has a proud history of striking coins for British monarchs and 2022 sees one of the greatest celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen with the upcoming Platinum Jubilee.

Queen Elizabeth II, full name Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born at 2.40am on 21st April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937 was a big event in the early days of television service and the first true outside broadcast.

Growing up, the young princess was a favourite with her grandparents and one of the few people in the family not afraid of the king. In early 1927, her parents departed on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, leaving her with her nannies. When they returned, they took a new house, 145 Piccadilly, near Hyde Park. It had 25 bedrooms, a lift and a ballroom but, by royal standards, Elizabeth was growing up in a cosy, normal house and her playmates in the gardens were the daughters of businessmen and doctors, not fellow princesses.


Early in 1947 Princess Elizabeth went with the king and queen to South Africa. After her return there was an announcement of her betrothal to her distant cousin Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten of the Royal Navy, formerly Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. The marriage took place in Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947. On the eve of the wedding her father, the king, conferred upon the bridegroom the titles of duke of Edinburgh, earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich. They took residence at Clarence House in London. Their first child, Prince Charles (Charles Philip Arthur George), was born on the 14th November 1948 at Buckingham Palace.

Elizabeth became queen of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on 6th February 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI. Elizabeth's Coronation took place later and was held in Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953 when she was 27 years of age.

The Queen is also head of state of 15 countries that are a part of the Commonwealth realm, including the UK. These include Australia, Canada and New Zealand, as well as several island nations in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean. These are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. There are also a host of overseas territories linked to the UK, Australia and New Zealand that are not in the Commonwealth but still have the Queen as head of state.

Family History

The name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha came into the British Royal Family in 1840 with the marriage of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert, son of Ernst, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha as a British dynasty was short-lived. It encompassed the reign of King Edward VII, who reigned for nine years at the beginning of the modern age in the early years of the twentieth century, and the first seven years of his son, King George V, who replaced the German title with the name Windsor in 1917, during the First World War. The name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha survived in other European monarchies, including the current Belgian Royal Family and the former monarchies of Portugal and Bulgaria.

Collectors can reserve their Platinum Jubilee 50p coin now, just click here.

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