When Prince Charles announced his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer, Coincraft was the only company in the whole world who managed to get out a medallion in the very short time allotted. But we even managed two different designs. When the informal bust design sold out, we had a second issue made with an informal dress. It is this second and scarcer of the two with formal dress that we now offer you. Steve found 45 of the formal bust engagement medallion in goldine when we moved. They are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and really are difficult to find, we should know, we had them made in 1981.
We issued this medal was issued in 1981, and it was one of only two engagement medals that we issued at the time. The other one was one that we issued with informal portraits on it. The formal one has Prince Charles in a military uniform and Diana in cocktail dress. It is struck in Proof like cupro-nickel and the mintage was rather small. We just found 120 pieces in one of the vault rooms, having been put away for the past 38 years. I am going to offer them at what I think the original price was in 1981, but please remember that there are only 120 pieces available.
When Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, we issued a medal to honour the event. We did it with formal portraits of the couple and issued it in several different metals. The ones on offer today are in cupro-nickel. The mintage was rather small, especially compared to the number of other medals and crowns that were issued worldwide. Steve found them in one of the vault rooms. I had completely forgotten about them. Supplies are limited.
The late Princess Diana would have been 60 years old this year, her sons recently unveiled a statue to her. We have a collection of five different full colour medallions issued to honour her. As the medallions say ‘The People’s Princess’ and also ‘The Last Rose of England’. The obverse has a facing portrait of Princess Diana as Princess of Wales and the dates 1961 1997 and her signature ‘Diana’. The reverses have five different full colour photographs of her looking very elegant and beautiful. The collection comes in a handsome presentation case, something you will be proud to own and display. They are beautiful gold plated Proofs and please remember that there are five different medallions and presentation case for only £19.50. Get them while we have them, as we are not sure we can get any more. With all the publicity about her 60th birthday, they are sure to be very popular.
This handsome crownsized Proof medallion was issued in 1987, some 31 years ago for the Maiden voyage of Cunard’s ship the Queen Elizabeth II. One of the people who made this medallion for Cunard found some in a room at his business. They had sat there forgotten for the past 31 years. Anything with ships on it is highly collectable. In Germany there is even a club for ship coin collectors. This gleaming two coloured Proof shows the great ship on one side the Queen Elizabeth II symbol on the other side. It comes in a six-page full colour presentation wallet. The ship has now been laid up and is no longer in service.
In 1935 King George V celebrated his Silver Jubilee and the Royal Mint struck a beautiful medallion to honour the event. You have the conjoined busts of King George V and Queen Mary on one side and Windsor Castle on the other side. These medallions were struck in Sterling Silver and are now 83 years old. To protect them, the Royal Mint issued them in red card boxes, which over the years have gotten damaged and lost. So it was quite exciting when a dealer offered us this group complete in their original red card boxes of issue. Of course the medallions have toned over the years, but then this is what Sterling Silver does. The boxes have seen a little handling but are extremely difficult to find. The Royal Mint also issued a commemorative crown for the Silver Jubilee, so maybe it would be nice to show the two side by side.
In 2012 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her ascending the throne 1952-2012. To celebrate this historic event a new Medal or decoration was issued. It showed the Queen with her hair up and wearing a tiara. The reverse has E II R crowned within a set of boxes and the dates 1952-2012. As with most awards, they also issued a miniature for wearing when the full-sized original would be too big to wear. It is these miniatures that we now offer you. They are complete with a red, white, and blue ribbon and the medal itself is silver plated. We assume these are official, but to be honest we really don’t know. We were offered them, they look fantastic, the price was right and we thought that you collectors might like one (Actual size of medal 18mm).
Queen Elizabeth II has already surpassed Queen Victoria as our longest-serving Monarch, King George III is the third longest-serving Monarch. In 2012 the International Currency Bureau issued a beautiful crownsized medal that honoured both Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria on Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary as Queen. It is in Prooflike condition and comes in a rather special presentation folder. We thought we had sold out but found a carton in a storeroom. We are not raising the price, but today this medal is even more important and more historical. Supplies are very limited.