An incredible feat for any couple but a staggeringly rare one for a sitting monarch, a platinum wedding anniversary marks seven decades of commitment. Queen Elizabeth II is one of the worlds longest-ever serving monarchs, and probably one of the most admired. Her marriage to Prince Philip has been in the spotlight for all that time and many previous anniversaries have had numismatic celebrations, so this one was never going to be overlooked.
Many of the major Commonwealth mints are issuing coins, but none will be as unique as the Pobjoy Mint’s new effort. Already available as a one-ounce sterling silver coin, this design has overdosed on growth hormone and expanded to over two-kilograms in weight. It’s picked up some gilding and diamonds along the way as well. Now seventy-ounces of fine 0.999 silver in weight, the reverse face has several elements highlighted in gold plating, mainly the accoutrements of power that come with the office of state. Elizabeth’s crown and Philips neck-ware have been encrusted with 70 diamonds with a combined weight of 1-Carat.
The obverse is an unusual one, featuring a double effigy of the pair, much like the new Royal Mint design, although we think the latter one superior. Packaging looks to be of the best quality. At 130 mm in diameter, a coin this large needs something a bit special and the wooden chest seems well up to the job. Price is a staggering £13,600 ($19,500 USD). Between the niche subject matter, ambitious spec and handmade production method, we expected a hefty cost, but not that high. The mint is claiming half the 70-coin mintage has already gone on launch day, so clearly a market exists.
Available to order now, you can contact Pobjoy at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about purchasing and availability.