The Royal Mint Unveil Fifth Distinctive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

Today the Royal Mint unveiled what is to be the fifth and last portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to be featured on commemorative and circulating legal tender.

Fifth Difinitive Portrait

Unveiled at a ceremony in London’s National Portrait Gallery this morning, the portrait has received a positive response from both the industry and the general public.

This is an historic occasion in Commonwealth currency, as it will be the last portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II to feature as the obverse effigy for circulating coinage in Great Britain and several other countries in the commonwealth. The design was chosen by a closed competition commissioned by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, with the winning entry by Royal Mint engraver, Jody Clark. He is the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in over 100 years. At 33 years of age when his design was chosen, Jody is also the youngest of the five designers to have created the portraits of The Queen that have appeared on UK circulating coin during her 63 year reign. Previous portraits of the Queen have been designed by Mary Gillick (1952-1968), Arnold Machin (1968-1985), Raphael Maklouf (1985-1998), Ian Rank-Broadley (1998-2015).

The announcement of the new design was made in January, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of Mary Gillick, who designed the first effigy in 1952. The new design comes in the year that Queen Elizabeth II is to become the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years and 216 days.

The new portrait design will start to appear in circulating coinage later in the year but is available now through a variety of Royal Mint 2015 coin sets.

It is likely, given the history of the obverse design of coinage from the United Kingdom, that Australia will be adopting this new design for it’s circulating and collector coinage soon.


Torrent of Coronation Tributes


Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Nicky Philipps

The Royal Australian Mint’s announcement on Monday the 17th of June that it is releasing the second ever full-colour $2 commemorative into circulation is just the latest in a string of high-profile tributes for and commemorations of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th Coronation anniversary. One such commemoration from the UK’s Royal Mail that slipped under the radar somewhat is the commissioning of a unique portrait of the Queen for exclusive use on the Royal Mail’s stamps.

GB 2013 £5 Coronation PNC

GB 2013 £5 Coronation PNC

Pictured above in the official GB 2013 £5 Coronation PNC, this portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Nicky Philipps is only available on select Royal Mint products. The Royal Mail has gifted the original painting to the Royal Collection, and the PNC pictured above is available from Downies here.

2011 $5 Queens Visit Al-Br Unc w/FREE $1 CHOGM

Just hours after the highly anticipated arrival of HM Queen Elizabeth II in Australia for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) held in Perth – Downies is pleased to announce the newest Royal-themed issue from the Royal Australian Mint – the 2011 $5 Queen’s Visit Unc. As seen on TV, this truly unique tribute to Her Majesty features 16 St Edward’s Crowns – symbolising each of the Queen’s visits ‘down under’. Created by Mr Wojciech Pietranik, a renowned designer behind the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games medals, this 38.74mm coin has been approved by the Queen herself!

2011 $5 Queens Visit Al-Br Unc

A fitting issue to mark this official event – when you purchase your 2011 $5 Queen’s Visit Unc at Downies, we are delighted to provide you with a FREE 2011 $1 CHOGM BU Coin!

2011 $1 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting BU

The perfect pair issued in celebration of this bi-yearly event – be sure to visit to secure your next Royal Family tribute!