Ultramodern numismatist P.K. Saha forwarded these images of the Royal Mint's new commemorative of the Diamond Jubilee of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Nice coin! I like the young/old portrait combination on the obverse and reverse. I found an article from the Daily Mail. Here are some excerpts.
A commemorative £5 coin with two heads celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has been launched by the Royal Mint.
The collectors' piece features two new portraits of the Queen by celebrated sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.
The first of the images shows the Royal as she appears today, dressed in formal Garter robes.
On the reverse the artwork is inspired by the first portrait of the Queen to appear on coins from 1953, and features a youthful Elizabeth classically depicted wearing a laurel crown.
Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint museum, said: "Working with some of the finest artists in Britain, the Royal Mint has captured the Queen's likeness on the coinage for almost 60 years and in her Diamond Jubilee year we wanted to honour her remarkable achievements with a remarkable coin.
'Ian's new portraits tell the story of the Queen's long reign with beauty and elegance, dignity and character, evoking the spirit of the Queen as only a truly gifted artist can."
Following normal practice, the design for the coin was approved by Buckingham Palace.
The first circulating coin featuring the Queen's portrait was designed in 1953 by Mary Gillick when the monarch was 27.
The image appeared on pre-decimalisation coins including the farthing, shilling and florin.
A second portrait appeared in 1968 designed by Arnold Machin, Raphael Maklouf designed the third portrait in 1985, depicting the Queen in her late fifties, and Mr Rank-Broadley created the fourth in 1998.
The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee next year when the focus of the celebrations will be an extended four-day bank holiday weekend in June.
QUICK QUIZ: On which U.S. coin or coins does the same person appear on both the obverse and reverse?
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I'll call heads: Royal mint's £5 jubilee coin features portrait of the Queen on both sides
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