In 2012 the nation will join together as Queen Elizabeth II reaches a landmark 60 years on the throne. She will become only the second ever British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, and preparations are already well underway for the event and parties that will be taking place up and down the country.
The pre-decimal Queen Elizabeth II Penny was originally struck by the Royal Mint between 1953 and 1970 in bronze, and it followed the traditional British Penny design with Britannia on the reverse. The youthful effigy of Queen Elizabeth II was designed by Mary Gillick, and epitomised the fresh start the country was making after the war. The large, bronze penny has been the starting point of many a coin collection, and is remembered fondly by all who used it.
Now, as we get closer to the Diamond Jubilee, you have the chance to enjoy this classic British coin in a new light – and relive the golden age of British currency. The rich 24 Carat Gold Plating and the painstakingly applied Rhodium Platinum highlights the design in a way that has never been seen before.