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.
This Half Sovereign sized gold medal was issued years ago by Pobjoy Mint. It honours the H.M.S. Royal Sovereign, a ship under King Charles II. On one side you have the ship (1637-1696) and on the other side you have the bust of King Charles II. They are struck in Proof hallmarked 9ct Gold. Each one comes with a Pobjoy certificate in a plastic wallet, just the way they were issued. I think they are beautiful pieces and one that I have not seen in years and years. It was a limited edition all those years ago.
This beautiful silver coloured medal truly honours the Late Princess Diana. On one side is a full-colour photo of Diana with a tiara and a blue coloured stone set into a cartouche. The other side has her outline with flowers painted blue. It is in Proof condition and comes with a protective capsule. Supplies are very limited, so order now!
Earls Court Ferris Wheel, Bronze Medal, 1897. In 1895 a gigantic ferris wheel was built in Earls Court, London. To mark the event, they struck these bronze medals as souvenirs with an engraving of the wheel on one side and facts about the wheel on the other. They are 32mm diameter and were struck for each year from 1895-1907. This example is dated 1897 and is as struck with lovely toning and is now over 120 years old.
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.