In 1953, for the Coronation of
Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal
Mint issued new coins with the
Queen’s portrait. For the first
time ever, they issued all the
coins from the Farthing to the
Halfcrown in a plastic wallet. So
this set became known as the
You get the Farthing, Halfpenny,
Penny, Brass Threepence, Sixpence, English Shilling, Scottish Shilling, Florin and
Halfcrown, all in the plastic wallet as issued. Of course over the past 65 years the wallet
has become a little bit brittle and the coins a little mellowed in toning. They are important
one year type coins and the first coins of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.
But, and this is a very important point, the 1953 coins are all unique type coins. In 1954
they changed the legend and therefore the 1953 coins are all unique one year type coins. Available here with light toning.
In 1977 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee or 25th anniversary as our Queen. The Royal
Mint issued a special Crown to mark the occasion and more importantly, issued every denomination
for that year for circulation. This is something that did not happen all that often. They also issued a Proof
Set of these 1977 coins, but they did not issue a Mint Set in 1977.
Years ago we obtained a quantity of the coins and had Sandhill make up a red white and blue display
card for the 1977 Mint Set. It comes in a Sandhill case, which with the insert would cost you today at
least £4-£5, as they are no longer made.
You get the Halfpenny, Penny, Twopence, Five Pence, Ten Pence, 50 Pence and Crown. Only the
Penny and Twopence are still being made today of the same size and even they are now made out of steel.
All the other coins have been reduced in size except for the Halfpence and Crown which are no longer
All of the coins are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, remember the case and insert alone would cost
you £4-£5 today, a bargain!
When the Royal Mint strikes coins, they strike them in three different qualities. The Proof coins for
the Proof Sets, the Specimen coins for the Mint Sets and the Uncirculated for actual usage. The
ones that are most difficult to get are the real Uncirculated coins. We have tried bank after bank and they
just don’t have Uncirculated coins available. Perhaps the Royal Mint wants to protect their striking of
Specimen and Proof Sets.
The real Uncirculated set on offer, that is coins that were actually struck for usage by the public and not
for inclusion into sets is dated 1997. You get the Uncirculated 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p, the coins are
Brilliant Uncirculated with the occasional bag mark, but these coins were struck to be used and as such
are extremely difficult to get.
These were the last coins struck with the so-called Maklouf bust of the Queen on them. A very difficult
set to get.