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 ‘Plastic Set’.
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!