Queen Elizabeth acceded in 1952 but her first coinage accompanied her Coronation the year after, in 1953. As part of the celebrations the mint released a limited number of complete sets of the new coins and struck them to Proof standards of quality. They issued the Queen Elizabeth II Proof Quality Coin Set of 1953 in hinge-lid cases but as the sets left the coins open to the air, the coins often exhibit some signs of ageing.
Notwithstanding this, it is a very important set to own – crucially it is the starting point of coinage in Her Majesty’s reign, a reign that is now the most remarkable for British coinage in both the length and breadth of coins that have been minted. A number of coins in this set are of great importance historically, further increasing its significance:
- The crown is a one year only type, a special commemorative struck only in 1953 for the coronation.
- In 1954 Her Majesty’s titles were changed on the coinage making the 1953 coins the only ones ever issued with the original obverse titles.
- The 1953 halfcrown, florin, both shillings, sixpence and threepence were all new designs never seen before
- The 1953 penny was never released into circulation, only ever being struck for collector sets of that year
- The farthing was discontinued in 1956 making the 1953 issue the first of just four coins of this type
At Hattons of London, we believe that the Queen Elizabeth II Proof Quality Coin Set of 1953 will prove an extremely valuable memento of our amazing monarch’s reign.