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2008 Elizabeth I Anniversary Commemorative Coin
By CoinNews.net

The British Royal Mint has released a new 2008 commemorative £5 coin celebrating the 450th anniversary of the accession of Elizabeth I. The attractive, limited edition commemorative coin comes in Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof versions and bears a uniquely interesting reverse design.

On 17 November 1558 the 25-year-old Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen of England. According to the British Royal Mint:

She became one of the best-loved and influential English monarchs, whose date of accession remained a national holiday for 200 years …

Inspired by the magnificent ‘Armada’ portrait of Elizabeth by George Gower, the Queen is crowned and set within a mandorla created by four decorative arches. A Tudor rose has been placed at each connecting point while the two side arches each contain a beautiful leaf pattern reminiscent of the carvings made by the Queen’s loyal servant and friend, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. The year of her accession and the year of the anniversary are both shown in Roman numerals with the inscription ELIZABETH REGINA.

The designers and specifications of the 2008 Elizabeth I Anniversary commemorative coin
The obverse or heads side of the commemorative coin has an image of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. The reverse or tails side of the coin features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I and was created by silversmith Rod Kelly.

The uncirculated coin has the following specifications:

Denomination: £5
Composition: Cupro-nickel
Weight: 28.28 grams
Diameter: 38.61 mm

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