Queen Elizabeth II Portraits on Currency

Hello and welcome back coin collectors to
another All Change Review Now this week we are going to do something
a little different and we going to look at the different portraits of Queen Elizabeth
II which have appeared on money in the period of her reign
I thought it would be appropriate this week with her becoming the longest serving British
monarch on the 9th September and there have been 5 of them over the years and 4 of these
are still currently in circulation so let’s get started.
Queen Elizabeth II or to give her full UK title Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by
the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of
Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith.
phew, a bit of a mouth full, she was coroneted on the 2nd June 1953 and the same year saw
the first coin issued with her portrait on which I have an example of just here on a
half a crown coin, nice big coin this one. so I’m not going to pop up the stats for
each coin as we have 5 different ones to go through we will come back to that when we
look at the actual coins themselves. so this portrait here was done by Mary Gillick
and the portrait has been described as fresh, evocative and beautifully and reflected the optimistic
mood of the nation, sort of greeting a new era. After coming out the horrificness that was the
Second World War. as you can see here it is a plain simple design
and the Queen is just wearing a wreath in it. Now this design is the only one not still in
circulation, it stopped being used when decimalisation came in around 1968 to 71 but is still used
on Maundy money as well also I’m just going to point out the Latin we have around the
edge as you can see we have , and I can’t pronounce Latin correctly but no one actually
knows how it was pronounced so I might be getting it right ‘Dei Gratia Regina’ which
is Latin for ‘By the Grace of God, Queen’. And other coins we also have F D or Fid Def
which stands for ‘Fidei defensor’ which means ‘Defender of the Faith’ which reflects her
position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Which is quite an impressive title and a Impressive sounding title. So the process of decimalisation started in 1968 which brings us on to the second portrait so I’m going to move this one back and bring it in here
now this second portrait of the Queen was done by Arnold Machin and I have it here on
an old style 50p and this is the same 50p from the first review, the actual portrait
was first approved back in 1964 4 years before it even came in as you can see the wreath
has now been replaced by the tiara which the Queen was given as a wedding present by her
grandmother Queen Mary and a version of this portrait is what has been definitively used
on postage stamps since 1967 and as a result there have been 320 billion copies of it printed
making it possibly the most reproduced image in the history of the world.
so with that in mind, I’m going to knock it over, then pick it back up, and move it
back and then were going to move on to 1985 and the third portrait,
so let’s line these up. now the third portrait was done by Raphael
Maklouf please forgive my pronunciation on that one and this one is on a Australian dollar,
as I thought I would mix it up a bit with the coins that we are using and to show same
portraits are used on coinage all over the world with counties that are in the commonwealth
and a couple that are not in the commonwealth as well.
As you can see here this time the Queen is wearing the royal diadem which what she also
wears on the state opening of parliament as well. now some critics and people did accuse
Raphael of making the Queen look flatteringly young but his response to them was “his intention
was to create a symbol that was regal and ageless” also you can just make out his initials
on the base of her neck RDM the D being for David as they did not want to just put RM
in case people thought it stood for Royal Mint. Mint.
so that brings us on to our forth coin now this is probably the most common one that
is actually in circulation at the moment by Ian Rank-Broadley I was minted in 1997 first
on the £2 coins but due to an issue with vending machines it did not get officially
brought out till 1998 and strangely were Raphael got criticised for making the Queen look to
Ian got criticised for making the Queen look to old which proves you can never please
everyone, but his comments to the critics was “there is no need to disguise the matureness
of the Queens years and no need to flatter her. She is a 70 year old woman with poise
bearing” Which is fair enough
so he was also conscious that the coins where getting smaller this was when the new 50p…
sorry the 50p had already shrunk but the 5ps and 10ps had also gone down in size as well
so to compensate for this he made the image as large as possible in the area he had to
work with so then that brings up to date and brings us on the latest portrait by Jody Clark,
let me get that in to shot. Now was released this year 2015 and have it
here on a one penny piece. the way it was chosen was Jody Clark along
with number of leading sculptors and members of the Royal Mint design team where asked
to submit anonymous portraits in a competition for the new design in an interview with him
actually you can hear him on the Royal Mint YouTube page he said he thought the Queen
had not aged too much since the last portrait was minted so he decided to concentrate more
on regalia that she was wearing and as you can see she now has the diadem crown back
on which she was also coroneted in and there is a slight change to the earrings as well
he said “he wanted to catch the symbol of the Queen rather than just the person who she is”. and that is the five portraits of the Queen
now the Royal Mint has announced it is going to realise a special commemorative coin a
£20 coin which will have all portraits of the Queen laid out on the front of it with
Jody Clarks portrait on the back and that is to commemorate her being the longest reigning
British monarch so what do you think of latest design? and
actually do you have a favourite out of all of these designs? let me know in the comments
section below and if there are any way you think I should like improve this make it more
stand out and jazzy also let me know But that brings us to the end the review
so thank you for watching and until next time
Keep collecting Bye

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