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1980聽Elizabeth II Sovereign aUNC


The聽1980 Elizabeth聽II聽decimal head聽is the second聽circulating coinage portrait of the Queen聽by Arnold Machin. This聽has always been my favourite portrait of聽Queen Elizabeth II.聽The Queen has ruled for longer than any other reigning monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe.聽As the 1980s began, politics was a hot topic and the television of the time reflected this with millions tuning in to watch the satirical聽Yes Minister. A recession loomed but Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher insisted, "The lady's not for turning," and John Lennon was shot dead at his New York home. Many were sad to see the pre-decimal sixpence withdrawn from circulation, but it lived on in the Christmas puddings of many a family home!


Elizabeth II (1952-),聽gold sovereign, 1980, second shoulder-length portrait right, wearing a tiara and off the shoulder dress,聽by engraver Arnold Machin, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding,聽ELIZABETH路II路DEI路GRATIA路REGINA路F:D:聽(鈥淨ueen Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God,聽Defender of the Faith鈥),聽rev.聽struck聽en m茅daille, St.聽George聽on horseback slaying dragon with sword right, plumed helmet with three-strand streamer, horse with long tail, ending in three strands, with one spur higher up at curve, broken lance on ground-line to left,聽date in exergue, tiny B.P. raised in upper right of exergue for engraver Benedetto Pistrucci, edge milled聽(Marsh 311; S.4204).聽Almost uncirculated.聽Calendar year聽mintage 5,100,000.

Queen Elizabeth II, Coronation Day, 1953, by Cecil Beaton.

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