Sunday, February 6, 2011

News from the Great White North

Tom Moore Sr, better known to his many readers as The Anglophile, published an exciting post this morning about The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal unveiled last week by Canada's Governor General David Johnson and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It is a proud moment to be Canadian.

Governor General David Johnston, left, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveil the Diamond Jubilee medal design at Rideau Hall, Thursday.
Governor General Johnson and Prime Minister Harper presenting the jubilee medal design

The medal will be awarded to Canadian citizens in recognition of significant contributions to country and community and is intended as an honour to Her Majesty's 60 years on the throne. Queen Elizabeth is only the second British monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee, Queen Victoria being the first, in 1897. 

Reverse of 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Gold Medal

A number of medals and medallions were issued, by a number of different issuing houses, for the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. The medallion shown above is the Official medallion, struck by the Royal Mint. The two sides of the medals show young head and veiled head portraits of the queen, engraved in high relief.

HM Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 will be a brilliant celebration but let's not forget a few other events on the calendar for 2011!
The 2011 UK Prince Philip 90th Birthday £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Pack
Royal Engagement Alderney £5 Fine Gold Plated Silver Crown

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