Commemorative Medal - HM Queen Elizabeth II Coronation, 1953 card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Commemorative Medal - HM Queen Elizabeth II Coronation, 1953

1997.02.2675

Currently not on display

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HM Queen Elizabeth II Coronation, 1953 OBV: Crowned bust right. Around left field: ELIZABETH II around right field: CROWNED JUNE 2ND 1953. REV: View of Buckingham Palace with trees on left. In exergue, rose, thistle, shamrock and daffodil. SPINK LONDON (below exergual line) Cased with printed label inside lid. The reverse shows an artists impression of Buckingham palace, seen from across the lake in St James's park. In the exergue are the emblems of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ceylon, and Pakistan took place on 2 June 1953. Elizabeth, then aged 25, ascended the thrones of these countries upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952, and was proclaimed queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterwards. The coronation was delayed for more than a year because of the tradition that such a festival was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death of the preceding sovereign. In the ceremony itself, Elizabeth swore an oath to uphold the laws of her nations and to govern the Church of England. Celebrations took place and a commemorative medals were issued throughout the Commonwealth realms. It was the first British coronation to be televised; television cameras had not been allowed inside the abbey during her father's coronation in 1937.