Elizabeth II, 1952-

Key Events

 1952 Elizabeth accedes to the throne on the death of her father, George VI.
 1952 World’s first jet airliner passenger service inaugurated by BOAC in Comet I aircraft
 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climb Mount Everest just before Coronation Day
 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson unravel the mystery of DNA
 1953 – 1954 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip embark on a 6 month world tour including Australia and New Zealand
 1955 Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister and is succeeded by Anthony Eden.
 1955 Laws restricting the burning of coal and establishing smokeless zones bring an end to London’s notorious fogs
 1956 Anglo-French forces invade Egypt after the nationalization of the Suez Canal.
 1957 Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister
 1957 The Gold Coast becomes independent as Ghana, the first British colony in Africa to receive its independence.
 1957 Queen Elizabeth addresses the United Nations and opens the 23rd Canadian Parliament
 1959 Oil is discovered in the North Sea.
 1959 Queen Elizabeth tours Canada and the United States
 1960 Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister makes ‘winds of change’ speech in South Africa.
 1960 Union of South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth.
 1962 Jamaica gains independence
 1963 Alec Douglas-Hume replaces Harold Macmillan as the Prime Minister.
 1963 The Beatles release their first LP.
 1964 Labour government of Harold Wilson takes office
 1966 Aberfan disaster leaves 116 children dead
 1967 Capital punishment abolished in the UK for murder, and one year later for all crimes
 1969 Prince Charles is invested as Prince of Wales.
 1969 Troubles break out in the North of Ireland
 1970 Edward Heath becomes Prime Minister.
 1971 Decimal currency is introduced.
 1973 Britain joins the European Community.
 1974 Miners strike brings down Heath Government. Harold Wilson returns as Prime Minister.
 1976 Concorde begins first supersonic trans-Atlantic flights
 1977 Celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Queens accession
 1978 The world’s first test-tube baby is delivered in Oldham, Greater Manchester
 1979 Margaret Thatcher succeeds James Callaghan, becoming Britain’s first woman Prime Minister.
 1981 Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer in St. Paul’s Cathedral.
 1982 Unemployment in Britain tops three million.
 1982 Britain goes to war with Argentina over control of the Falkland Islands
 1982 Pope John Paul II is first reigning pope to visit the UK.
 1984 Miners strike again but is defeated by Thatcher.
 1986 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60th birthday.
 1988 PanAm flight 103 bombed and crashes on Lockerbie killing 270
 1989 Poll tax is introduced amid widespread protest.
 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall. End of the ‘Cold War’.
 1990 Margaret Thatcher resigns as Prime Minister after 11 years and is succeeded by John Major.
 1991 The Allied forces liberate Kuwait during the Gulf War.
 1992 Princess Anne and Mark Phillips divorce. Windsor castle suffers severe fire damage.
 1993 European Parliament comes into force
 1994 Opening of the Channel Tunnel between England and France
 1996 Both the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Duke and Duchess of York divorce.
 1997 Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister and ends 18 years of Conservative government.
 1997 Hong Kong reverts to China after 155 years of British rule.
 1997 Diana Princess of Wales dies in Paris car crash
 1998 Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland
 1998 Scotland and Wales vote for their own Assemblies
 1999 Edward, Earl of Wessex, marries Sophie Rhys-Jones.
 2000 Queen Mother celebrates her 100th birthday.
 2001 Twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York destroyed by Islamic terrorists.
 2001 – 2014. Fourth Afghan War. British and Allied troops in Afghanistan.
 2002 Queen Elizabeth II marks her Golden Jubilee of 50 years of rule. Deaths of Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
 2003 British and US forces invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein
 2005 Prince Charles marries his second wife Camilla Parker-Bowles and she is given the title Duchess of Cornwall
 2006 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 80th birthday.
 2007 Tony Blair resigns as Prime Minister
 2007 Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip celebrate 60 years of marriage
 2007 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever reigning British monarch
 2008 World wide banking crisis. Government has to bail out two major British banks
 2009 Parliamentary integrity damaged by expenses scandal
 2010 David Cameron becomes Prime Minister
 2011 Prince William marries Catherine Middleton. They become Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
 2012 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee of 60 years since her accession to the throne.
 2012 Queen opens the London 2012 Olympic Games
 2013 Birth of Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
 2014 Scottish voters reject proposal by the Scottish National Party to leave the United Kingdom
 2014 End of 4th Afghan war. British forces leave Afghanistan.
 2015 Birth of Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge


1954 Halfcrown S. 4145 ESC 4353 (798I)

1954 Farthing slabbed and graded CGS 85

1958 Halfcrown S. 4145 ESC 4366 (798M)


1959 Halfcrown S. 4145 ESC 4369 (798N) slabbed and graded CGS 82 (Choice UNC)

1959 Florin S. 4146 ESC 4412 (968M) slabbed and graded CGS 78 (UNC)

1959 English Shilling S. 4147 ESC 4466 (1475Y)

1959 Scottish Shilling S. 4148 ESC 4502 (1475Z) Rated as ‘R’ (rare) in ESC


1960 Crown polished dies (New York British Trade Exposition issue)

S. 4143 ESC 4337 (393L) rated as ‘S’ (scarce) in ESC

Only 70,000 of these were minted, for export to the British Trade Fair in New York. At the close of the Exhibition, unsold pieces were removed from the plastic cases that they arrived in, and shipped home in bags.
That treatment makes perfect Polished Die specimens very hard to come by.
Diam: 39mm Weight: 28.3g
Copper 75% Nickel 25% (check this, Bull states fine silver)

1963 Sovereign

1963 National Trust Medal

Medals were presented to life members and are occasionally found inscribed on the edge. This example inscribed Evelyn Fowle.

Eimer 2102

1965 Sovereign

1973-74 Gilt Silver Medal – Escape from the Boers

1973-74 Gilt Silver Medal – Writing at Chartwell

1979 Bronze Medal

250th Anniversary of Putney Bridge

Harrods Medal in CuNi by the Royal Mint

Harrods Medal in Copper by the Royal Mint

1997_20p_PF_Britannia_CGS_94_UIN_ 25554_01_1300

1997 20 Pence Proof Britannia slabbed and graded CGS 94 (aFDC)

2000 Proof Maundy Set. Slabbed and graded LCGS 92-94 (aFDC)


2008 20 Pence Undated Mule

2009 Two Pounds Brittania Slabbed and Graded PCGS 69 DCAM

2020_2_Pounds_Mayflower_01_Ref_02083_NGC_PF_70_012020 £2 Silver Proof 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage

Slabbed and Graded NGC 70 (Choice UNC) (Top Pop)

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A collection of predominantly English coins from the Tudor era to the present day

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