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Silver Kilo 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Kilo 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. Most of these by tradition are measured in troy ounces of fractions thereof, but the mint also introduced metric coins measuring one kilogram of pure metal (they are actually fractionally heavier as a whole, to account for the small amount of other metal in the alloy).

The 1 kg silver coins are denominated as Five Hundred Pounds (£500), although their intrinsic (bullion) value is much higher than their face value. The coins vary in design depending on the occasion (they are "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs).

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art.

This commemorative 1 kg silver coin celebrates the Longest Reigning Monarch in the history of United Kingdom. On 9 September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II had ruled for more than 63 years and 216 days, which was the longest reign before her - that of Queen Victoria.

Excluding the £20, all the coins in the Longest Reigning Monarch coin range feature a new commemorative portrait by James Butler, which makes the coin a modern rarity, as it is unusual to have a portrait different from the "definitive" effigy of the monarch.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage278
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Obverse
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Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right. The Queen wears the "George IV State Diadem" - which she also has on the Raphael Maklouf and the Jody Clark portraits.

In small letters to the left of the head, the artist's initials JB (for James Butler).

Around right, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

The face value, denomination and date 500 POUNDS · 2015 are around left, facing the opposite way.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2015
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Kilo 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch - reverse photo

The reverse shows each of the five definitive portraits of Queen Elizabeth II which have been used on regular coinage of the United Kingdom, creating a time-line effect.

From left to right, the First Portrait by Mary Gillick (1953), the Second Portrait by Arnold Machin (1964), Third Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (1985), Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (1998) and Fifth Portrait by Jody Clark (2015).

Below the portrait, the Queen's monogram E II R (abbreviated from Elizabeth II Regina, from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, Queen), crowned with the Imperial State Crown.

Around below, the inscription THE LONGEST REIGN.

The artist's initials ST (for Stephen Taylor) are below the monogram. The value, denomination and date are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription E II R THE LONGEST REIGN
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All (43) coins of type: Silver Kilo (1 kg)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Kilo 2012 London Olympics 910 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 500 POUNDS · 2012
Silver One Kilo 2012 Diamond Jubilee 206 Royal Arms ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS
Silver Kilo 2013 Coronation Anniversary 301 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 500 POUNDS · 2013
Silver One Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening 194 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 500 POUNDS
Silver Kilo 2014 First World War Outbreak 165 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 500 POUNDS · 2014
Silver Kilo 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 278 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2015
Silver Kilo 2015 Churchill 69 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 500 POUNDS · 2015
Silver Kilo 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 447 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Silver Kilo 2017 Year of the Rooster 61 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 225 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2017 Platinum Wedding 96 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · 500 POUNDS
Silver Kilo 2017 Lion of England 117 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 80 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Year of the Dog 49 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Sapphire Jubilee 92 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Armistice unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Red Dragon of Wales 129 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Black Bull of Clarence 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Britannia 236 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2019 Victoria and Albert unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Kilo 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2019 Yale of Beaufort unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2019 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2020 The Three Graces 125 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Kilo 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2020 White Lion of Mortimer unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2020 White Horse of Hanover unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2020 James Bond 10 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Britannia, Premium Exclusive unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Griffin of Edward III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Kilo 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Prince Philip 77 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Gothic Crown 128 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Kilo 2022 Year of the Tiger 38 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Kilo 2022 The Seymour Panther unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
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Silver Kilo 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by James Butler
Face Value500 (x Pound)
Total Mintage278
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerStephen Taylor
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size100.000 mm
Mass1,005.000 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-LDRR-OXGL
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