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2019 400th Anniversary Gold Proof Quarter Laurel

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NEW & EXCLUSIVE Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on a brand new 22 Carat Gold Coin

The Gold Laurel. A gold coin that was first issued 400 years ago.

The coin was a successor to the original sovereign, and would only be struck for a total of 6 years during the 17th Century – the final years of the reign of King James I.  In 2019 we mark the anniversary of the very first issue of this coin, with the release of a new coin featuring an unprecedented effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Gold Laurel of King James I

King James I of England came to the throne in 1603, having already reigned as King of Scotland since 1567. At the time the Sovereign had been the premier gold coin of the country for over a century, with a value of twenty shillings. This remained the case as the reign began, but was soon replaced by a new coin called the Unite – celebrating the uniting of the two kingdoms under the one monarch.

But the Unite would not survive for long and in 1619 a new gold coin was struck, which quickly became known as the Laurel. The coin would only be struck for 6 years and would disappear on King James I’s death – never to reappear again.

The coin was named after the obverse design that saw the king unusually wear a laurel wreath on his head, rather than a crown. In addition, the coin uniquely saw the effigy of James I face the wrong way compared to all other coins of his reign.

400th Anniversary

It is now 400 years since the brief history of the Laurel coinage – and to mark this key numismatic landmark an exceptional new coin has been released, which without question is one of the most special coins seen in years.

Struck in 22 Carat Gold, the new commemorative release seems certain to capture the imagination of collectors everywhere due to the fact it features an unprecedented laurel effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

Further to that is the fact that, just like the original Laurel Coins of the reign of King James I, the new release in 2019 sees the effigy of the Queen face the wrong way to all her other coinage that is currently released throughout the world. This makes this coin genuinely unique.

Both these remarkable changes to the effigy have been approved the Queen for this particular coin issue only.

Tiny Edition Limit

These combined changes to Her Majesty’s appearance are unprecedented in her reign. This therefore makes the new commemorative Gold Laurel release highly collectable.

With that in mind, the worldwide edition for the new 2019 400th Anniversary Gold Proof Quarter Laurel is tiny. Just 2,999 of these coins will be issued – a hugely significant coin due to the exclusive portrait changes that feature. These coins will not last long - place your order today.

Key Issue Information:

  • Brand new gold coin release to mark the 400th Anniversary of the Gold Laurel
  • Only struck for the final six years of the reign of King James I from 1619 onwards, the Gold Laurel would never again be minted
  • The new commemorative issue features a new unique effigy of Queen Elizabeth II specially approved for this release by Buckingham Palace – like the original it features the Queen with Laurel AND her face the opposite direction to regular coinage
  • The brand new 22 Carat Gold commemorative issue has been struck in 22 Carat Gold to a Proof Finish and has been issued with a mintage of just 2,999
  • Housed in Presentation Wallet with Certificate of Authenticity

Metal: 22 Carat Gold

Year of mintage: 2019

Edition Limit: 2,999

Diameter: 14.00mm

Weight: 2g

Finish: Proof

Country of issue: Tristan da Cunha

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II with Laurel

Reverse: Heraldic deign inspired by original Laurel


Delivery via Royal Mail

Estimated Delivery Time: 7-10 Working Days

Delivery available throughout the United Kingdom


Availability: In stock

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