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2002 Proof One Hundred Dollar reverse 2002 Proof One Hundred Dollar obverse

2002 Proof One Hundred Dollar

Mintage:1,500
Reverse Designer:Peter Soobik Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:34mm Weight:31.1g Edge:Reeded Composition:99.99% Gold

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Commemorating 50 years since the accession of Queen Elizabeth II is this beautiful gold proof coin finished to the highest standard by the Royal Australian Mint. It was released in 2002, half a century after Elizabeth received the news of her Fathers death when she was 25 years of age. As a Princess and first in line to the throne, she was prepared for her role and willingly took on her responsibilities for her various nations with pride and confidence. This coin, which features both the young Elizabeth before she was crowned and her deceased father is a fitting tribute and meaningful collectors item.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926 and was named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. She was born in London the eldest daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York who would go on to become King George VI and his wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. The young Elizabeth was known by the immediate family as Lillibet and she had a younger sibling, Princess Margaret. At the time of her birth, Elizabeth was third in line to her thrown whilst her father Prince Albert was second behind his elder brother. When Elizabeth's grand-father, King George V died her Uncle Edward became King. Later that same year, 1936 and coming as quite a shock to the family, Edward abdicated the throne in order to marry an American divorcee leading Prince Albert to succeed as King George VI. Elizabeth became heiress presumptive and as the King didn't go on to have a son, she would go on to become the Queen of the United kingdom and the Commonwealth realms.

During the Second World War both Elizabeth and her sister Margaret remained in the UK. They were educated at home and began to make public appearances from an early age. Elizabeth met Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark, her distant cousin a number of times throughout her childhood. In 1939 at the age of just 13 they began exchanging letters during which time she is said to have failed in love. There engagement was announced 8 years later in 1947. The engagement was met with some controversy as many did not think Price Phillip good enough and his foreign origin was opposed. He dropped his title and took his British mothers maiden name and the couple were married with two children by 1950. After the war the health of King George VI began to decline and Elizabeth was taking on more and more royal responsibilities. In 1952 she heard news of her father death whilst touring Kenya and returned home to be made Queen. The televised coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth is a popular Queen who has taken part in numerous historic meetings has witnessed major national and global events through her reign. She has had her own personal celebrations and sorrows relating to her family and celebrated her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

This 100 dollar gold proof coin commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II accession to the throne was issued as part of a two coin set. Both of these two coins commemorated the accession with the second coin being a 50 cent proof coin. The coins were issued in a plush red presentation case. This set was succeeded the following year by an additional two coin set, this time commemorating the coronation of the Queen. Just like the release of the coins, the two major events took place a year apart. With the release of the Coronation set a large presentation case was made available, which was large enough to house all four coins if one so chose to place them together as one collection. This Anniversary of the Accession gold proof coin has a limited mintage of just 1,500

The reverse of this coin has been thoughtfully and tastefully designed by Peter Soobik. To the left of the coin is the large silhouette of a mans face looking towards the centre of the coin intended to represent the death of King George VI. To the right and looking towards the silhouette of her Father is the young future Queen Elizabeth, not yet wearing her crown. Struck within the silhouette is the legend EIIR and GVI, short forms for Queen Elizabeth II and George VI. Floating above their heads, almost suggesting they are sharing it is the royal crown and towards the bottom is the coins denomination of 100 DOLLARS. The legend which run around the outer edge of the coin reads ACCESSION OF ELIZABETH II.50TH ANNIVERSARY. 1952-2002. The obverse of the coin features the traditional design for Australian coinage with the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen and the legend, which surrounds the portrait and reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002.

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