The diamond jubilee fifty cent piece was issued by the Royal Australian Mint to celebrate sixty years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953. The reverse of this piece was designed by Stuart Devlin and depicts St. Edward's Crown which was used during Her Majesty's coronation and the coronations of numerous British monarchs before her. The reverse legend states "THE ROYAL DIAMOND JUBILEE 2012" with the denomination "FIFTY CENTS". The obverse features the standard Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Her Majesty with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012".
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II occurred on the 2nd of June 1953. The coronation service took place in Westminster Abbey in London in front of a more than 8,000 guests. The ceremony was also the first British coronation to be televised and was watched by an astounding 20 million on BBC coverage. The service was complex and long with Queen Elizabeth swearing an oath of governance, being anointed with a holy oil, presented with the royal regalia, and finally crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury as the crowd shouted "God save the Queen!".
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