A little story I looked up on this crown.
1965 Elizabeth II Churchill Commemorative Crown
This was only the fifth ever commemorative crown to be issued in the UK and never before had the image of a commoner appeared on any coin that also portrayed the monarch, so it was a first in that respect.
The rather controversial portrait of Churchill was designed by Oscar Nemon, a favourite sculptor of Sir Winston, who was himself an artist of some note. The final draft was considered by some to be rather a sombre portrait. However, if compared with contemporary photographs there is no denying it is a very lifelike image, uncompromising in its portrayal of the elderly statesman.
Lady Churchill started the minting of the first of the coins in September 1965 and such was the demand, it continued to be produced in large numbers until the following summer. The obverse portrays the familiar Mary Gillick image of the Queen with the usual inscription, the date 1965 and although there is no denomination marked anywhere on the coin, it was originally worth five shillings in the pre-decimal days of 1965-67, still has a face value of 25 pence and is still legal tender today.
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