Today marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne, with Her Majesty conducting her Royal duties in public, in recognition of a momentous year of celebration ahead that will see her tour the British Isles and the Commonwealth alongside other members of the Royal Family.
Along the way will be a series of Diamond Jubilee events, such as a chain of beacons lit across the country, a thousand boat flotilla procession along the Thames and, of course, the four-day long UK Bank Holiday in June.
As we have previously reported, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are certainly not passing the numismatic world by unnoticed. The depth of enthusiasm is starkly shown by a number of Diamond Jubilee issues that have already sold out, notably the Royal Mint 2012 Diamond Jubilee Gold Proof Sovereign and the Australian Perth Mint’s 2oz Diamond Jubilee Gold Proof Coin.
With these sell-outs and the mintages of other Diamond Jubilee issues being rapidly acquired by keen numismatists, 2012 is shaping up to be a year that may see many potential buyers left disappointed as opportunities are missed to obtain a Diamond Jubilee gold or silver issue. As a result, this demand is sure to command a strong future numismatic premium, much as has already been seen for many of the precious metal coins issued for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.