And finally… the royal mint

The Royal Mint has celebrated the upcoming official celebration of the Queen’s 95th birthday and her coronation anniversary with projections on the walls of the Tower of London of coins from her reign.

The 90-foot display featured coins bearing the five effigies of the Queen used since she came to the throne, and the new commemorative £5 coin minted to reflect her becoming the first British monarch to reach 95.

The projection marked the 68th anniversary of Elizabeth’s coronation on June 2, 1953, and came a year before the commencement of Platinum Jubilee celebrations, The North Wales Chronicle reports.

Viewers watched from across the Thames as the coins were shone onto the south wall of the Tower, beginning with the 1953 effigy of the young Queen wearing a wreath, in the style of many British coins struck between the 17th and early 19th centuries.

Also featured were versions from 1968, showing Elizabeth bearing a tiara given as a wedding present by Queen Mary, the 1985 design depicting her with the royal diadem she wears to open Parliament, the high-realism 1998 edition and the 2015 model in which the monarch bears the royal diadem diamond crown she wore at her coronation.

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