The image of grace, dignity and poise, the 1951 portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (then Princess Elizabeth) by renowned Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh is reproduced on this 10 oz. tribute piece, which shows a young princess on the eve of her first royal visit to Canada, and on the cusp of history.
Item Number: 167325
Composition: 99.99 % fine silver
Weight (g): 311.54
Diameter: (mm) 76.25
Face Value: $100
Artist: Original photo by Yousuf Karsh
Packaging: Standard maroon clamshell with graphic beauty box
- A VERY SPECIAL TRIBUTE to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, depicted here as a young princess just a few months before the 1951 Royal Visit to Canada, and less than seven months before her accession to the throne.
- A CANADIAN CONNECTION: The reverse is the second design inspired by the iconic portraits of world-renowned Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh, a 20thcentury master of portraiture who was also known as “Karsh of Ottawa.”
- LARGEST PORTRAIT YET: The size of this 10 oz. coin (76.25 mm) makes this the largest portrait of Her Majesty ever featured on a coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.
- EXQUISITE AND HIGHLY DETAILED: The large field allows for an impressive amount of engraved details that do justice to the original portrait.
- PLAYING WITH LIGHT: Multiple finishes against a polished proof field help re-create the dramatic light and shadows that are the hallmarks of Karsh’s portrait style.
- A PRESTIGE PIECE: Limited to just 750 worldwide, this stunning collectible is enclosed in a premium wooden case for an elegant presentation.
- 65th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: This year marks the 65th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – the longest reigning monarch in British history.
The original 1951 photograph of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (then Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth) is expertly reproduced on the finely engraved reverse, where Her Majesty faces left with head turned toward the viewer. Her Majesty wears an off-the-shoulder evening gown and the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara in this head and shoulders portrait, one of several taken by the Yousuf Karsh at Clarence House on July 30, 1951, ahead of the 1951 Royal Tour of Canada. Multiple finishes and a proof field evoke the dramatic interplay of light and shadow, the hallmark of Karsh’s style, which earned him international acclaim as one of the great portrait photographers of the 20th century. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.