Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal 1977
The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal was a commemorative medal commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II which took place 2 June 1952.
The medal was physically identical in all realms where it was awarded, save for Canada, where it contained unique elements; as an internationally distributed award the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal holds a different place in each country's order of precedence for honours.
Until 1977, the practice for coronation and jubilee medals was for authorities in the United Kingdom to decide on a total number of medallions to be produced and allocate how many were to be distributed to each of the British Empire and Crown dependencies and possessions, and later Commonwealth of Nations countries.
From that point, the award of the medals was at the discretion of the local government authority. Some 30,000 medals were distributed in Britain, 1,507 in New Zealand, 6,870 in Australia, and 30,000 in Canada.
The medal is circular, 32mm in diameter and struck in silver. The obverse of this medal depicts an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, and the inscription; ‘ELIZABETH II DEI GRA. REGINA FID. DEF.’ (meaning ‘Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith’).
The reverse depicts a crown atop a wreath that contains the inscription; ‘THE 25th YEAR OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II 6 FEBRUARY 1977’ across six lines.
The Canadian version was identical, except that the medal was slightly thicker, the crown on the Queen's effigy was more upright, and the reverse bore a stylised maple leaf with the inscription; ‘CANADA’ above and the Royal Cypher below.
The ribbon suspender is a plain ring attached by a fastening that surmounts the medal.
The medal was issued un-named.
The ribbon is 32mm wide and white in colour with and a garter blue stripe down the centre, bisected by a narrow cardinal red stripe. A further narrow cardinal red stripe along either edge.
Ladies awarded the medal can wear it on their left shoulder with the ribbon tied in the form of a bow.
None were authorised for this medal.
Further relevant historical context can be found at the foot of this entry.
Dealer Retail Value *
Jubilee Medal Canadian issue
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Further Historical Context
This section contains information on the following:-
- The Silver Jubilee Of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Silver Jubilee Of Queen Elizabeth II - The Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other Commonwealth realms.
It was celebrated with large-scale parties and parades throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth throughout 1977, culminating in June with the official 'Jubilee Days', held to coincide with the Queen's Official Birthday.
The anniversary date itself was commemorated in church services across the land on 6 February 1977, and continued throughout the month. In March, preparations started for large parties in every major city of the United Kingdom, as well as for smaller ones for countless individual streets throughout the country.