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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  2018 $100 FINE SILVER COIN – PORTRAIT OF A PRINCESS. tribute piece, which shows a young princess on the eve of her first royal visit to Canada, and on the cusp


  • 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  20th-century   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.

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Weight 326.5 g
Dimensions 230 x 180 x 20 mm
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