This 2022 $250 pure gold coin pays tribute to the 70th year of reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The design features the iconic monarch’s Diamond Diadem, the royal headpiece that has appeared in countless portraits since Her Majesty acceded to the throne in 1952. The design is adorned with seven genuine diamonds, including a fancy yellow diamond in the centre, that adds authentic sparkle to the artistic representation of the diadem’s distinctive cross pattée and floral sprays. The coin is struck in about two ounces (60.08 grams) of pure gold with rhodium plated embellishments. Mintage is extremely limited to 225. HST/GST exempt.
The platinum-plated motif resembling the diadem’s front cross is set with a yellow diamond and flanked by floral sprays that combine the emblems of England, Ireland and Scotland. The reverse includes the inscription “CANADA” at the top and “250 DOLLARS” at the bottom. The obverse features the date “2022” and a field pattern behind the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
The regal Diamond Diadem is also known as the George IV State Diadem because it was originally created for the coronation of King George IV in 1821. It has since been exclusively worn by queens regnant and consort beginning with Queen Adelaide and continuing with Queen Victoria, who designated it an Heirloom of the Crown in 1901. Its silver frame is lined with gold and set with 1,333 brilliant-cut diamonds, including a four-carat yellow brilliant at the centre of the front cross; its narrow band is edged with pearls and surmounted by four crosses pattée and four sprays featuring a rose for England, shamrocks for Ireland and a thistle for Scotland.