2000 Gibraltar Queen Mother Diamond Gold Coin
In 2000, the Gibraltar government issued the gold proof one fifth ounce crown shown here. The reverse shows a portrait of the Queen Mother wearing a - wait for it... - hold your breath... - diamond tiara. Basically this is a gold coin with a tiny diamond glued into it.
Gimmick or What?
We don't know about you, but we tend to be slighly sceptical about gimmicky coins. Our feeling is that they are often ideas dreamt up by marketing men to part suckers from their money. As we try to give our customers reasonable value for money, these gimmicky marketing ideas are anathema to us, especially at the ridiculously high prices asked and paid for them when new. What's worse is that the gimmick often tends to diminish any secondary market price rather than enhance it.
The gold content of this coin is worth about £50 in 2005, but was less than £40 in 2000. We think a high original retail price on a similar coin would have been £100, and let's add a whopping £25 for the diamond, which would cost about £1 bought in quantity. Just try and guess how much the original purchaser paid for this coin. We will give you a few clues. First, we would not have believe the price if we had not seen a copy of an instalment invoice, second the item was bought from Westminster Collections of Watford. We sometimes criticise the Royal Mint for some of its prices, gimmicky offers, and slightly misleading descriptions, but they are paragons of virtue and value when compared with Westminster. Had enough clues yet? Ready to guess? OK, now you can scroll down the page to the answer at the bottom of this page.
A Right Pair
This coin was sold as a pair, together with a similar Manx crown with a pearl.
See also 1993 One Gram Gold Coin
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
Gold Content = Actual gold content in troy ounces.
Prices & Availability
The prices quoted in the US $ column may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
|Queen Mother & Diamond Tiara
Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order
Original Purchase Price £225
£450 the pair, in 10 instalments of £45 each.
Queen Mother with Diamond Tiara on Reverse of 2000 Gibraltar Gold Crown
Obverse of 2000 Gibraltar Gold Proof Coin