Copper-Nickel, UNC, Mintage 56,000
38 mm (1-1/2”), 38.6 grams
HISTORY: The island of Guernsey is a territory belonging to the British Crown located in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy, France. Guernsey is a bailiwick (jurisdiction) of a bailiff (chief justice), representing the United Kingdom. This coin was designed by Arnold Machin (1911‒1999), an artist, a sculptor, and an engraver, including coins and stamps.
OBVERSE: There is no flag or coat of arms for Guernsey. The coat of arms displayed here shows the three leopards of the Duchy of Normandy, also an integral part of the United Kingdom coat of arms. A sprig of oak branch emerges from the top. “BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY” rings the top and “TWENTY FIVE PENCE” rings the bottom. On each side is “19” and “72.”
REVERSE: This special coin commemorates the 25th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Cupid, dancing through the sky, has just released an arrow from his bow. “ELIZABETH AND PHILIP” frame the top while “1947” and “1972” frame the bottom with a floral bouquet between them.
EDGE: Finely Reeded