RSA (Pre-1994): Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 80th Birthday

RSA (Pre-1994): Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 80th BirthdayRSA (Pre-1994): Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 80th Birthday
Form: Circular. Proof-like with frosted designs.
By: Pagliari, Cape Mint.
Date: 1980
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0283;
35.1 mmSilver15.1 gm$25

Edge: Plain. Stamped with the Cape Mint Sterling Silver Hallmark for 1980 (G).

Obverse: Diademed bust of the Queen Mother, half left. Signed: "PAGLIARI" below the truncation. Legend above: "HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER" and below between stops: "4 AUGUST 1900".

Reverse: Royal Coat of arms of the Queen Mother. Legend above: "ISSUED ON HER MAJESTY'S EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY" and below: "4 AUGUST 1980".

Notes: Issued inside a plastic capsule within an oblong blue velvet case lined on the inside with white silk and blue velvet. On the inside of the lid in gilt: "(coat of arms) / HER MAJESTY / QUEEN ELIZABETH / THE QUEEN MOTHER / Eightieth Birthday / Commemorative Medallion".

Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (1900 – 2002) was the wife of King George VI and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II. She visited South Africa on a Royal tour in 1947. She died aged 101.