A special commemorative hallmark was designed to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The mark, depicting a young Queen Elizabeth wearingan oversized crown, and was available as an optional mark in combination with the statutory hallmark from 1 July 2011 until 1 October 2012.
A commemorative hallmark was first introduced in 1935 on the occasion of the silver jubilee of George V. The mark reproduced the profiles of King George V and Queen Mary.
Further commemorative marks were allowed in 1952 for the Coronation of Queen Elisabeth II, in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elisabeth II, in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elisabeth II, with each commemorative hallmark reproducing a different profile of the Queen.
The last commemorative hallmark to be allowed was the Millennium mark, struck on silver items assayed in 1999 and 2000 and consisting in a cross with the number 2000 and a dot on its centre.
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