PMG Registry Featured Set: A Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Posted on 9/20/2022

This month, we are spotlighting sets from Canada and Great Britain with notes that show the late queen.

In light of the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II, it is only fitting that we pay tribute to the longest-reigning monarch in modern history.

Queen Elizabeth II’s countenance is featured on currency from 33 different countries and British territories. As such, her portrait is depicted on more currency than any other monarch to date, which is currently a Guinness World Record. Her portrait first appeared on paper currency on a Canadian banknote in 1935. At the tender age of 8, Elizabeth was first featured on a 1935 $20 Canadian banknote; this also happened to be the first Canadian Dollar series of notes issued.

Canada, Bank of Canada 1935 $20 (English) graded PMG 50 About Uncirculated
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The most recent portrait of Her Royal Highness is from 2011 and is featured on the 2015 $20 Canadian polymer note. Our featured PMG collector, KSAUSA, has a lovely example of this note, below, and many other high-grade examples in his Bank of Canada, Complete set, found here. KSAUSA currently sits in fourth place in the most popular Canadian set category in the PMG Registry. He began building this set in 2017 and is painstakingly stocking this collection with quality notes. The majority of his notes are graded PMG 65 Gem Uncirculated EPQ or higher, and he boasts images for all 48 of his notes.

Canada, Bank of Canada 2015 Commemorative $20 graded PMG 65 Gem Uncirculated EPQ
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We have to give a well-deserved nod to another impressive PMG Registry set, a Great Britain Queen Elizabeth II Portrait Set by Lamb7. Lamb7 is currently climbing up on the heels of the #1 ranked set, and he has taken time to upload images for 64 notes! Be sure to check out his gallery here to see the evolution of QEII portraits over the years.

Thank you, Lamb7 and KSUSA for sharing your treasured collections of Queen Elizabeth II for all the PMG collecting community to enjoy. We look forward to future updates to these PMG Registry sets and others.

Would you like your set to be chosen for a future article? 100% completion in a set is not always feasible. Our team features sets with thoughtful comments and images for their set descriptions and notes. It may be your set! Stay tuned.

The PMG Registry is a free online platform where collectors register and display their certified notes and can compete against other collectors around the world for recognition and prizes. This popular resource now boasts over 18,000 registered sets and almost 97,000 registered notes. Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) is excited for the 2022 PMG Registry Awards, and we hope you are, too! Get ready! The 2022 award deadline is fast approaching! Winners of the 2022 PMG Registry Awards will receive a personalized plaque, an icon of recognition next to their PMG Registry set, and a $500 PMG grading credit! Find out more about the 2022 annual awards here.

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