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County Durham woman named "The Ultimate Royalist"

Anita with her Diamond Jubilee coin. Photo: The Royal Mint

With over 5,000 items in her collection and a lifelong passion for the royal family, Anita beat off over 60 other competition entrants hoping to be crowned the Ultimate Royalist to win the exclusive opportunity to strike her own Gold Proof Diamond Jubilee coin worth £2,400. The prize also included a behind the scenes tour of highly secured Royal Mint, which isn’t open to the public, to see how the coins of the realm are minted.

Oh it was absolutely amazing, not only did I get to strike my own solid gold diamond jubilee medal we also got a guided tour of the royal mint which is the most incredible experience.

– Anita Atkinson

Anita was judged The Royal Mint’s Ultimate Royalist by a panel consisting of renowned royalist and collector, Margaret Tyler, executive editor of the Daily Express, Tina Moran, and Gordon Summers, The Royal Mint’s Chief Engraver. All the judges were impressed by the breadth and size of Anita’s royal memorable and her commitment to collecting.

Anita has been an avid collector of royal memorabilia since the Silver Jubilee in 1977 when many royal souvenirs were given to her as a 21st birthday present. Anita’s enormous collection includes everything from coins to medals and crockery to glassware. Anita has been presented with a £2,500 gold coin, which she was able to press herself.

I made this myself. I made it out of a solid piece of gold that I put into the machine, pressed it five times and it was struck.

– Anita Atkinson
The Diamond Jubilee coin by The Royal Mint Credit: The Royal Mint

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