• A commemorative mark was designed to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
• The mark can be requested from 1st November 2021 to be applied on all precious metals
• Historically, commemorative marks have been added to the regular hallmark to signify a special event
• The mark, designed by Thomas Fattorini Ltd, depicts an orb, and reflects the traditional fineness mark for platinum
An announcement from the British Hallmarking Council on behalf of the Assay Offices of the UK:
In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen was the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne in 1952. To celebrate the occasion, the body which oversees UK hallmarking, the British Hallmarking Council, has sanctioned a commemorative component mark.
Designed by Thomas Fattorini Ltd, the mark depicts an orb, and can be applied to precious metal, alongside a hallmark, by any one of the four UK Assay Offices.
The approval process of the mark took place over the last year and involved engineers at Goldsmiths’ Hall refining designs for use by laser, or punches ranging in size from 1mm – 6mm in height.
Commemorative marks have proved popular with UK consumers. In 1934 a voluntary mark celebrating the Silver Jubilee of H.M. King George V and H.M. Queen Mary was available to silversmiths for two years between 1934 and 1935. Its popularity led to further commemorative marks: for the Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and 1954; for the Silver Jubilee in 1977; for the Millennium in 1999 and 2000; for the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. (See images at the bottom of this page).
A spokesperson for the Assay Offices of the UK said “The UK Assay Offices have a long tradition of capturing special occasions with the creation of commemorative marks. Not only does it provide the trade with an additional narrative for the products that carry the mark, but it also brings the importance of the hallmark into focus with the jewellery and silver buying consumer.”
Jewellers, silversmiths and retailers can request the mark on any metal type from their assay office from November 1st 2021.
Until the end of 2021, it can be applied to any hallmark without a date letter. This means there are only 5 marks. Please bear this in mind when indicating where you would like the hallmarks to be applied.
Throughout all of 2022 the commemorative component mark can be applied along with the new year date letter, meaning there will be 6 marks. The addition of the commemorative mark will cost £1 for each article on which it is struck as standard. Laser and feature commemorative marks may be subject to additional charges.
The Platinum Jubilee commemorative mark can be applied until the end of 2022.
How to request the Jubilee mark
- Request the Jubilee mark by ticking the relevant box in the online submission, or on the paper Hallnote, available to download in Customer Info & Downloads.
- Please place all items for the Platinum Jubilee mark in one packet.
- Note that all sizes can be applied by laser application at either office (sizes range from 1mm-6mm.)
- Note that all sizes can be struck at Goldsmiths' Hall, but our Greville Street office is only able to strike a 1mm Jubilee mark.
- Cost per application is £1 +VAT.
Please bear in mind the formation required when asking us to apply bespoke display marks. The display mark formations can be found here. The date letter can't be applied to a Jubilee mark until 2022 so please consider the quantity of marks required in your formation it might only be able to be 5 and not 6 until 2022.