County Durham winner of The Royal Mint's Ultimate Royalist competition
PUBLISHED: 18:06 31 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27 20 February 2013
Anita Atkinson, from County Durham won a nationwide search to find members of the public who have the ultimate collection of royal family memorabilia.
Anita Atkinson, 55, from County Durham is the winner in The Royal Mints Ultimate Royalist competition a nationwide search to find members of the public who have the ultimate collection of royal family memorabilia.
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 isnt open to the public, to see how the coins of the realm are minted.
Anita was judged The Royal Mints 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 Mints Chief Engraver. All the judges were impressed by the breadth and size of Anitas royal memorable and her commitment to collecting.
Anita said: I was absolutely delighted to learn that I had won the competition. I live and breathe everything to do with the Royal Family so to be crowned the Ultimate Royalist by The Royal Mint really is incredible.
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. Anitas enormous collection includes everything from coins to medals and crockery to glassware. There is even a commemorative bottle of lager from the investiture of Prince Charles in 1969.
Gordon Summers, Chief Engraver at The Royal Mint said: For over 1000 years The Royal Mint has commemorated key events in British history and the Diamond Jubilee is no exception. We were thrilled to add such an exquisite coin to Anitas treasured collection and hope that the unique opportunity of striking a Gold Proof Diamond Jubilee coin at The Royal Mint will only add to the sentimental value of her entire collection.