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How much are Queen Elizabeth II’s Crown, Orb and Scepter worth and what is their weight?

After an exhaustive investigation by SavingSpot, researchers were able to calculate the exact value of each and every piece of Queen Elizabeth II’s crown.

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How much are Queen Elizabeth II’s Crown, Orb and Scepter worth and what is their weight?
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The imperial crown or crown of Saint Edward is one of the most recognizable symbols of the British monarchy throughout the world. Without a doubt, it is the jewel of all jewels, as well as being the most important of the royal family. This singular piece of royal jewelry was created for the coronation of Charles II to replace the medieval crown cast in 1649, which is believed to have been made in the 11th century.

The historical value of this piece, which is exhibited in the Tower of London, is incalculable. Its two kilos in weight and more than 30 centimeters in height forced Queen Elizabeth II to have to do without using it during the last years of her life. The crown of Saint Edward is for the British one of the most important and sacred symbols of the monarchy.

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Real value of this jewel

It is part of a world-famous collection that symbolizes the power of the British monarchy over the years and has deep religious and cultural significance to the history of England. In addition, it has a real value based on the materials that make up the crown.

Thus, the finance portal SavingSpot looked into the value of each and every piece of the crown and estimated that the cheapest piece was the velvet cap, which has been priced at $3, followed by the piece of ermine, valued at $34. In turn, the most expensive pieces are the 7 sapphires valued at $2,142,000.

Queen Elizabeth II Crown Price

After an exhaustive investigation, after which they added up all the parts of the crown, from its velvet cap and ermine band, to the solid gold frame and precious stones, it was determined that Queen Elizabeth II’s crown costs exactly $4,519,709.

SavingSpot explained how their investigators came to their determination for the value of the crown, saying: “We then used the International Gem Society’s gem size guide and the images, to gauge the number of carats in the gems to determine their rough weight. We then estimated the weight of the velvet and ermine based on the size of the crown. We subtracted all of this from the total weight of the crown to give us the weight (and value) of the gold in the crown.” With this information they could add the whole value of the materials combined to come up with their estimation.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the royal standard and surmounted by the imperial state crown
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Scepter of the Cross and the Sovereign's Orb

The Scepter of the Cross has also been present at the funeral ceremony of Elizabeth II. This royal object, created in 1661, incorporates the Cullinan I diamond, known as the Great Star of Africa, which is the second largest diamond in the world after the Golden Jubilee. It exceeds 530 carats (106 grams) and during the coronation ceremony, the new monarch of the United Kingdom, King Charles III, will carry the Scepter of the Cross in his right hand.

The Orb of the Sovereign is a hollow gold sphere dating from 1661. It is embellished with precious stones, features a jeweled cross symbolizing the monarch’s role as fidei defender (‘defender of the faith’), one of the monarch’s titles. The regalia piece is golden and has a cross perched on top to symbolize heavenly power over the world, as well as being set with emeralds, sapphires, rubies, pearls and an amethyst. The exact weight and real value of it is unknown.

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