Pitcairn Islands, 75 Dollars 1997 Gold Proof FDC. Reverse: Queen Mother, "The most noble order of the Garter" Obv: Queen Elizabeth II, date below. Metal: Gold 583/1000. 14 carat Gold. Weight: 7.8 grams. Size: 25mm quite a large coin considering the UK Gold Sovereign is only 22mm. GRADE: Gold Proof FDC Issued by the British Royal Mint, Certificate issued by MDM Collections Ltd. Reverse: Notes.. With my wife and helpmeet by my side, I take up the heavy task which lies before me." With these words, spoken at his Accession Council on the 12th December 1936, the diffident but courageous George VI acknowledged the vital role of his Queen Consort. Two days later, on the 14th, he took great pleasure in investing her with the most ancient Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Garter. It was no accident that it was also his forty-first birthday. As Elizabeth wrote to Queen Mary: "He had discovered that Papa gave it to you on his, Papa's birthday, June 3rd, and the coincidence was so charming that he has followed suit". But for George VI and his Queen the occasion was far from mere convention. It was recognition of their ruling partnership and the unflagging support and care she provided in every aspect of their lives.