Queen Elizabeth II’s passing shocked the world, and now Australian fans of the monarch are scouring the internet for all the memorabilia they can find to honor her.
After being Queen for 70 years, Her Majesty died suddenly at the age of 96, sending a flood of admirers to the Royal Australia Mint website to order commemorative coins and official memorabilia.
Website visitors have experienced difficulty accessing the online store due to high demand for the new limited edition commemorative 50-cent coin to honor the 75th anniversary of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).
As expected, online auction and sales site eBay is exploding with new advertisements for memorabilia, collectibles and memorial goods related to Queen Elizabeth, but many are quite expensive.
Goods that have a pre-determined price fetch eye-watering prices, such as a 2022 Queen Elizabeth II of Australia 50-cent Platinum Jubilee silver coin advertised for $649, while items that go up for auction attract a great attention.
Facebook Marketplace might be your best bet if you’re looking for a deal. Hundreds of things are still on the list, and many more have been added since news of the monarch’s death was announced.
While many products cost between $10 and $20, you can pick up items like the Elizabeth II Women’s Day Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Issue for as low as $2.
However, if you are looking for commemorative coins, you will need to keep refreshing your website as the majority of available stock has already been purchased.
Similar events are taking place on the Gumtree internet marketplace, where a variety of reasonably priced collectibles are pouring in on the hour following the terrible news.
Only alternatives that have been in the classifieds queue for a maximum of two years are available; none of the extremely expensive Australia Mint commemorative coins are.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which celebrated 70 years as monarch this year, sent prices skyrocketing for many memorabilia even before the Queen passed away.
Ann Parker, an antiques dealer and collector of royal memorabilia, told the Mail that coins may not be the ideal option for anyone looking for a collectible to remember Her Majesty.
The most popular products are often mugs and cups due to their visual appeal. Nevertheless, only those kept in excellent condition are collectible, she said.
She said one of the most sought-after such products on the market was the limited-edition Spode love cup created to commemorate the Queen’s silver wedding anniversary in 1972.
The two handles that protrude from the delicate shape of the love cup make it a classic favorite, but due to their fragility, many of them break over time, she said.