Queen Zoe had accidentally flushed her crown down the loo.
“What can I do?” she cried. “Without my crown, no-one will know I am the queen. I feel more ordinary already.” Zoe’s crown was a symbol of her status – it set her apart from ordinary people and showed everyone that she was the ruler of the land.
She also happened to be the most talented, the smartest, the most polite, and of course the most beautiful girl in the kingdom, but that was a coincidence. “I need a new crown right now!” she declared.
The new crown must be precious metal (gold and silver are Zoe’s favourites) and it should be decorated with jewels. The crown’s decorations symbolise Zoe’s special bond with the land she rules – perhaps sapphires for the sea, diamonds for the starry sky and emeralds for the trees. You might have some other ideas for decorations too…
From the Powerhouse Museum’s collection:
This coin is called a ‘crown’! It is a British silver coin dating from 1877, featuring the crowned head of Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901. Take a closer look.
This is an Australian 50 cent coint from 1966, featuring the crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II. How is it different to today’s 50 cent coins? Take a closer look.