Coins of England and Great Britain

('Coins of the UK')

by Tony Clayton


11 - Decimal Crown-sized Coins
(25 pence and Five Pounds)


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Twenty-Five Pence


Crown sized coins continue to be issued for major Royal events. As the crown had been five shillings before decimalisation, the denomination continued as 25 pence for the first ten years. Four issues were made between 1971 and 1981. A characteristic of all of these four 25p versions is that they have no indication of value, whereas the later 5 pound coins all do.

Weight: 28.28 grams, Diameter 38.61 mm; circulation issues are in cupronickel (75% Cu 25% Ni) although proofs are known in silver of unknown fineness (probably sterling silver).

  1. 1972 Silver Wedding (25th Anniversary).

    Obverse: First Portrait, ELIZABETH II D.G.REG F.D.
    Reverse: Crowned EP on floral arrangement. ELIZABETH AND PHILIP above, 20 NOVEMBER 1947-1972 below
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel and silver.

  2. 1977 25th Anniversary of Queen's Accession.

    Obverse: Queen on Horseback, ELIZABETH II DG REG FD 1977
    Reverse: Coronation Regalia with floral border. Crown above. No Inscription.
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel and silver.

  3. 1980 Queen Mother's 80th Birthday.

    Obverse: First Portrait, ELIZABETH II D.G.REG F.D.
    Reverse: Head of Queen Mother with bows and lions (a pun on her maiden name, Bowes-Lyon) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER AUGUST 4th 1980
    Proofs were issued in silver.

  4. 1981 Royal Wedding.

    Obverse: First Portrait, ELIZABETH II D.G.REG F.D.
    Reverse: Conjoined heads of Charles & Diana H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER 1981
    Proofs were issued in silver.


Five Pounds


By 1990 inflation had meant that to issue a large coin at 25p would result in a large portion of the income being taken up in minting the coin, and the purchasing power of the first commemorative crown of 1935 was well over ten times that of 25p in 1990. As a result it was decided that future issues of crown sized coins would have a face value of five pounds. All such coins have the denomination clearly indicated.

It is a misnomer to call them crowns, however, as the crown has been five shillings since 1551. They are correctly referred to as crown-sized coins.

Weight: 28.28 grams, Diameter 38.61 mm, cupronickel, although silver and gold proofs are known.

Starting in 2009 the Royal Mint started to issue large numbers of Non-circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) crowns issued only in silver proof form for the London Olympics. Until I get further information from the Royal Mint I will not be listing these items.

While technically five pound coins are legal tender, banks are reluctant to accept them. Consequently traders are also likely to refuse them.

  1. 1990 Queen Mother's 90th Birthday

    Obverse: Second Portrait, ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F D above FIVE POUNDS below
    Reverse: Crown over two intertwined E's, rose & thistle QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER 1900 1990
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in silver and gold.

  2. 1993 40th Anniversary of Coronation

    Obverse: Small portrait of same design as 1960 crown, surrounded by trumpeters and swords. ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID DEF above, FIVE POUNDS below
    Reverse: Crown within 40 radially aligned trumpets FAITH AND TRUTH I WILL BEAR UNTO YOU 1953-1993
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold.

  3. 1996 Queen's 70th Birthday.

    Obverse: Second Portrait, ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F D above FIVE POUNDS below (portrait slightly larger than in 1990, and no beading at the rim)
    Reverse: Flags flying with Windsor Castle behind. One flag inscribed 1926, another 1996. Also Royal Standard, Union Jack and the Queen's personal flag.
    Edge: VIVAT REGINA ELIZABETHA
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold.

  4. 1997 Golden Wedding.

    Obverse: Conjoined portraits of the Queen & Prince Philip ELIZABETH II D G REG F D to the left, PHILIP PRINCEPS to the right.
    Reverse: Royal Arms and Coat of Arms of Prince Philip. St Edwards Crown above and anchor below 20 NOVEMBER 1947 1997 FIVE POUNDS
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold.

  5. 1998 Prince Charles' 50th Birthday.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D 1998 around
    Reverse: A portrait of The Prince of Wales against a background relating to the work of The Prince's Trust. FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY OF HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES above, 1948 FIVE POUNDS 1998 below
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold.

  6. 1999 Princess Diana Memorial Crown.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D 1999 around
    Reverse: A portrait of Diana Princess of Wales facing right, by David Cornell. IN MEMORY OF DIANA PRINCESS OF WALES around, 1961 1997 to the right, FIVE POUNDS below
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold.

  7. 1999 Millennium Crown

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D 1999 around
    Reverse: Clock face showing time as midnight. Map of GB & Ireland, arranged so that Greenwich is at the centre of the clock; ANNO DOMINI below, 1999 2000 FIVE POUNDS around.
    Edge: WHAT'S PAST IS PROLOGUE
    Proofs were issued in silver and gold.

  8. 2000 Millennium Crown

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D 2000 around
    Reverse: Clock face showing time as midnight. Map of GB & Ireland, arranged so that Greenwich is at the centre of the clock; ANNO DOMINI below, 1999 2000 FIVE POUNDS around.
    Edge: WHAT'S PAST IS PROLOGUE
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. The silver proof has the British Isles highlighted in gold.

  9. 2000 Millennium Dome Crown

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D 2000 around
    Reverse: Clock face showing time as midnight. Map of GB & Ireland, arranged so that Greenwich is at the centre of the clock; ANNO DOMINI below, 1999 2000 FIVE POUNDS around. Mint mark: Globe at 3 o'clock
    Edge: WHAT'S PAST IS PROLOGUE

    Only issued in the Millennium Dome (in a presentation folder) at a premium.

  10. 2000 Queen Mother 100th Birthday Crown.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D 2000 around
    Reverse: Portrait of the Queen Mother, facing left. QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER around, 1900 - 2000 FIVE POUNDS inside, signature 'Elizabeth R' below. Crowds waving flags behind.
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in silver and gold. A silver piedfort proof was also issued.

  11. 2001 Victoria Anniversary Crown.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D 2001 around
    Reverse: Wyon head of Victoria in V representing railway lines with representation of Crystal Palace around. 1901 2001 above, 5 POUNDS to low left. Designed by Mary Milner Dickens
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. The silver and gold proofs were also issued with reverse frosting in sets that included historical sovereigns.

  12. 2002 Golden Jubilee Crown.

    Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II mounted on a horse. ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF AMOR POPULI PRAESIDIUM REG around, 2002 and coat of arms below (The love of the People is the Queen's Protection)
    Reverse: Portrait of the Queen, FIVE POUNDS below. Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold.

  13. 2002 Queen Mother Memorial Crown.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D around , FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: Portrait of Queen Mother, QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER around. 1900-2002 below. Designed by Avril Vaughan, widow of John Lobban (see two pound coins)
    Edge: STRENGTH DIGNITY LAUGHTER
    Proofs were issued in silver and gold.

  14. 2003 Coronation Anniversary Crown.

    Obverse: Fourth Portrait, ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F D around.
    Reverse: Central motif GOD SAVE THE QUEEN, CORONATION JUBILEE FIVE POUNDS 2003 around. Both sides designed by Tom Phillips, C.B.E., R.A..
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold.

  15. 2004 Entente Cordiale Anniversary Crown.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D around, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: 1904 ENTENTE 2004 CORDIALE around, conjoined Britannia and the Sower.
    Edge: Milled

    The decision to issue this coin was too late for it to be included in the Royal Mint Proof Sets.
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. Silver and platinum piedfort proofs were also issued.

  16. 2005 Trafalgar Crown.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D around, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: The VICTORY and the TEMERAIRE, TRAFALGAR below, 1805 and 2005 above. The inscription is incuse rather than raised. Designed by Clive Duncan
    Edge: Milled (cupronickel) ENGLAND EXPECTS THAT EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY (silver and gold)
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. Silver piedfort proofs were also issued.

  17. 2005 Admiral Nelson Crown.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D around, FIVE POUNDS below. (not confirmed)
    Reverse: Nelson facing, HORATIO NELSON above, 1805 to left, 2005 to right. Designed by James Butler
    Edge: Milled (cupronickel) ENGLAND EXPECTS THAT EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY (silver, gold and platinum)
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. Silver and platinum piedfort proofs were also issued.

  18. 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday Crown.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D around, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: Three trumpets with banners, 1926 VIVAY REGINA 2006 above. Designed by Danuta Solowiej-Wedderburn.
    Edge: Milled (cupronickel) DUTY SERVICE FAITH (other)
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. Silver (with gold plating) and platinum piedfort proofs were also issued.

  19. 2007 The Diamond Wedding Anniversary of The Queen and Prince Philip.

    Obverse: Conjoined portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip. ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG F D PHILIP PRINCEPS around. Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.
    Reverse: Rose window of Westminster Abbey, TVEATVR VNITA DEVS above (translated as 'May God guard these united'), 1947 FIVE POUNDS 2007 below. Designed by Emma Noble.
    Edge: Milled (cupronickel) MY STRENGTH AND STAY (other)
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. Silver and platinum piedfort proofs were also issued.

  20. 2008 The 450th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth I.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D around, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: Queen Elizabeth I crowned, set within a Mandorla created by four decorative arches; Tudor roses at the connecting points. ELIZABETH REGINA above, MDLVIII MMVIII below. Designed by Rod Kelly.
    Edge: Milled (cupronickel) I HAVE REIGNED WITH YOUR LOVES (other)
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. Silver and platinum piedfort proofs were also issued.

  21. 2008 The 60th Birthday of Charles, Prince of Wales.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D around, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: Portrait of Charles right, THE PRINCE OF WALES above, 1948 ICH DIEN 2008 below. Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.
    Edge: Milled (cupronickel) SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY (other)
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. Silver and platinum piedfort proofs were also issued.

  22. 2009 The 500th Anniversary of the Accession of Henry VIII.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D 2009 around.
    Reverse: Facing Portrait of Henry standing, HR to each side, THE ACCESSION OF HENRY VIII 1509 above, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Designed by John Bergdahl.
    Edge: Milled (cupronickel) ROSA SINE SPINA (other)
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. Silver and platinum piedfort proofs were also issued.

  23. 2010 Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D 2010.
    Reverse: Design depicting a crown over 1660 over oak leaves around two intertwined C's below, RESTORATION OF THE MONARCHY above, FIVE POUNDS below
    Designed by David Cornell
    Edge: Milled (cupronickel) A QUIET AND PEACEFUL POSSESSION (other)
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. Silver and platinum piedfort proofs were also issued.

  24. 2009 Countdown to London 2012 Olympics.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D above, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: Design depicting swimmers, overlaid with a digital 3, COUNTDOWN above, XXX OLYMPIAD below, 2009 to the right
    Designed by Claire Aldridge.
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in silver and gold. Silver piedfort proofs were also issued.

  25. 2010 Countdown to London 2012 Olympics.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D above, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: Design depicting runners, overlaid with a digital 2, COUNTDOWN above, 2010 and XXX OLYMPIAD below
    Designed by Claire Aldridge.
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in silver and gold. Silver piedfort proofs were also issued.

  26. 2011 90th Birthday of Prince Philip.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF.
    Reverse: Profile of Prince Philip, PRINCE PHILIP 90TH BIRTHDAY FIVE POUNDS 2011 incuse on a narrow border around.
    Designed by Mark Richards
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in cupronickel, silver and gold. Silver and platinum piedfort proofs were also issued (to be confirmed).

  27. 2011 Countdown to London 2012 Olympics.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D above, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: Design depicting a cyclist, overlaid with a digital 1, COUNTDOWN above, 2011 to left and XXX OLYMPIAD below
    Designed by Claire Aldridge.
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in silver and gold. Silver piedfort proofs were also issued.

  28. 2012 Diamond Jubilee of the Queen.

    Obverse: Fourth Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D FIVE POUNDS.
    Reverse: 1953 portrait used on pre-decimal coins, 2012 behind, DIRIGE DEVS GRESSVS MEOS in front.
    Designed by Ian Rank Broadley
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in gold, gold-plated silver and silver, some with edge inscription A VOW MADE GOOD. Silver and platinum piedfort proofs were also issued.

  29. 2012 Countdown to London 2012 Olympics.

    Obverse: Third Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D above, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: Design depicting three medal winners on a podium, COUNTDOWN and 2012 above and XXX OLYMPIAD below
    Designed by Claire Aldridge.
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in silver and gold. Silver piedfort proofs were also issued.

  30. 2012 Olympics.

    Obverse: Fourth Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D FIVE POUNDS 2012.
    Reverse: London skyline, LONDON 2012 above, Olympic symbol and sports around.
    Designed by Saiman Miah
    Edge: Milled
    Proofs were issued in gold-plated silver.

  31. 2012 Paralympics.

    Obverse: Fourth Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D FIVE POUNDS 2012.
    Reverse: Circular design representing Big Ben (London), stopwatch (speed), target (accuracy) and wheel (manoeuvrability).
    Designed by Pippa Sanderson
    Edge: Milled
    Piedfort Proofs were issued in silver.

  32. 2013 60th Anniversary of the Coronation.

    Obverse: Fourth Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D FIVE POUNDS 2013.
    Reverse: Imperial State Crown, A VOW MADE GOOD TO REIGN AND SERVE.
    Designed by Emma Noble
    Edge: Milled

  33. 2013 Christening of Prince George.

    Obverse: Fourth Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D above, FIVE POUNDS below.
    Reverse: Ornate crowned frame, To celebrate the christening of PRINCE GEORGE of CAMBRIDGE 2013 within.
    Designed by John Bergdahl
    Edge: Milled

  34. 2014 Tricentenary of Death of Queen Anne.

    Obverse: Fourth Portrait, ELIZABETH II D G REG F D FIVE POUNDS 2014 around
    Reverse: Portrait of Queen Anne in ornate frame, QUEEN ANNE DEI GRATIA 1665-1714 above.
    Designed by Mark Richards FRBS
    Edge: Milled

In addition, at least 18 London 2012 Olympics issues were made between 2009 and 2012, but as all were issued as proofs only, they are not listed here.


Acknowledgements

See my Main Coins Index page for acknowledgements

I am grateful to Phil McLoughlin for the information regarding Avril Vaughan.


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