Values of Coins of England and Great Britain

('Coins of the UK')

by Tony Clayton


Five Pounds and Five Guineas


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George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI, Elizabeth II


It is stressed that the following prices are a guide only, and in UK pounds. They represent what you might have to pay a dealer, rather than what you might be able to sell them for.
I can take no personal responsibility for their accuracy, although every effort has been made to ensure that they have been copied correctly. In addition it should be noted that the price of gold coins is very dependent on the bullion value of gold.

Some prices given below may well be out of date, as gold prices can fluctuate markedly. The bullion value of a modern five pound gold coin was about £1240 ($1920) on 23rd January 2012, whereas on 8th March 2015 it was £880. Live bullion values may be available on my Bullion Value page.

The information has generally been taken from the UK monthly magazine Coin News, and is reproduced by the kind permission of
Token Publishing Ltd, PO Box 14, Honiton, Devon EX14 9YP, UK


Condition Grades

The headings F, VF, EF and Unc refer to the condition grades of the coins. A guide to evaluating grades is found on my UK Coin Values Index page.
Proof coins relatively often found are listed, but the absence of a mention does not mean that a proof of that year does not exist.


Five Guineas


Charles II

First Bust (pointed truncation)

Year    F       VF      EF 
1668    2750    6000    17500
1668el  2500    5500    16000
1669    2750    6000
1669el  3000    6750
1670    2500    5500    18000
1670    proof           100000
1671    2750    5500    17500
1672    2750    5500    17500
1673    2750    5500    13000
1674    3250    6500    14500
1675    2750    5500    13000
1675el  3000    6500
1675ec  4000    7000    18000
1676    2750    6000    13500
1676ec  2750    6000    15000
1677    2750    5500    12000
1677/5  extremely rare
1677ec  3000    6000    14500
1678/7a 2600    6000    13000
1678/7ec3000    7000    15000

el: elephant below bust (1677/5 has the elephant)
ec: elephant and castle below bust
a: bust 1

Second bust (rounded truncation)

Year    F       VF      EF 
1678/7b 2500    5500    18000
1679    2400    5500    18000
1680    2500    5500    18000
1680ec  3000    7000    22000
1681    3000    6000    18000
1681ec  3000    6500    20000
1682    2600    5500    18000
1682ec  2700    6000    18000
1683    2400    6000    17000
1683ec  3000    6500    20000
1684    2800    6000    18000
1684ec  2800    6000    18000
ec: elephant and castle below bust
b: bust 2

James II

Year    F       VF      EF  
1686    3400    7250    24000
1687    3000    7000    20000
1687ec  3200    7000    20000
1688    3200    7000    20000
1688ec  3200    7000    22000
ec: elephant and castle below bust

William & Mary

Year    F       VF      EF
1691    2500    6000    17000
1691ec  2500    6000    17000
1692    2500    6000    17000
1692ec  3000    6000    17500
1693    2700    6500    17000
1693ec  2900    6500    17000
1694    2500    6000    17000
1694ec  3000    6000    18000

ec: elephant and castle below busts
1694 is known with the overdate 4/2. Slightly higher price than normal.


William III

Year    F       VF      EF
1699    3000    6500    20000
1699ec  3200    6750    22000
1700    3000    6200    20000
1701    3000    6000    18000

ec: elephant and castle below bust
The 1701 coin has a different 'fine-work' bust.


Anne

Pre-Union
Year    F       VF      EF
1703V   30000   80000   225000
1705    4250    10000   35000
1706bu  4000    8500    32500

V: VIGO below bust
bu: pre-union - separate England/Scotland shields Post-Union

Year    F       VF      EF
1706au  3000    6000    20000
1709    3000    6000    21000
1711    3200    6000    21000
1713    3200    6000    21000
1714    3200    6000    21000
1714/3  3200    6000    22000

au: post-union - conjoined England/Scotland shields


George I

Year    F       VF      EF
1716    3500    7500    25000
1717    4000    8000    26500
1720    3750    8000    27000
1726    3500    7000    25000

George II

Young Head
Year    F       VF      EF
1729    2600    5200    17000
1729E   2400    5000    14000
1731    2600    6000    22000
1735    2600    6000    22000
1738    2600    5500    18000
1741    2600    5500    16000
1741/38 2600    5000    18000
Old Head
Year    F       VF      EF
1746L   2650    5000    16000
1748    2650    5000    15000
1753    2650    5500    16000
E: EIC below head
L: LIMA below head

George III

Year                    EF
1770    pattern only    175000
1773    pattern only    160000
1777    pattern only    150000

Extracted from Coin News May 2012


Five Pounds


Some lower prices given below may well be out of date, as gold prices can fluctuate markedly. The bullion value of a modern five pound gold coin was about £1188 ($1874) on 21st August 2012. Live bullion values should be available on my Bullion Value page.


George III

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1820    pattern                 37500

George IV

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1826    proof           10000   25000

William IV

None issued.

Victoria

Una and the Lion Issue

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1839    proof           20000   50000
Jubilee Issue
1887    1200    1500    2200    3000
1887    proof                   5000
1887S   Ex rare
S: Sydney Mint
Old Head Issue
1893    1500    2250    3250    4500
1893    proof                   6500

Edward VII

Year    F       VF      EF      Unc
1902    1400    1800    2400    3000
1902    proof                   2750

George V

Year            VF      EF      Unc
1911    proof                   4000

George VI

Year            VF      EF      Unc
1937    proof                   2200

Extracted from Coin News February 2014


Elizabeth II

The following list applies to the standard St.George reverse Five Pound coins (with the exception of the special 1989 Sovereign commemorative).

Uncirculated coins can be distinguished from proofs by the presence of a U in a circle, usually to the left of the date. However, regular issue coins without the U were issued in 2000 (and possibly 2001)

Some lower prices given below may well be out of date, as gold prices can fluctuate markedly. The bullion value of a modern five pound gold coin was about £1188 ($1874) on 21st August 2012. Live bullion values should be available on my Bullion Value page.

First portrait

Year                            Unc
1953    proof Ex rare

Second portrait

Year                            Unc
1980    proof                   950
1981    proof                   950
1982    proof                   975
1984U   St.G                    950
1984    proof                   975

Third (Maklouf) portrait

Year                            Unc
1985U   St.G                    950
1985    proof                   900
1986U   St.G                    950

Modified Maklouf portrait

Year                            Unc
1987U   St.G                    950
1988U   St.G                    950

Sovereign Anniversary Issue

Year                            Unc
1989U   Anniv                   1000
1989    Proof                   1150

Third (Maklouf) portrait

Year                            Unc
1990U   St.G                    900
1990    Proof                   950
1991U   St.G                    900
1991    Proof                   950
1992U   St.G                    900
1992    Proof                   950
1993U   St.G                    900
1993    Proof                   950
1994U   St.G                    900
1994    Proof                   950
1995U   St.G                    900
1995    Proof                   950
1996U   St.G                    900
1996    Proof                   950
1997U   St.G                    950
1997    Proof                   1000

Fourth portrait

Year                            Unc
1998U   St.G                    975
1998    Proof                   1000
1999U   St.G                    975
1999    Proof                   1000
2000    St.G                    900
2000U   St.G                    950
2000    Proof                   950
2001U   St.G                    900
2001    Proof                   950
2002    Shield                  900
2002U   Shield                  900
2002    Proof                   975
2003U   St.G                    950
2003    Proof                   1000
2004U   St.G                    950
2004    Proof                   975
2005U   Noad                    1000
2005    Proof                   1250
2006U   St.G                    900
2006    Proof                   950
2007U   St.G                    900
2007    Proof                   950
2008U   St.G                    950
2008    Proof                   1250
2009U   St.G                    950
2009    Proof                   1250
2010U   St.G
2010    Proof

Values extracted from Coin News June 2010

The lack of a value for a grade means that the coin is rarely found in that grade.

Some lower prices given above may well be out of date, as gold prices can fluctuate markedly. The bullion value of a modern five pound gold coin was about £1188 ($1874) on 21st August 2012. Live bullion values should be available on my Bullion Value page.

Fuller details of the post-1971 gold coins of Queen Elizabeth can be found on the Decimal Gold or Decimal Crowns pages


Search by reign:

Five Guineas
Charles II, James II, William & Mary, William III, Anne, George I, George II, George III

Five Pounds
George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, George VI, Elizabeth II


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