1987 Gold Five Pounds
Way back in 1902, five pound gold coins were issued for circulation, but even then, they were probably mainly hoarded as curiosities and keepsakes as the modern cupro-nickel £5 crowns are nowadays.
You may wish to see our page of other gold £5 coins. In 1980 the Royal Mint started issuing gold £5 coins once again, although some dates were issued only as part of a 4 coin gold proof set, others were issued as proofs, some as uncirculated versions.
1987 Five Pounds - New "Uncouped" Portrait
In 1987, the £5 coin was issued only in a "Brilliant Uncirculated" version, and there were no proof versions, even in the proof sets. Sometimes we find it hard to understand the thinking at the Royal Mint. What makes this more surprising is that in 1987 and 1988 a different version of the third portrait was used, showing the queen's shoulders, rather than being cut off at the neck. This portrait only appears on the five pound gold coins, and only for these two years. This fact makes this coin, along with the 1988, an important one for type collectors. We usually have one of these large and striking gold coins in stock.
"U" For Uncirculated
From the 1984 issue, the Mint started to place a letter "U" to the left of the date to denote Uncirculated versions of the five pound gold coins, as opposed to the proof versions, we do not know why they thought this was necessary.
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Uncouped Portrait on Obverse of 1987 'Brilliant Uncirculated' Five Pound Gold Coin
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Reverse of the 1987 'Brilliant Uncirculated' Five Pound Gold Coin
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1987 Brilliant Uncirculated Five Pound Gold Coin in Presentation Box