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1988 Gold Five Pounds

£5 History

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.

1988 Five Pounds - New "Uncouped" Portrait

In 1988, 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 1987, 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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DescriptionIssue LimitIssue Price
1988 Gold Five Pound3,315£525?

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Uncouped Portrait on Obverse of 1988 'Brilliant Uncirculated' Five Pounds Gold Coin

Uncouped Portrait on Obverse of 1988 'Brilliant Uncirculated' Five Pounds Gold Coin

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Reverse of 1988 'Brilliant Uncirculated' Five Pounds Gold Coin

Reverse of 1988 'Brilliant Uncirculated' Five Pounds Gold Coin

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Detail of Date and 'U'

Detail of Date and 'U'

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