Year 1997 Gold Five Pounds
Crowns & Gold Five Pounds
There is a historical difference between gold crowns and gold five pound coins. Crowns were originally five shillings pieces worth a quarter of a pound, and five pound coins were, as their name tells, worth five pounds face value. The first British crowns were gold coins issued in 1544, and the first silver crowns were issued in 1551. It was not until 1990 that the Royal Mint retariffed the crown, which was by then a silvery coloured cupro-nickel coin, from five shillings to five pounds.
Commemorative Five Pounds Crown
During the last half century, crowns have often been issued to commemorate
special events. The 1997 Five Pound piece is a crown sized coin, struck in
three different metals and a total of five different variations. It marks the occasion of
the 50th wedding anniversary of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
A golden wedding anniversary deserves celebration, and the 1997 crown pays tribute to this remarkable couple, who are represented on both sides of the coin. Philip Nathan has depicted the Queen and Prince Philip in magnificent profile portraits that are both dignified and reflective. For many collectors these effigies will be reminiscent of the coins of William and Mary, and of the medals of Victoria and The Prince Consort.
Conjoined heads of Elizabeth and Philip, facing right.
The obverse design was engraved by Philip Nathan
ELIZABETH II D G REG F D PHILIP PRINCEPS
The reverse features the crown of St. Edward above shields bearing the Royal Arms and the Coat of Arms of Prince Philip, separated by an anchor. The crown represents the Queen's formal role, being worn by her on state occasions, and the anchor symbolises Prince Philip's distinguished naval career.
The reverse was designed by Leslie Durbin, and modelled by Philip Nathan.
The reverse legend reads:
1947 1997 20 NOVEMBER FIVE POUNDS
The edge is milled (reeded)
Gold Crown Specifications
Denomination||Five Pounds £5|
Alloy||22 Carat Gold
There is also a set which consists of the gold crown as above with a Fifty Pound banknote. the banknote has the prefix EP50, for Elizabeth and Philip 50th anniversary, and the serial number matches that on the certificate, which also states that this is one of only 150.
Description||Issue Limit||Issue Price||Available
1997 Proof Gold Five Pound||2,750||£595||Yes
1997 Proof Gold Crown & Banknote||150|| ||Yes
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Obverse of the 1997 Proof £5 Gold Coin
Other £5 Gold Pieces
Reverse of the 1997 Proof £5 Gold Coin
1997 Gold Proof Five Pound Crown in Presentation Box
1997 Gold Proof Five Pound Crown Certificate of Authenticity