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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.

Golden Wedding

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


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:


The edge is milled (reeded)

Gold Crown Specifications

DenominationFive Pounds £5
Alloy22 Carat Gold
Weight39.94 grams
Issue Limit2,750

Banknote Issue

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.

DescriptionIssue LimitIssue PriceAvailable
1997 Proof Gold Five Pound2,750£595Yes
1997 Proof Gold Crown & Banknote150 Yes

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Obverse of the 1997 Proof Five Pounds Gold Coin

Obverse of the 1997 Proof £5 Gold Coin

Other £5 Gold Pieces

Reverse of the 1997 Proof Five Pounds Gold Coin

Reverse of the 1997 Proof £5 Gold Coin

1997 Gold Proof Five Pound Crown in Presentation Box

1997 Gold Proof Five Pound Crown in Presentation Box

1997 Gold Proof Five Pound Crown Certificate of Authenticity

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