Five Pounds - New Golden Jubilee Design
2005 - five pounds (and sovereigns) have a stylised version of the traditional St. George & Dragon reverse design. The exact design was kept a close secret until earlier the last moment, but has now been revealed, and we show a photograph of it on the right. The gold £5 coin, a quintuple sovereign, is available in proof finish as part of the 4 coin gold sets of this year, but has also been made available separately in a "Brilliant Uncirculated" version. We usually have stocks of this new Brilliant Uncirculated version.
New Old Design
In 1989 and again in 2002, the Royal Mint issued gold coins of the sovereign series with a different design, in each case for one single year only. These appear to have proved popular. The 1989 were available as a proof only. Although from memory it only sold normally when it was first issued, it has seen increasing demand from the growing numbers of collectors. As the supply is limited, the prices of this issue have been increasing, they now change hands at about double the original issue price.
The 2002 gold sovereign series for the Golden Jubilee were of a shield design, reflecting the similar device used in the early period of Victoria's reign from 1838 to 1871. Once again these were popular, time will tell whether they reach the price levels of the 1989's.
Updated St. George
We discovered in October 2004, that the new 2005 design will be a re-worked and stylised version of the traditional St George & Dragon design which has been used on sovereigns, with a few breaks, since 1817. The silver crown issued in 1935 for the Silver Jubilee of George V featured a stylised deco version of St. George and the dragon, which is sometimes called the "rocking horse crown". Although we were not around when it was issued, we can guess that it was not universally popular when it was issued, and opinion is still divided about its artistic and aesthetic merits. The Isle of Man also produce sovereigns with a St. George and dragon design, or a Viking and dragon, these seem to be popular.
We can predict that the new design will divide opinion, as do all new designs. We tend to be quite positive and receptive to new ideas and designs, and do like the new design. We also believe that the introduction of new ideas and designs is good as it stimulates discussion and interest in collecting coins in general. The traditionalists will no doubt prefer the existing St George design, others will prefer the new design. It is just possible that the combination of old and new will unite these factions, but it is more likely to create and deepen divisions.
For 2005, the issue limit has been set at a maximum of 1,500.
Brilliant Uncirculated 2005 Five Pound
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Obverse of the 2005 Brilliant Uncirculated Five Pound Gold Coin
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Reverse of the 2005 Brilliant Uncirculated Five Pound Gold Coin
2005 Brilliant Uncirculated Five Pound Gold Coin in Presentation Box
2005 Brilliant Uncirculated Five Pound Gold Coin Certificate