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Brilliant Uncirculated, BU, or B.U.
This page is an index of Brilliant Uncirculated British gold £5 coins, excluding proof and bullion quintuple coins and commemorative crowns.

Five pounds are Britain's biggest gold coin, and as such would make an impressive addition to any collection.

Different Versions
With the issue of the start of the commemorative gold crowns, there are now two types of five pound coins issued, the traditional Sovereign or St. George and Dragon design, and the gold version of the commemorative five pound crowns, at least in the years in which these have been issued.
The St. George and the Dragon five pounds or quintuple sovereigns are produced in three different finishes; bullion, brilliant uncirculated and proof.

A coin grade, a description of the condition of a coin. It can be taken literally as meaning a coin which has not been in circulation, and is therefore in mint condition. Because coins are mass produced, however, this does not necessarily mean absolutely perfect, and an uncirculated coin can be expected to have a few minor scuffs and marks.

Again this word means that it says, that the coin in bright and shiny with its original mint lustre. It is possible for coins which have not been circulated to have lost this lustre through less than perfect storage or handling. Most metal will tone or tarnish over a period of time, often due to atmospheric chemicals, although moisture undoubtedly speeds this process.

Brilliant Uncirculated
Means that the coin described is in mint, although not necessarily perfect condition with its original mint lustre.

The Royal Mint
We believe the British Royal Mint distorted the English language when it started issuing "B.U. (Brilliant Uncirculated)" gold £5 (quintuple sovereign) coins in 1984, but this potential confusion did not come to light until 2000 when it issued not only a B.U. £5, but also a "bullion" version.
These "Brilliant Uncirculated" gold five pound (quintuple sovereign) coins were struck to a superior but non-proof finish, and were issued in limited editions in boxes and with certificates, at a price over double their intrinsic gold content. When later in 2000 it then issued a "bullion" version of the same coin at only about 20% over gold, the error created some six years previously became exposed. This coin was brilliant (bright, shiny, and lustrous) and was also uncirculated (it had not been in circulation), although it was struck to a slightly lower production standard than the so-called "B.U." (Brilliant Uncirculated) version. When we expressed the opinion that people who had already bought the "B.U." version at £525 would be disappointed to find a brilliant uncirculated "bullion" version being issued at £325, a Mint official informed us that they were two different things, and that our criticism was quite incorrect. Perhaps the Mint should have added some extra description to its "Brilliant Uncirculated" products such as superior finish, specimen grade, monnaie-de-luxe, F.D.C., to differentiate these products clearly from those struck to a circulation grade of finish.
It remains our firm opinion that the Royal Mint has created confusion in its careless use of the term B.U. or Brilliant Uncirculated.

We also buy at fair and competitive prices.

B.U. Gold £5 Coins For Sale:-
Prices & Availability
DateTypeVersionIssue LimitMintageIssue £
1984Second Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.25,00015,104£
1985Maklouf Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.20,000?13,626£
1986Maklouf Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.17,5007,723£
1987Uncouped Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.15,000?5,694£
1988Uncouped Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.10,0003,315£
1989Sovereign 500th AnniversaryB.U.10,0002,937£525
1990Maklouf Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.3,5001,226£525
1991Maklouf Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,500976£535
1992St. GeorgeB.U.1,000797£535
1993Maklouf Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000906£535
1994Maklouf Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,0001,000£535
1995Maklouf Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,0001,000£535
1996Maklouf Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000901£575
1997Maklouf Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000802£575
1998Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000825£575
1999Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000?1,000£575
2000Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000?1,000£525
2001Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000?1,000£525
2002Fourth Portrait - ShieldB.U.1,500?1,370£535
2003Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000?825£575
2004Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000?825£575
2005Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,500936£535
2006Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U. 731£
2007Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U. 768£780
2008Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U. 750£
2009Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000?£
2010Fourth Portrait - St. GeorgeB.U.1,000?£

All the above coins come complete with original box and certificate as originally issued unless marked *.
B.U. = Brilliant Uncirculated with box and certificate.

Please contact us prior to ordering for up to date prices and availability.

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Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order, plus £1 per £1,000
EU Insured Post £10 per order, plus £1 per £1,000
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Insured Shipping $20, plus $1 per $1,000
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Insured Shipping $30, plus $1 per $1,000

Raphael Maklouf Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on Obverse of 1992 Brilliant Uncirculated Five Pound Gold Coin
Raphael Maklouf Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on Obverse of 1992 Brilliant Uncirculated Five Pound Gold Coin

Reverse of 1984 'Brilliant Uncirculated' Five Pounds Gold Coin
Reverse of 1984 'Brilliant Uncirculated' Five Pounds Gold Coin

Uncouped Portrait on Obverse of 1987 'Brilliant Uncirculated' Five Pounds Gold Coin
Uncouped Portrait on Obverse of 1987 'Brilliant Uncirculated' Five Pounds Gold Coin


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