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Reverse of 2003 five pound coin designed by Tom Phillips




Five pound coin

First issued

1990 – earlier crowns have a face value of 25p

Diameter

38.61mm

Weight

28.28g

Composition

Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)

Crowns issued during
the current reign

At the time of decimalisation the United Kingdom five-shilling crown was redenominated as a 25p coin and pieces struck prior to 1990 – all the way back to 1818 – continue to be legal tender for that amount. The face value of new issues of the coin from 1990 was increased to £5.

Crowns are issued to mark special occasions, usually royal in theme, rather than for use in general circulation. They are legal tender – for £5 or 25p as described above – but contrary to popular belief this does not mean that banks and retailers automatically have to accept them.

If you are looking to dispose of commemorative crowns, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Issued as five-shilling coins, redenominated as 25p coins in 1971

1953 Coronation

1953

Coronation

Obverse by Gilbert Ledward

Equestrian portrait of the Queen

Reverse by Edgar Fuller & Cecil Thomas The four quarterings of the Royal Arms each contained in a shield and arranged in saltire with, in the intervening spaces, a double rose, a thistle, a sprig of shamrock and a leek; in the centre the Crown, and in the base the date of the year, 1953

1960 New York Exhibition

1960

New York Exhibition

Standard obverse by Mary Gillick

Reverse as for 1953 crown but with the date, 1960

1965 Winston Churchill Memorial

1965

Winston Churchill Memorial

Standard obverse by Mary Gillick

Reverse by Oscar Nemon
A portrait of Winston Churchill

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2. Issued as 25p coins

1972 Silver Wedding of the Queen and Prince Philip

1972

Silver Wedding of the Queen and Prince Philip

Standard obverse by Arnold Machin

Reverse by Arnold Machin
The initials EP on a background of foliage with a figure of Eros between, all surmounted by a Royal Crown

1977 Silver Jubilee

1977

Silver Jubilee

Obverse by Arnold Machin

Equestrian portrait of the Queen

Reverse by Arnold Machin
The Ampulla and Anointing Spoon from the Royal Regalia, encircled by a floral border and surmounted by a Royal Crown

1980 80th birthday of the Queen Mother

1980

80th birthday of the Queen Mother

Standard obverse by Arnold Machin

Reverse by Richard Guyatt
A portrait of the Queen Mother surrounded by a radiating pattern of symbolic bows and lions

1981 Marriage of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer

1981

Marriage of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer

Standard obverse by Arnold Machin

Reverse by Philip Nathan
Conjoined portraits of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer

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3. Issued as £5 coins

1990 90th birthday of the Queen Mother

1990

90th birthday of the Queen Mother

Standard obverse by Raphael Maklouf
A cypher in the form of a letter E in duplicate and interlaced – flanked by a rose and a thistle

Reverse by Leslie Durbin

1993 40th anniversary of the Coronation

1993

40th anniversary of the Coronation

Obverse by Robert Elderton
The young portrait of the Queen encircled by eight mounted trumpeters, separated by swords and sceptres

Reverse by Robert Elderton
St Edward’s Crown encircled by forty trumpets, eight of them longer than the others

1996 70th birthday of the Queen

1996

70th birthday of the Queen

Standard obverse by Raphael Maklouf

Reverse by Avril Vaughan
Windsor Castle with five flag poles in front, from which fly a forked pennant bearing the date 1926, the Royal Arms, the Union Flag, the Queen’s Personal Flag and a forked pennant bearing the date 1996

1997 Golden Wedding of the Queenand Prince Philip

1997

Golden Wedding of the Queen
and Prince Philip

Obverse by Philip Nathan
Conjoined portraits of the Queen
and Prince Philip

Reverse by Leslie Durbin
A pair of Shields chevronwise, that on the left being a Shield of the Royal Arms and that on the right a Shield of the Arms of Prince Philip – with an anchor cabled below

1998 50th birthday of the Prince of Wales

1998

50th birthday of the Prince of Wales

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Michael Noakes & Robert Elderton
The effigy of the Prince of Wales, a ribbon on which appear the words THE PRINCE’S TRUST and HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE TO SUCCEED, and – in the background – words relating to the work of the Prince’s Trust

1999 Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial

1999

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by David Cornell
A portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales – with the dates 1961 and 1997

1999-2000 Millennium
1999-
2000

Millennium

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Jeffery Matthews
A representation of the dial of a clock with the hour and minute hands set at 12 o’clock and incorporating a map of the British Isles

2000 100th birthday of the Queen Mother
2000

100th birthday of the Queen Mother

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Ian Rank-Broadley
A portrait of the Queen Mother, flanked by celebratory groups of people – a representation of the Queen Mother’s signature appears below

2001 100th anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria
2001

100th anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Mary Milner Dickens
A representation of architectural tracery symbolic of the Crystal Palace, the tracery divided by stylised railway lines in the shape of a V, within which are incorporated a portrait of Queen Victoria and a remnant of the words ONE PENNY

2002 Golden Jubilee

2002

Golden Jubilee

Obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley
An equestrian portrait of the Queen

Reverse by Ian Rank-Broadley
A portrait of the Queen

2002 Queen Mother Memorial
2002

Queen Mother Memorial

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Avril Vaughan
A portrait of the Queen Mother encircled by a wreath

2003 50th anniversary of the Coronation

2003

50th anniversary of the Coronation

Obverse by Tom Phillips
A line portrait of the Queen with a surrounding inscription

Reverse by Tom Phillips
The words GOD SAVE THE QUEEN with a surrounding inscription

2004 100th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale between Great Britain and France
2004

100th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale between Great Britain and France

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by David Gentleman
The combined figures of Britannia and Marianne

2005 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar
2005

200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Clive Duncan
The two British ships, HMS Victory and Temeraire, in the midst of the battle

2005 200th anniversary of the death of Lord Nelson
2005

200th anniversary of the death of Lord Nelson

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by James Butler
A portrait of Lord Nelson in the uniform of a Vice Admiral

2006 80th birthday of the Queen
2006

80th birthday of the Queen

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Danuta Solowiej-Wedderburn
Three trumpets with trumpet banners

2007 Diamond Wedding of the Queen and the Prince Philip

2007

Diamond Wedding of the Queen and Prince Philip

Obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley
Conjoined portraits of the Queen and Prince Philip

Reverse by Emma Noble
The rose window of Westminster Abbey

2008 450th anniversary of the accession of Elizabeth I
2008

450th anniversary of the accession of Elizabeth I

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Rod Kelly
A portrait of Elizabeth I surrounded by four Tudor roses placed at the central points of connecting arches, with two side panels containing details taken from carvings made by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, found at the Tower of London

2008 60th birthday of the Prince of Wales
2008

60th birthday of the Prince of Wales

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Ian Rank-Broadley
A portrait of the Prince of Wales

2009 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII
2009

500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by John Bergdahl
A design inspired by a Holbein painting of Henry VIII, set within a tressure

2010 350th anniversary of the Restoration of the Monarchy
2010

350th anniversary of the Restoration of the Monarchy

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by David Cornell
A design featuring a crown, a spray of oak leaves, interlinked C’s and the date 1660

2011 90th birthday of Prince Philip
2011

90th birthday of Prince Philip

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Mark Richards
A portrait of Prince Philip

2011 Marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
2011

Marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Mark Richards
Facing portraits of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, with the wedding date below

2012 Diamond Jubilee

2012

Diamond Jubilee

Obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley
A portrait of the Queen, inspired by the sculpture mounted in the entrance to the Supreme Court building on Parliament Square

Reverse by Ian Rank-Broadley
An adaptation of the portrait of the Queen first used on United Kingdom coins from 1953 – with an olive branch and ribbon below

2013 60th anniversary of the Coronation
2013

60th anniversary of the Coronation

Standard obverse by Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse by Emma Noble
A design of the Imperial State Crown

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