As a lasting tribute to the north east of England’s most famous landmark and to celebrate Britain’s pride in our heritage, the Angel of the North £5 coin is the perfect gift for those who live in this region of Britain or have friends or family who live there while, at the same time, commemorating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As Britain gears up for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Royal Mint is celebrating achievements from our heritage with the release of 18 sterling silver Proof coins. Each of the £5 coins features the London 2012 logo in colour on the reverse while the Queen’s portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS graces the obverse.
The image of the Angel of the North on this £5 coin highlights this powerful symbol of the north east of England.
Designer Shane Greeves worked closely with the Royal Mint Engraving Team to produce this special coin that combines a stirring quote with a symbolic image to encapsulate the emotion, the wonders and greatness of Britain and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The inscription, ‘I have touched the highest point of all my greatness’ comes from William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, and is intended to provide an unambiguous link with sporting achievement while also making a playful reference to the colossal size of the sculpture.