Five Pound Coin Designs and Specifications | The Royal Mint

Five Pound Coin

First Issued 4 August 1990 (previously crowns had a face value of 25 pence)
Specifications
Diameter 38.61mm
Weight 28.28g
Thickness 2.89mm
Composition Cupro-nickel
( 75% copper, 25% nickel)
Collector versions have been struck in precious metals
Obverse Designers Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1990-1997 - Raphael Maklouf
1998-2015 -  Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
2015 to date - Jody Clark
Reverse
Designers
See Table Below
Edge Milled

Background Information

These coins, as the name suggests, are issued to commemorate special occasions of national importance that are usually, but not exclusively, Royal in theme. They are intended to be souvenirs, rather than ordinary circulation coins, and are therefore rarely found in everyday circulation.

Traditionally, crowns had a face value of 25p (or 5 shillings prior to decimalisation in February 1971). In 1990 the face value was increased to £5 to give the coin a value consistent with its weight and size - in relation to those of the then current range of coins.

Each crown issue is authorised by Royal Proclamation in accordance with the requirements laid down by the Coinage Act 1971. This means that in just like other coins in general circulation, a crown has legal tender status.

Most people would not wish to exchange a crown piece, but in recognition of the fact that some people may wish to do so, some banks will allow crowns to be deposited into bank accounts. However, please note that whilst the coins are legal tender, banks are not obliged to accept the coins (please refer to guidelines on legal tender status). Policies on accepting crowns do vary, therefore it is advisable to check with your bank in advance.

Alternatively, crowns can be exchanged for goods or services at Main Post Office branches throughout the UK. For further assistance please contact the Post Office Helpdesk on 08457 223344.

 

Coin ImageYear of IssueDenominationDesignersInformation
  1953 Five Shillings Obverse designer:
Gilbert Ledward

Reverse designer:
Cecil Thomas/Edgar Fuller
The Queen's Coronation The four quarterings of the Royal Arms each contained in a shield and arranged in saltire with, in the intervening spaces, a 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.Edge inscription: FAITH AND TRUTH I WILL BEAR UNTO YOU
  1960 Five Shillings Obverse designer:
Mary Gillick

Reverse designer:
Cecil Thomas/ Edgar Fuller
New York Exhibition

The four quarterings of the Royal Arms each contained in a shield and arranged in saltire with, in the intervening spaces, a rose, a thistle, a sprig of shamrock and a leek; in the centre the Crown and in the base the date of the year, 1960.
Winston Churchill Memorial Five Shillings 1965 Five Shillings Obverse designer:
Mary Gillick

Reverse designer:
Oscar Nenom
Winston Churchill Memorial


Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill and the word CHURCHILL
The Queen & Prince Philip's Silver Wedding 25p coin 1972 25p Obverse designer:
Arnold Machin

Reverse designer:
Arnold Machin
The Queen & Prince Philip's Silver Wedding

The initials EP on a background of foliage, figure of Eros above the royal crown
The Queen's Silver Jubilee 25p 1977 25p Obverse designer:
Arnold Machin

Reverse designer:
Arnold Machin
The Queen's Silver Jubilee

The Ampulla and Anointing Spoon encircled by a floral border and above a royal crown
The Queen Mother's 80th Birthday 25p coin 1980 25p Obverse designer:
Arnold Machin

Reverse designer: Richard Guyatt

The Queen Mother's 80th Birthday

In the centre a portrait of the Queen Mother surrounded by bows and lions with the inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER 4 AUGUST 1980

Prince Charles & Lady Diana's Wedding 25p coin 1981 25p Obverse designer:
Arnold Machin

Reverse designer:
Philip Nathan
Prince Charles & Lady Diana's Wedding

Portrait of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer with the inscription HRH the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer 1981
The Queen Mother's 90th Birthday £5 coin 1990 £5 Obverse designer: Raphael Maklouf

Reverse designer:
Leslie Durbin
The Queen Mother's 90th Birthday

A cypher in the letter E in duplicate, above a royal crown flanked by a rose and a thistle all within the inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER and the dates 1900-1990
The Queen's Coronation 40th Anniversary £5 coin 1993 £5 Obverse designer: Raphael Maklouf

Reverse designer:
Robert Elderton

The Queen's Coronation 40th Anniversary

St Edward's Crown encircled by forty trumpets all within the inscription FAITH AND TRUTH I WILL BEAR UNTO YOU and the anniversary dates 1953-1993

The Queen's 70th Birthday £5 coin

1996 £5

Obverse designer: Raphael Maklouf

Reverse designer:
Avril Vaughan

The Queen's 70th Birthday

A representation of Windsor Castle with five flag poles, two holding forked pennants with anniversary dates of 1926 and 1996, the other flags are Royal Arms, Union flag and Our Personal flag

The Queen and Prince Philip's 50th Golden Wedding £5 coin 1997 £5

Obverse designer:
Philip Nathan

Reverse designer:
Leslie Durbin

The Queen and Prince Philip's 50th Golden Wedding

A pair of Shields, chevronwise, on the left, Shield of Our Royal Arms, on the right, Shield of Prince Philip, above a Royal Crown and the date 20 NOVEMBER, below an anchor cabled and FIVE POUNDS

Prince Charles' 50th Birthday £5 coin 1998 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer: Michael Noakes/Robert Elderton

Prince Charles' 50th Birthday

A portrait of Prince Charles and in the background words relating to the work of The Prince's Trust. A circumscription of FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY OF HRH PRINCE OF WALES and below FIVE POUNDS flanked by anniversary dates of 1948 and 1998

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Crown 1999 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
David Cornell

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Crown

A portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales with the dates 1961 and 1997, circumscription IN MEMORY OF DIANA PRINCESS OF WALES and the value FIVE POUNDS

Millennium Crown 1999-2000 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Jeffrey Matthews

Millennium Crown

A representation of a dial of a clock, hands set at 12 o'clock with a map of the British Isles and the dates 1999 and 2000 and the words ANNO DOMINI and the value FIVE POUNDS

Edge inscription: WHAT'S PAST IS PROLOGUE

The Queen Mother's 100th Birthday £5 coin 2000 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

The Queen Mother's 100th Birthday

A portrait of the Queen Mother,flanked by groups of people with the circumscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER, the anniversary dates 1900-2000. Below the portrait a representation of her signature.

Death of Queen Victoria 100th anniversary £5 coin 2001 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Mary Milner-Dickens

Death of Queen Victoria 100th anniversary

A representation of Crystal Palace within the value FIVE POUNDS, stylised railway lines in the shape of a V incorporating a portrait of Queen Victoria, remnant of the words ONE PENNY and anniversary dates of 1901 and 2001

The Queen's Golden Jubilee £5 coin 2002 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

The Queen's Golden Jubilee

A portrait of the Queen with the value FIVE POUNDS below

Queen Mother Memorial Crown 2002 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Avril Vaughan

Queen Mother Memorial Crown

A portrait of the Queen Mother encircled by a wreath and with the circumscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER and the dates 1900-2002

Edge inscription: STRENGTH DIGNITY LAUGHTER

The Queen's Coronation 50th Anniversary £5 coin 2003 £5

Obverse designer:
Tom Phillips

Reverse designer:
Tom Phillips

The Queen's Coronation 50th Anniversary

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN in the centre surrounded by the words CORONATION JUBILEE FIVE POUNDS and the anniversary date 2003

Entente Cordiale between Great Britain and France 100th Anniversary £5 coin 2004 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
David Gentleman

Entente Cordiale between Great Britain and France 100th Anniversary

Combined figures of Britannia and Marianne, with the words ENTENTE CORDIALE and the anniversary dates 1904 and 2004

200th anniversary of the death of Horatio Nelson £5 coin 2005 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Clive Duncan

200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

Design features HMS Victory & Termeraire in battle surrounded by inscription TRAFALGAR and the dates 1805 & 2005

200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar £5 coin 2005

£5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
James Butler

200th anniversary of the death of Horatio Nelson

A portrait of Horatio Nelson and the dates 1805 & 2005
Edge Inscription: ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERYMAN TO DO HIS DUTY

200th anniversary of the death of Horatio Nelson £5 coin 2006 £5

Obverse Designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse Designer:
Danuta Solowiej-Wedderburn

The Queen's 80th Birthday

Three trumpets with trumpet banners accompanied by the inscription '1926 VIVAT REGINA 2006' Edge inscription: DUTY SERVICE FAITH

Diamond Wedding Anniversary of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh £5 coin 2007 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Emma Noble

Diamond Wedding Anniversary of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

The rose window of Westminster Abbey accompanied by the inscription "TVEATVR VNITA DEVS", the dates "1947" and "2007", and the denomination "FIVE POUNDS".
Edge Inscription: MY STRENGTH AND STAY

450th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth I £5 coin 2008 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Rod Kelly

450th Anniversary of the Accession of
Queen Elizabeth I

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth I crowned and set within a mandorla. A rose has been placed at each connecting point while the two side arches each contain a leaf pattern reminiscent of the carvings made by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. The year of her accession and the year of the anniversary are both shown in Roman numerals.

Edge Inscription: I HAVE REIGNED WITH YOUR LOVES

Prince Charles' 60th Birthday £5 coin 2008 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Prince Charles' 60th Birthday

A portrait of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

Edge Inscription: SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY

500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII £5 coin 2009 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
John Bergdahl

500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII

350th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Monarchy £5 coin 2010 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
David Cornell

350th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Monarchy
90th Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh £5 coin 2011 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Mark Richards FRBS

90th Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh
Royal Wedding £5 coin 2011 £5

Obverse designer:
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer:
Mark Richards FRBS

Royal Wedding
2012 Five Pound Coin 2012 £5 Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Diamond Jubilee
Coronation Coin 2013 £5 Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer: Emma Noble

60th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation

Royal Christening 
2013
£5 Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer: John Bergdahl
The Christening of Prince George of Cambridge
2014 Queen Anne £5 Coin 2014 £5 Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer: Mark Richards FRBS

The 300th Anniversary of the Death of Queen Anne

2015 £5 Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer: Mark Richards FRBS

The 50th Anniversary of the Death of Sir Winston Churchill

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2015 £5 Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse designer: David Lawrence

200th Anniversary of Waterloo

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2015 £5 Obverse designer: Jody Clark

Reverse designer: John Bergdahl

Princess Charlotte Christening

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2016 £5 Obverse designer: Jody Clark

Reverse designer: Christopher Hobbs

The Queen’s 90th Birthday

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