Detailed information about Coin: Five Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) from United Kingdom
On 2 March 2015 the Royal Mint revealed a new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, which went into production that very day. This is only the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen to appear on British circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952, making it a very rare event indeed. It became the fourth portrait in circulation, joining those created in 1968, 1985 and 1998 (the effigy by Mary Gillick features on the pre-decimal coins which were demonetised in 1970, and on Maundy coinage which is not in normal circulation); together, the coins that carry them tell the story of Her Majesty’s lifetime and paint a compelling picture of the story of her reign.
The new portrait was designed by Jody Clark. He was the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in over 100 years.
|Country||United Kingdom||Currency||Pound Sterling|
|Face value||5 (x Penny)||Type||Five Pence (Steel, Dent design)|
|Mintage||536,600,000 (536.6 million)||Rarity||C (Common)|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II||Effigy||Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||18||Thickness (mm)||1.8900|
Head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown (worn for her Coronation) and perl earrings (effigy known as the "Fifth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark). Around, ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
|Obverse inscription||ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·|
In August 2005 the Royal Mint launched a competition to find new reverse designs for all circulating coins apart from the £2 coin. The winner, announced in April 2008, was Matthew Dent, whose designs were gradually introduced into the circulating British coinage from mid-2008. The designs for the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins depict sections of the Royal Shield that form the whole shield when placed together. The shield in its entirety is featured on the £1 coin. The 5p coin depicts the centre of the Royal shield, showing the meeting point of the four quarters. The coin's obverse remains largely unchanged, but the beading (the ring of dots around the coin's circumference), which no longer features on the coin's reverse, has also been removed from the obverse.
|Royal Mint||2017||Mintage||link||Circulation mintage|
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