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Coin: Five Pounds 1887
Description

A gold coin (36 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring the Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria wearing imperial crown and facing left, a long veil falls behind the head, the bust is draped and decorated with the Star of the Garter, and also the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D: , the artist's initials J.E.B. below the shoulder.

The reverse features St. George on horseback holding a short sword in his right hand, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1887 and the artist's initials B.P.; the mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Struck as part of a new coinage in gold and silver to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, 1837-1887. The coins all shared a new "'Jubilee" obverse of the Queen by Sir Joseph E. Boehm, adapted from his own Jubilee medal. The new obverse proved unpopular but was used until 1893 on the regular denominations. The Golden Jubilee 5 and 2 pounds denominations were only struck in 1887.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value5 (x Pound) TypeFive Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Year1887 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage54,641 (54641)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 54,641 (54641)
Sydney Mint Letter S unknown, Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)36 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)39.9403
Obverse

Jubilee bust of Queen Victoria wearing imperial crown and facing left, a long veil falls behind the head, the bust is draped and decorated with the Star of the Garter, and also the badge of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India; around, VICTORIA D: G: BRITT: REG: F: D:, the artist's initials J.E.B. (for Sir Joseph E. Boehm) below the shoulder.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA D: G: BRITT: REG: F: D:
Reverse

St. George on horseback holding a short sword in his right hand, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1887 and the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci); the mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription1887
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

The Renniks Australian Coin and Banknote Guide 1965 says:

"The Sydney Mint struck gold Two Pound and Five Pound Gold Pieces for the years 1887, 1893 and 1902. No mintage figures are available for these Pieces, however at least fourteen 1887 Gold Pieces have been estimated to exist."

According to the Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971, "Probably not more than a dozen or so of each of the listed two and five pound gold coins [Sydney 1887, 1893, 1902] were issued".

Krause estimates Sydney Mint mintage at 3 (three). Spink just says "Extremely rare".

Five Pounds 1887: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof FDC (Royal Mint London) 797 (included in main number)
Proof no BP (Royal Mint London) unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Five Pounds 1887: Photos
Five Pounds 1887: Photo Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Notes: Royal Mint London. Proof.
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Five Pounds 1887: Photo Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Notes: Royal Mint London. Proof.
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Five Pounds 1887: Photo Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Five Pounds 1887: Photo Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Five Pounds 1887: Photo Pattern Coin - 5 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1887
Pattern Coin - 5 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1887
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Notes: Sydney Mint. Proof.
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Five Pounds 1887: Photo Pattern Coin - 5 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1887
Pattern Coin - 5 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1887
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Sydney Mint. Proof.
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Five Pounds 1887: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 248 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 769 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3864 (Royal Mint London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 17 (Sydney Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 11 (Sydney Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3864A (Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 300 (Sydney Mint)
Five Pounds 1887: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Royal Mint London
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint London circulation and proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proof, Proof no BP (Royal Mint London)
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Five Pounds 1887: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887 Museums Victoria: Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Museums Victoria: Pattern Coin - 5 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1887 American Numismatic Society: Gold 5 pound, London (England)
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List of all (11) coins of type: United Kingdom / Five Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Five Pounds 1820 (Pattern) Five Pounds 1826 (Proof only) Five Pounds 1831 (Pattern) Five Pounds 1839 (Proof only) Five Pounds 1887 Five Pounds 1893
Five Pounds 1902 Five Pounds 1911 (Proof only) Five Pounds 1937 Edward VIII (not released) Five Pounds 1937 (Proof only) Five Pounds 1953 (not released)