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Coin: Five Pounds 1893
Description

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value5 (x Pound) TypeFive Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Year1893 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage21,178 (21178)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint 21,178 (21178) No mint mark
Sydney Mint unknown Letter S
Material0.917 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)36 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)39.9403
Obverse

Crowned bust of the Queen facing left wearing veil over back of crown, ribbon and star of the Garter, pearl necklet with pendant and pearl earring; around, VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·; in field below bust the artist's initials, T.B. (for Thomas Brock).

Obverse inscription VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Reverse

St George on horseback advancing to right wearing a helmet and cape and holding a sword; below horse, fallen dragon with lance in its side; below exergue line at right the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci); in exergue, 1893; the mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription

1893

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

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".

Sydney Mint Five Pounds of 1893 not listed in Krause or Spink.

Five Pounds 1893: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof (Royal Mint London) 773 (included in main number)
Five Pounds 1893: Photos
Five Pounds 1893: Photo Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1893
Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1893
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Five Pounds 1893: Photo Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1893
Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1893
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Royal Mint London.
source
Five Pounds 1893: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 252 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 787 (Royal Mint London)
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3872 (Royal Mint London)
Five Pounds 1893: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum 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 regular and proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Royal Mint London)
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Five Pounds 1893: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1893 American Numismatic Society: Gold 5 pound, London (England)
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)