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Coin: Five Pounds 1902
Description

A gold coin (36 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of King Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: below the head in tiny letters the artist's initials DeS.

The reverse features St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1902. The mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

This was a special commemorative issue related to the coronation of Edward VII.

After the closure of the Sydney Mint in 1926 the Sydney dies for this coin were brought to the Melbourne Mint and may have been employed there before being defaced and sent to the Dixon Collection in Sydney (now in the State Library of New South Wales, Dixon Collection).

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value5 (x Pound) TypeFive Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Year1902 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage42,977 (42977)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 42,977 (42977)
Sydney Mint Letter S unknown, Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchKing Edward VII EffigyPortrait by George William de Saulles (Bare Head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)36 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)39.9403
Obverse

Head of King Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: below the head in tiny letters the artist's initials DeS (for George William de Saulles).

Obverse inscription EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Reverse

St. George on horseback holding short sword, the horse rearing to right over a fallen dragon which has a broken lance in its chest; in exergue, the date, 1902. The mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse inscription

1902

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".

Spink only says on 1902S: "Extremely rare".

Five Pounds 1902: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Matt proof FDC (Royal Mint London) 8,066 (included in main number)
Matte proof (Sydney Mint) unknown, Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Five Pounds 1902: Photos
Five Pounds 1902: Photo Coin - 5 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
Coin - 5 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Five Pounds 1902: Photo Coin - 5 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
Coin - 5 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Five Pounds 1902: Photo Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
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Author:
Notes: Sydney Mint. Proof.
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Five Pounds 1902: Photo Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Sydney Mint. Proof.
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Five Pounds 1902: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 256 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 807 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3965 (regular, London) and 3966 (proof , London)
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldAustralia 30 (Sydney Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 17 (Sydney Mint)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3966A (Sydney Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and BanknotesMcD 350 (Sydney Mint)
Five Pounds 1902: 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 regular and proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Matte proof (Sydney Mint)
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Five Pounds 1902: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 5 Pounds, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902 Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, New South Wales, Australia, 1902
American Numismatic Society: Gold 5 pound, London (England)
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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)