Detailed information about Coin: Five Pounds Gold 1989 500th Anniversary from United Kingdom
1989 gold coins did not use the by now traditional St. George and Dragon reverse design. Instead to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first gold sovereign for Henry VII in 1489, the designs chosen for both sides of the 1989 gold coins reflected the sovereign designs originally used five centuries ago. Very few coins or currencies can boast such lengthy service.
The original sovereigns were intended to be used as a symbol of Britain's importance and wealth, to impress the rest of Europe.
Gold bullion coin (not intended for general circulation).
|Country||United Kingdom||Currency||Pound Sterling|
|Face value||5 (x Pound)||Type||Five Pounds (Decimal, Gold)|
|Material||0.917 Gold||Designer||Bernard R. Sindall|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II||Effigy||Seated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||Thickness (mm)|
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, seated enthroned, facing forward; around, ELIZABETH · II DEI · GRA · REG · F · D. The entire design, including the style of the lettering, is inspired by the original 1489 sovereigns.
ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
A crowned shield at the centre of a Tudor rose; around, ANNIVERSARY · OF · THE · GOLD · SOVEREIGN · 1489 · 1989. Again this design, and the lettering, are in a style similar to that on the very first gold sovereign issues.
ANNIVERSARY · OF · THE · GOLD · SOVEREIGN · 1489 · 1989
|Proof||5,000 (included in main number)|
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Great Britain KM# 958|
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Mintage||Regular and circulation mintage|
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