Crown, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Crown, Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1801 - 1965)
Coin TypeCrown

The British crown, the successor to the English crown and the Scottish dollar, came into being with the Union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland in 1707. As with the English coin, its value was five shillings.

Always a heavy silver coin weighing about one ounce, during the 19th and 20th centuries the Crown declined from being a real means of exchange to being a coin rarely spent and minted for commemorative purposes only. In that format it has continued to be minted, even following decimalisation of the British currency in 1971.

The legal tender value of the crown remained as five shillings from 1544 to 1965. However, for most of this period there was no denominational designation or "face value" mark of value displayed on the coin. From 1927 to 1939, the word "CROWN" appears, and from 1951 to 1960 this was changed to "FIVE SHILLINGS".

After decimalisation in 1971, the face value kept its five shillings equivalent at 25 new pence, later simply 25 pence, although the face value is not shown on any of these issues. Even though they have been withdrawn from circulation, pieces struck prior to 1990 - all the way back to 1818 - continue to be legal tender for that amount (i.e. they have not been formally demonetised).

Obverse

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse

Reverse Inscription
EdgeMilled or InscribedEdge Inscription
Coin Type: Crown - (45) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Crown 1818 United Kingdom / Crown 1818 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1818 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 155,232
Crown 1819 United Kingdom / Crown 1819 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1819 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 683,496
Crown 1820 United Kingdom / Crown 1820 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1820 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 448,272
Crown 1821 United Kingdom / Crown 1821 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1821 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 437,976
Crown 1822 United Kingdom / Crown 1822 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1822 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 124,929
Crown 1825 (Proof only) Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Crown 1826 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Crown 1826 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1826 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 150
Crown 1831 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Crown 1831 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1831 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 100
Crown 1834 (Pattern) Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Crown 1839 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Crown 1839 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1839 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Crown 1844 United Kingdom / Crown 1844 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1844 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 94,248
Crown 1845 United Kingdom / Crown 1845 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1845 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 159,192
Crown 1847 United Kingdom / Crown 1847 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1847 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 140,976
Crown 1847 Gothic United Kingdom / Crown 1847 Gothic - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1847 Gothic - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 8,000
Crown 1853 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Crown 1853 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1853 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Crown 1887 United Kingdom / Crown 1887 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1887 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 274,665
Crown 1888 United Kingdom / Crown 1888 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1888 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 131,899
Crown 1889 United Kingdom / Crown 1889 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1889 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,807,223
Crown 1890 United Kingdom / Crown 1890 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1890 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 997,862
Crown 1891 United Kingdom / Crown 1891 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1891 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 566,394
Crown 1892 United Kingdom / Crown 1892 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1892 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 451,334
Crown 1893 United Kingdom / Crown 1893 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1893 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 499,157
Crown 1894 United Kingdom / Crown 1894 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1894 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 144,906
Crown 1895 United Kingdom / Crown 1895 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1895 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 252,862
Crown 1896 United Kingdom / Crown 1896 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1896 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 317,599
Crown 1897 United Kingdom / Crown 1897 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1897 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 252,118
Crown 1898 United Kingdom / Crown 1898 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1898 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 161,450
Crown 1899 United Kingdom / Crown 1899 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1899 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 166,300
Crown 1900 United Kingdom / Crown 1900 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1900 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 353,356
Crown 1902 United Kingdom / Crown 1902 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1902 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 271,143
Crown 1927 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Crown 1927 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1927 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 15,030
Crown 1928 United Kingdom / Crown 1928 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1928 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 9,034
Crown 1929 United Kingdom / Crown 1929 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1929 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,994
Crown 1930 United Kingdom / Crown 1930 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1930 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,847
Crown 1931 United Kingdom / Crown 1931 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1931 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,056
Crown 1932 United Kingdom / Crown 1932 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1932 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,395
Crown 1933 United Kingdom / Crown 1933 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1933 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 7,132
Crown 1934 United Kingdom / Crown 1934 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1934 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 932
Crown 1935 Rocking Horse United Kingdom / Crown 1935 Rocking Horse - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1935 Rocking Horse - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 717,269
Crown 1936 United Kingdom / Crown 1936 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1936 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,473
Crown 1937 United Kingdom / Crown 1937 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1937 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 445,101
Crown 1951 Festival of Britain United Kingdom / Crown 1951 Festival of Britain - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1951 Festival of Britain - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,003,540
Crown 1953 United Kingdom / Crown 1953 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1953 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 6,002,621
Crown 1960 United Kingdom / Crown 1960 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1960 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,094,038
Crown 1965 Churchill United Kingdom / Crown 1965 Churchill - reverse photo United Kingdom / Crown 1965 Churchill - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 19,640,000
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Crown: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-types Crown (St George)
Crown (St George within Garter)
Crown (Shield)
Crown (Gothic)
Crown (Wreath)
Crown (St George, Modern)
Crown (Shield, 0.500 silver)
Crown (St George, CuproNickel)
Crown (Shields, CuproNickel)
Crown (Churchill)
From1801
To1965
Face Value5 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1971
MaterialSilver to 1937, then CuproNickel
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size39.000 mm
Mass28.276 g
Crown: Photos
ImageDetails
Coin - Crown, George III, Great Britain, 1818
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: St George within Garter (1818 - 1820).
Source
Coin - Crown, George IV, Great Britain, 1822
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: St George reverse (1821 - 1822, then 1887 - 1902, then 1951).
Source
Proof Coin - Crown, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1839
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
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Coin - Crown (Gothic), Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1847
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Gothic reverse (1847, 1853).
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Proof Coin - Crown, George V, Great Britain, 1927
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Wreath reverse (1927 - 1936).
Source
Coin - Crown, Silver Jubilee George V, Great Britain, 1935
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Modern ("Rocking horse") St George (1935).
Source
Proof Coin - Crown, George VI, Great Britain, 1937
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Shield reverse (1937).
Source
Proof Coin - Crown, Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1953
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Shields reverse (1953, 1960).
Source
Coin - Crown, Churchill Commemorative, Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1965
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Churchill (1965).
Source
Coin - Crown, George III, Great Britain, 1818
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George III (1818 - 1820).
Source
Coin - Crown, George IV, Great Britain, 1822
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George IV, portrait by Benedetto Pistrucci (1821 - 1822).
Source
Proof Coin - Crown, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1839
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Queen Victoria, Young head (1839 - 1847).
Source
Coin - Crown (Gothic), Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1847
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Queen Victoria, Gothic portrait (1847, 1853).
Source
Coin - Crown, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Queen Victoria, Jubilee head (1887 - 1892).
Source
Coin - Crown, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1897
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Queen Victoria, Veiled head (1893 - 1900).
Source
Coin - Crown, Edward VII, Great Britain, 1902
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King Edward VII (1902).
Source
Proof Coin - Crown, George V, Great Britain, 1927
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George V (1927 - 1936).
Source
Proof Coin - Crown, George VI, Great Britain, 1937
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George VI (1937, 1951).
Source
Proof Coin - Crown, Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1953
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Proof Coin - Crown, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1960
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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