Crown (Five Pounds), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Crown (Five Pounds), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1990 - )
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)

At the time of decimalisation in 1971, the United Kingdom Crown coin (equal to 5 shillings) was redenominated as a 25p coin and pieces struck prior to 1990 - all the way back to 1818 - continue to be legal tender for that amount. The old denomination had been a regular circulating coin in the 19th century, but in the 20th century it became more of a commemorative denomination.

The Royal Mint continued issuing commemorative coins in the same format - using the traditional coin dimensions, but in copper-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel) just as the last pre-decimal crowns had been. These were initially also denominated as 25 pence but - uniquely for British decimal coinage, did not have their value stated on them, which continues the tradition of the old crowns.

Only four designs were issued between 1972 and 1981. After that, the "Crown" was revived in 1990 as a commemorative Five Pound coin, having the same dimensions and weight but with a face value twenty times as great. The two can be distinguished because the £5 coin is marked with its value. Crowns were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated and in Proof FDC grade until 2008, after which they ceased to be struck to a circulating standard and are now only issued as proofs.

The denomination is used to mark special occasions, usually royal in theme, rather than for use in general circulation. Although not circulating, these coins are legal tender, but contrary to popular belief this does not mean that banks and retailers automatically have to accept them. In the United Kingdom, they are accepted by Royal Mail post offices.

Note that the Quintuple Sovereign (5 sovereigns) also has a face value of five pounds, but is a massive gold bullion coin and as such has much higher intrinsic value.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Crown (Five Pounds) - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend (in Latin).

Obverse InscriptionLegend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse
United Kingdom / Crown (Five Pounds) - reverse photo

Various designs as individually described below.

Reverse InscriptionFIVE POUNDS
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Crown (Five Pounds) (92)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Pounds 1990 Queen Mother 2,806,681 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 1993 Coronation Anniversary 1,900,735 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait, by Mary Gillick ELIZABETH II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds 1996 Queen's 70th Birthday 2,536,992 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 1997 Golden Wedding 1,733,000 ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D PHILIP · PRINCEPS
Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles 1,570,970 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Five Pounds 1999 Princess Diana 2,698,150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Five Pounds 1999 Millennium 2,698,150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Five Pounds 2000 Millennium 1,573,546 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Five Pounds 2000 Queen Mother 1,573,546 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Five Pounds 2001 Queen Victoria 900,863 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Five Pounds 2002 Golden Jubilee 1,734,622 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF · AMOR · POPULI PRÆSIDIUM REG 2002
Five Pounds 2002 Queen Mother 1,734,621 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G REG · F · D 2002 FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2003 Coronation Jubilee 1,451,141 ELIZABETH II · DEI GRATIA REGINA · F · D ·
Five Pounds 2004 Entente Cordiale 1,228,166 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2005 Trafalgar 537,758 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2005 Nelson 537,758 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday 420,746 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2007 Diamond Wedding 329,632 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · PHILIP · PRINCEPS
Five Pounds 2008 Queen Elizabeth I 113,729 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2008 Prince Charles 105,167 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2009 King Henry VIII 101,557 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Five Pounds 2010 Restoration of the Monarchy 61,091 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Five Pounds 2011 Prince Philip 47,704 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds 2011 Royal Wedding 250,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2011
Five Pounds 2012 Diamond Jubilee 528,800 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 Coronation Anniversary 100,986 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2013
Five Pounds 2013 Royal Birth 7,460 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 Prince George Christening 56,014 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 First Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait, by Mary Gillick ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F · D · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 Second Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin · ELIZABETH · II · D : G : REG : F : D : FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2013 Third Portrait 1,465 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2013 Fourth Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2014 Queen Anne 40,170 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Prince George Birthday 7,451 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2014 Big Ben 1,299 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Buckingham Palace 1,299 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Trafalgar Square 1,299 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Tower Bridge 1,299 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Five Pounds 2015 Churchill 66,864 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2015
Five Pounds 2015 Battle of Waterloo (Fourth Portrait) 66,948 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2015
Five Pounds 2015 Battle of Waterloo (Fifth Portrait) 2,523 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Five Pounds 2015 Birth of Princess Charlotte unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening 4,842 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2015 Prince George Birthday 4,009 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 48,848 Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 120,651 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Lake District 1,098 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Giant's Causeway 1,098 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 White Cliffs of Dover 1,098 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Snowdonia 1,098 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2017 House of Windsor unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Sapphire Jubilee unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 King Canute unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Prince Philip 29,097 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Platinum Wedding 42,550 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2017 Platinum Wedding (Heraldic, Platinum) 112 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2017 Lion of England 31,838 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 31,978 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Edinburgh Castle 1,087 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Hampton Court Palace 1,087 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Downing Street 1,087 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Westminster Abbey 1,087 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Remembrance Day unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Christmas Tree 38,407 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Prince George Birthday unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Four Generations unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Royal Wedding unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Royal Academy unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Lawrence of Arabia unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Ypres unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Tanks unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Royal Air Force unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Women in Factories unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Widows unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Remembrance Day unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 War Memorials unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Poppies unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Imperial War Museums unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Commonwealth War Graves unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Peace unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Remembrance Day (Coloured) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Blackpool unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Brighton unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Southwold unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Tenby unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Christmas Nutcracker unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2019 Queen Victoria unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Wordsworth unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Bond, James Bond unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 James Bond, Pay Attention unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 James Bond, Shaken not Stirred unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
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Crown (Five Pounds): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
From1990
Face Value5 (x Pound)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.6100
Thickness (mm)2.8900
Mass (g)28.2800
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