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 of £5 - 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 Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse
United Kingdom / Crown (Five Pounds) - reverse photo

Various designs as individually described below.

Reverse Inscription FIVE POUNDS
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

For other coins in the Crown format, see also:
- Alderney Crown
- Isle of Man Crown
- New Zealand crowns-sized commemoratives ($1 from 1969 to 1990, $5 1991 to 2008), discontinued after 2008
- Saint Helena Crown
- United Kingdom pre-decimal Crown (1818 - 1965) and decimal Crown - 25 pence (1972 - 1981)

Coin Type: Crown (Five Pounds) - (221) Coins (Page 3 of 3)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Pounds 2023 King Charles III Coronation unknown King Charles III - First Crowned Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2023 Myths and Legends - King Arthur unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2023 Myths and Legends - Merlin unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2023 Myths and Legends - Morgan le Fay unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2023 Royal Tudor Beasts - The Bull of Clarence unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2023 Pride of England unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2023 Music Legends - Shirley Bassey unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2023 Music Legends - The Police unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2023 Mary Seacole unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2023 James Bond - 1960s unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2023 James Bond - 1970s unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Five Pounds 2024 Year of the Dragon unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Five Pounds 2024 Buckingham Palace unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Five Pounds 2024 Myths and Legends - Robin Hood unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Five Pounds 2024 Myths and Legends - Maid Marian unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Five Pounds 2024 James Bond - 1980s unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Five Pounds 2024 James Bond - 1990s unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Five Pounds 2024 James Bond - 2000s unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Five Pounds 2024 Royal Tudor Beasts - The Seymour Unicorn unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Five Pounds 2024 Royal Tudor Beasts - Tudor Dragon unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
Five Pounds 2024 Music Legends - George Michael unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2024 ·
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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)
Size38.6100 mm
Thickness2.8900 mm
Mass28.2800 g