Five Pounds 2015 Salvation Army, Coin from Alderney - detailed information

Five Pounds 2015 Salvation Army, Coin from Alderney
CoinFive Pounds 2015 Salvation Army

Alderney is one of the Channel Islands (situated in the Channel between England and France), and is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey - a British Crown dependency. As such, it is not a sovereign country, but has operated as a quasi-sovereign entity since the Middle Ages. The island has issued commemorative coins since 1989, denominated in the Alderney Pound - which is a variant of the Pound Sterling and is legal tender on the islands, but not in the United Kingdom.

The British Royal Mint occasionally uses the jurisdiction of Alderney to issue commemorative coins, usually crowns-sized (i.e. modelled on the pre-decimal crown denomination, which is now continued by the commemorative £5 type. Coins of this type are not intended for circulation.

This coin was issued to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Salvation Army.

The Mint says about the coin:
When William Booth witnessed desperate poverty in Victorian London, he resolved to help the most marginalised, forgotten by the rest of society. His mission, to bring hope and salvation wherever he found despair, would require an army of volunteers and a new charitable movement was born, dedicated to alleviating suffering. Celebrate 150 years of The Salvation Army, now a global force ‘giving hope today’, an organisation which has remained relevant, fighting modern day injustice and inequality and supporting people with their own personal ordeals.

Show your appreciation and support to The Salvation Army and learn more about its origins and evolution as it celebrates this remarkable milestone with the Alderney Brilliant Uncirculated £5 coin. Featuring the iconic shield emblem, Laura Clancy’s design perfectly captures the spirit of this remarkable institution. This coin would be a great addition to any collection, or a great way to inspire a new collector. It comes complete with a fascinating history of this worthy organisation.

Founded in 1865, to bring hope to the poor in London’s East End, The Salvation Army remains as dedicated and relevant 150 years later. From humble beginnings, it has gone from strength to strength, its volunteers and members instantly recognisable in their distinctive uniforms, an idea that originated with Elijah Cadman in 1878; a symbol of identity and of availability to those in need of help. The charity now has a presence in 126 countries, supporting vulnerable and marginalised people and empowering them to transform their lives - the unemployed, the homeless, those who are isolated and forgotten or find themselves victims of trafficking.

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Alderney / Five Pounds 2015 Salvation Army - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the face value: ALDERNEY FIVE POUNDS ELIZABETH II 2015.

Alderney / Five Pounds 2015 Salvation Army - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin depicts at its centre the logo of the Salvation Army organisation, being a shield inscribed on three lines with THE SALVATION ARMY.

The shield is surrounded by a wreath, with a ribbon above carrying the inscription 150 YEAR ANNIVERSARY.

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Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in presentation card.
Royal Mint Product Code: SA15BU

Five Pounds 2015 Salvation Army: Known varieties
Variety Silver Proof
Mintage Issued: 1,500
Material0.925 Silver

28.28 grams of sterling silver. Boxed, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Five Pounds 2015 Salvation Army: Details
CurrencyAlderney Pound
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Pound)
DesignerLaura Clancy
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass28.280 g
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The 150th Anniversary of the Salvation Army 2015 Alderney £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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The 150th Anniversary of the Salvation Army 2015 Alderney £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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