Five Pounds 2016 FIFA World Cup Anniversary, Coin from Alderney - detailed information

Five Pounds 2016 FIFA World Cup Anniversary, Coin from Alderney
CoinFive Pounds 2016 FIFA World Cup Anniversary

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 celebrate the 50th Anniversary of England winning the FIFA Football World Cup.

The eighth FIFA World Cup tournament was played in England from 11 July to 30 July 1966. England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final to win their first (and only) World Cup; the match had finished at 2-2 after 90 minutes and went to extra time, when Geoff Hurst scored two goals to complete his hat-trick, the first and as of 2021 only to be scored in a World Cup final, with spectators storming the pitch during the fourth goal. England were the fifth nation to win the event, and the third host nation to win after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934. Brazil were the defending champions, but they failed to progress from the group stage.

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Obverse
Alderney / Five Pounds 2016 FIFA World Cup Anniversary - 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 tiny 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 2016.

Obverse Inscription ALDERNEY FIVE POUNDS ELIZABETH II 2016
Reverse
Alderney / Five Pounds 2016 FIFA World Cup Anniversary - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin depicts a football overlaid with a world map in the background, and the Shield of England (with three lions) and the Football World Cup in the foreground.

Around, the inscription WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP · JULES RIMET CUP · ENGLAND · 1966 ·.

The Jules Rimet Trophy was the original prize for winning the FIFA World Cup. Originally called "Victory", but generally known simply as the World Cup or Coupe du Monde, it was renamed in 1946 to honour the FIFA President Jules Rimet who in 1929 passed a vote to initiate the competition.

Reverse Inscription WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP · JULES RIMET CUP · ENGLAND · 1966 ·
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Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in presentation card.
Royal Mint Product Code: WC16BU

Five Pounds 2016 FIFA World Cup Anniversary: Known varieties
Variety Silver Proof
Mintage Issued: 6,600
Material0.925 Silver
Details

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

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Five Pounds 2016 FIFA World Cup Anniversary: Details
CountryAlderney
CurrencyAlderney Pound
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerEmma Noble
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass28.280 g
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