Five Sovereigns 2021 Queen Victoria - Gothic, Coin from Alderney - detailed information

Five Sovereigns 2021 Queen Victoria - Gothic, Coin from Alderney
CoinFive Sovereigns 2021 Queen Victoria - Gothic

The sovereign is a gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling. Struck from 1817 until the present time, it was originally a circulating coin (see pre-decimal Sovereign) accepted in Britain and elsewhere in the world; it is now a bullion coin not intended for circulation, the intrinsic value of which is much higher than its face value. There are several denominations of the Sovereign: Five Sovereigns (Quintuple Sovereign, five pounds gold), Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign and Quarter Sovereign; the current five sovereigns coin - with face value of £5 is a continuation of the pre-decimal five sovereigns, and has been issued as a decimal coin since 1980.

Apart from the sovereigns of the United Kingdom, the British Crown dependency of Alderney has also authorised some mints to issue quintuple sovereigns under its jurisdiction. These are denominated in Alderney Pounds - the local variation of the Pound Sterling. There is a long-standing tradition in the United Kingdom that this type of coin does not have its value and denomination spelled out on the coin; this is not, however, the case with Alderney sovereigns - which have the face value written on them.

This coin is part of a two-coin set, which is the second release of the Heritage Series by the Commonwealth Mint, following the Una and the Lion series.

This release commemorates the Gothic Crown, an 1847 Queen Victoria design by former Royal Mint engraver William Wyon. Only 8,000 of the original Gothic Crowns were ever struck many remain firmly in the hands of delighted collectors.

This 2021 issue features a unique young effigy of Queen Elizabeth II in Gothic styling by Jody Clark. Queen Elizabeth II has never been styled in this way before, and the effigy was approved by the Palace exclusively for use on the 2021 Alderney Gothic Crown.

The first coin in the series features the reverse of the Gothic Crown; this second coin is dedicated to Queen Victoria's Gothic portrait, which was on the obverse of the original crown.

MintCommonwealth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage525
Obverse
Alderney / Five Sovereigns 2021 Queen Victoria - Gothic - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows a young portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in Gothic style; she is crowned with the same crown that Queen Victoria has on her Gothic portrait, and wears a richly decorated gown.

The designer's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are below left.

The inscription around the effigy is in ornate Gothic script and reads Elizabeth dei gratia britanniar. reg: f:d in the outer circle, and Alderney c.i. 2021 five pounds in the inner circle.

The monarch's legend is in Latin and in translation means Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith. Alderney C.I. designates Alderney, part of the Channel Islands.

Obverse Inscription Elizabeth dei gratia britanniar. reg: f:d Alderney c.i. 2021 five pounds
Reverse
Alderney / Five Sovereigns 2021 Queen Victoria - Gothic - reverse photo

Within a decorated border, the reverse of the coin shows the young bust of Queen Victoria, facing left; the effigy is by William Wyon and is widely known as her Gothic Portrait.

The Queen is crowned with the Crown of Saint Edward, which has been used in the coronation of English monarchs since the 13th century. Her hair is braided and held back in a bun, with a braid looping around her ear. Her dress is decorated with rose, thistle and shamrock - the national plants of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland and Ireland respectively).

Around, the monarch's legend: Victoria dei gratia britanniar. reg: f: d (abbreviated from Victoria dei gratia britanniarum regina, fidei defensor - Victoria, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Britains, Defender of the Faith).

Reverse Inscription Victoria dei gratia britanniar. reg: f: d
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in presentation box, graded in PCGS slab, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

400 proof coins plus 125 matte proofs.

See also

Queen Victoria's Gothic Portrait has been re-issued as:
- 2 kg Gold Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, United Kingdom 2021
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, Alderney 2021
- 10 oz Gold Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, United Kingdom 2021
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, Alderney 2021
- 2 oz Gold Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, Alderney 2021
- 2 oz Gold Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, United Kingdom 2021
- Five Gold Sovereigns, Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, Alderney 2021
- 2 kg Silver Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, United Kingdom 2021
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, United Kingdom 2021
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, United Kingdom 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, Alderney 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, United Kingdom 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Queen Victoria Gothic Portrait, Alderney 2021

Five Sovereigns 2021 Queen Victoria - Gothic: Known varieties
Variety Matte Proof
Mintage Issued: 125 (included in total)
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Five Sovereigns 2021 Queen Victoria - Gothic: Details
CountryAlderney
CurrencyAlderney Pound
Coin TypeFive Sovereigns
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Gothic Portrait by Jody Clark
ReverseQueen Victoria - Gothic Portrait by William Wyon
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage525
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerWilliam Wyon, Jody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass40.000 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-RJKB-ENQG
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