Gold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms, Coin from Gibraltar - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms, Coin from Gibraltar
CoinGold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms

Gibraltar is a small British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, bordered to the north by Spain. Its currency is the Gibraltar Pound, which is locally interchangeable with the Pound Sterling, to which it is pegged at par; however, the Gibraltar Pound is legal tender only in Gibraltar and not in the United Kingdom.

The territory has also authorised some mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction. These latter are usually in standard bullion sizes, such as one ounce of gold - designated as 1 oz Au, where Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold.

This coin is part of a Scottsdale Mint series featuring the Royal Arms of England.

In the late 12th century, the Plantagenet King Richard I of England, affectionately known as King Richard the Lionheart, displayed the first-ever Royal Arms of England. The escutcheon (or shield) originally bore one or two lions, but a third lion was eventually added. King Richard the Lionheart’s Royal Arms of England three lions design would come to serve as the symbol of the King of England and the personal coat of arms of nearly every Plantagenet King for the next approximately 200 years.

King Richard’s three lions remained until 1369 when the Plantagenet King Edward III altered the Royal Arms design to include the fleur-de-lis, reputedly in an effort to strengthen his claim to the French crown. Beyond the aesthetic appeal of the coin itself, the incorporation of the Tudor Rose into the design signifies the passing of the Plantagenet Dynasty and the birth of the Tudor Dynasty. In the War of the Roses Henry Tudor (King Henry VII) was victorious over King Richard III, the last Plantagenet King.

MintScottsdale Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,599
Obverse
Gibraltar / Gold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms - obverse photo

At its centre, 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.

Usually, the designer's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley) are present below the portrait when it is used, but they are not displayed on this coin.

In smaller letters around the central circle, the precious metal content: 1 TROY OUNCE 9999 FINE GOLD.

Around above, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · GIBRALTAR (translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Gibraltar). Around below, the face value · 5 POUNDS ·. The border around the rim is beaded.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · GIBRALTAR · 5 POUNDS ·
Reverse
Gibraltar / Gold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms - reverse photo

At the centre of the reverse, the coin features a flat-topped shield bearing the Roayl Arms of England: three lions "passant guardant" (walking to left, facing the viewer). In the lower part of the shield, the date of issue 2018.

The shield is on a background of Tudor roses. The border around the rim is beaded.

Reverse Inscription 2018
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule.

See also

Coins featuring the Royal Arms of England which were issued for Gibraltar in 2018:
- 1 oz Gold (with coloured versions), Royal Arms of England, 2018
- 1/5 oz Gold, Royal Arms of England, 2018
- 1 oz Silver (with coloured versions), Royal Arms of England, 2018

Gold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms: Known varieties
Variety Blue Proof
Images Gibraltar / Gold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms / Blue Proof - obverse photo Gibraltar / Gold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms / Blue Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 500 (included in total)
Details

The lions on the reverse are coloured black. Boxed, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Variety Black Proof
Images Gibraltar / Gold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms / Black Proof - obverse photo Gibraltar / Gold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms / Black Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 99 (included in total)
Details

The lions on the reverse are coloured black. Boxed, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Gold Ounce 2018 Royal Arms: Details
CountryGibraltar
CurrencyGibraltar Pound
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
Effigy / SymbolQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseRoyal Arms of England
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage5,599
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-PWRP-EMNY
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