A gold coin coin (33 mm diameter plain edge) with, on the obverse at the centre a crown within an ornate circle; below, 1852; around, * GOVERNMENT ASSAY OFFICE * ADELAIDE. and on the reverse at the centre within ornate circle in three lines, VALUE / FIVE / POUNDS; around, * WEIGHT. 1 OZ: 8 DWT: 4 GRS: * 22 CARATS.
No original coins were produced.
All existing examples were struck in 1921 from the original dies at the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint. The dies were on loan from the Art Gallery of South Australia.