Five Pounds 1893, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pounds 1893, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Pounds 1893

Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 21,178 (21178)
Sydney Mint Letter S unknown
Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1893 - obverse photo

Crowned bust of the Queen facing left wearing veil over back of crown, ribbon and star of the Garter, pearl necklet with pendant and pearl earring; around, VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·; in field below bust the artist's initials, T.B. (for Thomas Brock).

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1893 - reverse photo

St George on horseback advancing to right wearing a helmet and cape and holding a sword; below horse, fallen dragon with lance in its side; below exergue line at right the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci); in exergue, 1893; the mint mark (if any) is in the ground above the middle of the date.

Reverse Inscription 1893
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The Renniks Australian Coin and Banknote Guide 1965 says: "The Sydney Mint struck gold Two Pound and Five Pound Gold Pieces for the years 1887, 1893 and 1902. No mintage figures are available for these Pieces, however at least fourteen 1887 Gold Pieces have been estimated to exist."

According to the Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971, "Probably not more than a dozen or so of each of the listed two and five pound gold coins [Sydney 1887, 1893, 1902] were issued".

Sydney Mint Five Pounds of 1893 not listed in Krause or Spink.

Regarding the Royal Mint London coins, Spink says in a footnote: "Beware recent forgeries".

Five Pounds 1893: Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC (Royal Mint London)
Mintage 773 (included in total)
Five Pounds 1893: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint Royal Mint London
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint Sydney Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Royal Mint London regular and proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Royal Mint London)
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Five Pounds 1893: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
PeriodPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Coin TypeFive Pounds (Pre-decimal)
Issued1893
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyPortrait by Sir Thomas Brock (Veiled Head)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Mintage21,178
CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)36
Mass (g)39.9403
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Five Pounds 1893: Photos
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Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1893
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Proof Coin - 5 Pounds, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1893
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Royal Mint London.
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Five Pounds 1893: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Friedberg, Gold Coins of the WorldGreat Britain 252 (Royal Mint London)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 787 (Royal Mint London)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3872 (Royal Mint London)