Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Pounds 1998 Prince Charles

At the time of decimalisation in 1971, the United Kingdom Crown coin (equal to 5 shillings) was redenominated as a 25p coin and pieces struck prior to 1990 - all the way back to 1818 - continue to be legal tender for that amount. The old denomination had been a regular circulating coin in the 19th century, but in the 20th century it became more of a commemorative denomination.

The Royal Mint continued issuing commemorative coins in the same format - using the traditional coin dimensions, but in copper-nickel. These were initially also denominated as 25 pence but the "Crown" was changed in 1990 to a commemorative Five Pound coin, having the same dimensions and weight but with a face value twenty times as great.

The denomination is used to mark special occasions, usually royal in theme, rather than for use in general circulation. Although not circulating, these coins are legal tender.

This commemorative £5 Crown-sized coin celebrates the 50th birthday of Prince Charles, son and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,570,970 (1.6 million)
Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (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: ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 1998.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles - reverse photo

The reverse shows a portrait of Prince Charles facing right; around, the inscription FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY OF H·R·H· THE PRINCE OF WALES (HRH is an abbreviation of His Royal Highness).

Around below, the value and denomination are surrounded by the dates of the anniversary: 1948 FIVE POUNDS 1998.

Most of the centre of the coin is dedicated to the Prince's charitable activity through the The Prince's Trust, which is a charity in the United Kingdom helping vulnerable young people get their lives on track. It supports 11 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. A large ribbon has the inscription THE PRINCE'S TRUST above and HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE TO SUCCEED below, with words in the background proclaiming the Trust's values: CONFIDENCE · SUCCESS · OPPORTUNITY · ADVICE · TRAINING TALENT · SKILLS SUPPORT · GRANTS · CHALLENGE ·JOBS ENTERPRISE · INVESTMENT EDUCATION (some partially obscured by the ribbon).

The designer's initials MN for Michael Noakes are in relief next to the fold of the ribbon, and RE for Robert Elderton is incuse on the ribbon itself.

Reverse Inscription FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY OF H·R·H· THE PRINCE OF WALES 1948 FIVE POUNDS 1998
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage figure comprised of:
1,407,300 circulation coins
100,000 specimens in presentation folder
63,670 proofs
Off-metal strikes not included.

Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles: Known varieties
Variety Specimen in presentation folder
Mintage 100,000 (included in total)
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage 63,670 (included in total)
In Set 1998 United Kingdom Proof Coin Collection, mintage 36,907
10 coins: £5 Prince Charles' 50th Birthday, £2 Technology, £1 Royal Arms, 50p Britannia, 50p EU, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: 1998 United Kingdom Proof Coin Collection (deluxe), mintage 26,763 (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage 13,379
Material0.925 Silver
Variety Gold Proof FDC United Kingdom / Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage 773
Material0.917 Gold
Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles: References to Information Used
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Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Varieties mintage
All (52) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Crown (Five Pounds)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Pounds 1990 Queen Mother 2,806,681 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 1993 Coronation Anniversary 1,900,735 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds 1996 Queen's 70th Birthday 2,536,992 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 1997 Golden Wedding 1,733,000 ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D PHILIP · PRINCEPS
Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles 1,570,970 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Five Pounds 1999 Princess Diana 2,698,150 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Five Pounds 1999 Millennium 2,698,150 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Five Pounds 2000 Millennium 1,573,546 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Five Pounds 2000 Queen Mother 1,573,546 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Five Pounds 2001 Queen Victoria 900,863 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Five Pounds 2002 Golden Jubilee 1,734,622 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF · AMOR · POPULI PRÆSIDIUM REG 2002
Five Pounds 2002 Queen Mother 1,734,621 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G REG · F · D 2002 FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2003 Coronation Jubilee 1,451,141 ELIZABETH II · DEI GRATIA REGINA · F · D ·
Five Pounds 2004 Entente Cordiale 1,228,166 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2005 Trafalgar 537,758 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2005 Nelson 537,758 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday 420,746 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2007 Diamond Wedding 329,632 ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · PHILIP · PRINCEPS
Five Pounds 2008 Queen Elizabeth I 113,729 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2008 Prince Charles 105,167 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2009 King Henry VIII 101,557 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Five Pounds 2010 Restoration of the Monarchy 61,091 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Five Pounds 2011 Prince Philip 47,704 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds 2011 Royal Wedding 250,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2011
Five Pounds 2012 Diamond Jubilee 528,800 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 Coronation Anniversary 100,986 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2013
Five Pounds 2013 Royal Birth 7,460 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 Prince George Christening 56,014 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 First Portrait 1,465 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F · D · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 Second Portrait 1,465 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) · ELIZABETH · II · D : G : REG : F : D : FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2013 Third Portrait 1,465 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2013 Fourth Portrait 1,465 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2014 Queen Anne 40,170 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Prince George Birthday 7,451 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2015 Churchill 66,864 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2015
Five Pounds 2015 Battle of Waterloo (Fourth Portrait) 66,948 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2015
Five Pounds 2015 Battle of Waterloo (Fifth Portrait) 2,523 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Five Pounds 2015 Birth of Princess Charlotte unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening 4,842 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2015 Prince George Birthday 4,009 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 48,848 Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 120,651 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2017 House of Windsor unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Sapphire Jubilee unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 King Canute unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Prince Philip 29,097 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Platinum Wedding 42,550 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2017 Platinum Wedding (Heraldic, Platinum) 112 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2017 Lion of England 31,838 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 31,978 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Christmas Tree 38,407 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Prince George Birthday unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
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Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)
Issued1998
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Circulation Mintage1,407,300 (1.4 million)
Total Mintage1,570,970 (1.6 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerMichael Noakes, Robert Elderton
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.6100
Thickness (mm)2.8900
Mass (g)28.2800
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Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles: Photos
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Commemorative Five Pounds Crown 1998 Prince Charles's 50th Birthday
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Commemorative Five Pounds Crown 1998 Prince Charles's 50th Birthday
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Commemorative Five Pounds Silver Proof Crown 1998 Prince Charles's 50th Birthday
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Commemorative Five Pounds Silver Proof Crown 1998 Prince Charles's 50th Birthday
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Commemorative Five Pounds Gold Proof Crown 1998 Prince Charles's 50th Birthday
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Five Pounds 1998 Prince Charles: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomL5 (was 4550)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 995, (995a Silver), 995b (Gold)