Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday

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 70th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

It follows another crown coin issued in 1996 to celebrate her 70th birthday.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Mintage420,746
Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday - 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 FIVE POUNDS. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday - reverse photo

The reverse features a fanfare of three ceremonial regal trumpets, each with the Queen's personal banner.

Around above, the inscription VIVAT REGINA (Long live the Queen) separates the anniversary dates 1926 2006.

The designer's initials DSW (for Danuta Solowiej-Wedderburn) are in the right field.

Reverse Inscription 1926 VIVAT REGINA 2006
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionDUTY SERVICE FAITH
Notes

Mintage figure comprised of:
52,267 circulation coins
330,790 brilliant uncirculated in presentation folder
37,689 proofs
Off-metal strikes not included.

Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Mintage 330,790 (included in total)
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage 37,689 (included in total)
In Set United Kingdom 2006 Proof Coin Set, mintage 17,689
13 coins: £5 Queen's 80th Birthday, £2 Technology, £2 Brunel - Portrait, £2 Brunel - Achievements, £1 Egyptian Arch Bridge, 50p Britannia, 50p Victoria Cross - Award, 50p Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: United Kingdom 2006 Proof Set (Deluxe), mintage 15,000 (not included in the above set)
- variety: United Kingdom 2006 Executive Proof Set, mintage 5,000 (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage 20,790
Material0.925 Silver
In Set The Queen's 80th Birthday Collection - A Celebration in Silver, mintage 6,394
13 coins: £5 Queen's 80th Birthday, £2 Technology, £1 Egyptian Arch Bridge, 50p Britannia, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p, Maundy Fourpence, Maundy Threepence, Maundy Twopence, Maundy Penny
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage 5,000
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Silver Proof Piedfort with selected gold plating.

Variety Gold Proof FDC
Mintage 2,750
Material0.917 Gold
Variety Platinum Proof Piedfort
Mintage 250
Material0.9995 Platinum
Details

3 oz (94.20 g) 99.95% platinum, 38.61 mm diameter. Issued with numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Listed by Spink, but not on the Royal Mint's web site.

Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday: References to Information Used
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Royal Mint Mintage link Circulation mintage
Royal Mint Mintage link Varieties mintage
All (26) 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 57,262 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2013
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Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)
Issued2006
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Mintage420,746
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerDanuta Solowiej-Wedderburn
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 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday: Photos
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2006 Queens 80th Birthday Silver Proof £5 Crown
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Notes: Silver Proof.
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2006 Queens 80th Birthday Silver Proof £5 Crown
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Notes: Silver Proof.
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2006 Queens 80th Birthday Silver Proof Piedfort £5 Crown
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Notes: Silver Proof Piedfort with gold plating.
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Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomL16 (was 4561), L16A (Silver Proof Piedfort)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1062, 1062a Silver, 1062b Gold
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# P58 (Silver Proof Piedfort)