Five Pounds 2016 Army, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pounds 2016 Army, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Pounds 2016 Army

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 was issued as part of a six-coin set of similar coins commemorating the Centenary of the First World War; the set itself is the third part of a series of sets issued over several years. This coin commemorates the role of the British Army in the war.

During World War I, there were four distinct British armies. The first comprised approximately 247,000 soldiers of the regular army, over half of which were posted overseas to garrison the British Empire, supported by some 210,000 reserves and a potential 60,000 additional reserves. This component formed the backbone of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), which was formed for service in France and became known as the Old Contemptibles. The second army was provided by the approximately 246,000-strong Territorial Force, initially allocated to home defence but used to reinforce the BEF after the regular army suffered heavy losses in the opening battles of the war. The third army was Kitchener's Army, comprising men who answered Lord Kitchener's call for volunteers in 1914 - 1915 and which went into action at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The fourth army was the reinforcement of existing formations with conscripts after the introduction of compulsory service in January 1916. By the end of 1918, the British Army had reached its maximum strength of 3,820,000 men and could field over 70 divisions. The vast majority of the British Army fought in the main theatre of war on the Western Front in France and Belgium against the German Empire. Some units were engaged in Italy and Salonika against Austria-Hungary and the Bulgarian Army, while other units fought in the Middle East, Africa and Mesopotamia - mainly against the Ottoman Empire - and one battalion fought alongside the Japanese Army in China during the Siege of Tsingtao.

David Rowlands’ design depicts a group of soldiers in a state of readiness, holed up in their trench. The edge lettering "MEN WHO MARCH AWAY" is taken from the poem of the same name by Thomas Hardy.

The coin was issued in Proof FDC, in sterling silver and in a gold; unlike four of the other five coins in the set, this one was also issued individually boxed.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2016 Army - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English and the year.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2016 Army - reverse photo

At its centre, the reverse of the coin shows British infantry troops sitting in a state of readiness in a trench.

Around above, the inscription 1914 THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1918. Around below, · ARMY ·

The designer's initials DR (for David Rowlands) are in the lower right field, in the ground under the soldier's boot.

The date, value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 1914 THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1918 · ARMY ·
EdgeInscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionMEN WHO MARCH AWAY
Issued in Set
First World War 2016 UK £5 Silver Proof 6-Coin Set, mintage 499
6 coins: £5 Battle of the Somme, £5 Jack Cornwell, £5 Battle of Jutland, £5 Poetry and Language, £5 Army, £5 Dreadnought
Five Pounds 2016 Army: Known varieties
Variety Silver Proof in capsule
Mintage Issued: 101 (included in total). Mintage limit: 5,000
Material0.925 Silver
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2016 Army / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2016 Army / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 25. Mintage limit: 25
Material0.917 Gold
Details

38.61 mm, 39.94 g of red 22-carat gold.

In Set First World War 2016 UK £5 Gold Proof 6-Coin Set, mintage 25
6 coins: £5 Battle of the Somme, £5 Jack Cornwell, £5 Battle of Jutland, £5 Poetry and Language, £5 Army, £5 Dreadnought
Five Pounds 2016 Army: References to Information Used
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Showing 100 from a total of 188 coins of type: Crown (Five Pounds)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Pounds 1990 Queen Mother 2,806,681 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 1993 Coronation Anniversary 1,900,735 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds 1996 Queen's 70th Birthday 2,536,992 Queen Elizabeth II - 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 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Five Pounds 1999 Princess Diana 2,698,150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Five Pounds 1999 Millennium 2,698,150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Five Pounds 2000 Millennium 1,573,546 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Five Pounds 2000 Queen Mother 1,573,546 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Five Pounds 2001 Queen Victoria 900,863 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Five Pounds 2002 Golden Jubilee 1,734,622 Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF · AMOR · POPULI PRÆSIDIUM REG 2002
Five Pounds 2002 Queen Mother 1,734,621 Queen Elizabeth II - 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 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2005 Trafalgar 537,758 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2005 Nelson 537,758 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday 420,746 Queen Elizabeth II - 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 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2008 Prince Charles 105,167 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2009 Summer Olympics Countdown 184,921 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2009 Mind - Big Ben unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2009
Five Pounds 2009 Mind - Stonehenge unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2009
Five Pounds 2009 Mind - Angel of the North unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2009
Five Pounds 2009 Mind - Flying Scotsman unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2009
Five Pounds 2009 Mind - Sir Isaac Newton unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2009
Five Pounds 2009 Mind - Globe Theatre unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2009
Five Pounds 2009 King Henry VIII 101,557 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Five Pounds 2010 Summer Olympics Countdown 153,080 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2010 Body - Rhossili Bay unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Body - Giant's Causeway unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Body - River Thames unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Body - Barn Owl unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Body - Oak unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Body - Weather-vane unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Spirit - Floral Emblems unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Spirit - White Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Spirit - The Mall unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Spirit - Churchill unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Spirit - Musical Instruments unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Spirit - Equiano unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2010
Five Pounds 2010 Restoration of the Monarchy 61,091 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Five Pounds 2011 Summer Olympics Countdown 163,235 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2011 Prince Philip 47,704 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds 2011 Royal Wedding 250,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2011
Five Pounds 2012 Summer Olympics Countdown 65,275 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2012 Olympics Games 329,942 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2012
Five Pounds 2012 Paralympic Games unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2012
Five Pounds 2012 Diamond Jubilee 528,800 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 Coronation Anniversary 100,986 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2013
Five Pounds 2013 Royal Birth 7,460 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 Prince George Christening 56,014 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 First Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F · D · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2013 Second Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait · ELIZABETH · II · D : G : REG : F : D : FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2013 Third Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D · FIVE POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2013 Fourth Portrait 1,465 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2014 British Expeditionary Force 839 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Howitzers 839 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Walter Tull 839 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Royal Navy 839 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Propaganda 839 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Home Front 839 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Queen Anne 40,170 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Prince George Birthday 7,451 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2014 Big Ben 1,299 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Buckingham Palace 1,299 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Trafalgar Square 1,299 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Five Pounds 2014 Tower Bridge 1,299 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Five Pounds 2015 Churchill 66,864 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2015
Five Pounds 2015 Battle of Waterloo (Fourth Portrait) 66,948 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2015
Five Pounds 2015 Gallipoli (Fourth Portrait) 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIVE POUNDS · 2015
Five Pounds 2015 Battle of Waterloo (Fifth Portrait) 2,523 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Five Pounds 2015 Gallipoli (Fifth Portrait) 807 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Five Pounds 2015 Edith Cavell 807 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Five Pounds 2015 Albert Ball 807 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Five Pounds 2015 Submarines 807 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Five Pounds 2015 Animals at War 807 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Five Pounds 2015 Merchant Navy 807 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Five Pounds 2015 Birth of Princess Charlotte unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening 4,842 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2015 Prince George Birthday 4,009 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 48,848 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · FIVE POUNDS
Five Pounds 2016 Battle of the Somme 4,177 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Jack Cornwell 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Battle of Jutland 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Poetry and Language 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Army 600 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Dreadnought 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 120,651 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Lake District 1,098 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Giant's Causeway 1,098 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 White Cliffs of Dover 1,098 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2016 Snowdonia 1,098 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Noel Chavasse 573 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Arras 573 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Sopwith Camel 573 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Gas Warfare 573 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Medical Services 573 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Art and War 573 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 House of Windsor unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
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Five Pounds 2016 Army: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage600
Mintage Limit2,500
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerDavid Rowlands
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Thickness2.890 mm
Mass28.280 g
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-YVMP-OXJL
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Five Pounds 2016 Army - Gold Proof
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Notes: Gold proof.
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