Five Pounds 2018 Christmas Nutcracker, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pounds 2018 Christmas Nutcracker, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Pounds 2018 Christmas Nutcracker

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 a Christmas gift.

The Royal Mint says:
"This year, give a Christmas card that your loved ones will want to keep forever. The Royal Mint’s 2018 Christmas coin celebrates a story entrenched within our Christmas traditions - The Nutcracker. The coin is the shimmering centrepiece of this magical Christmas card.

Nutcrackers carry with them a sense of tradition as well as an abundance of stories and legends of the past. Just like The Nutcracker story, the tradition of coins at Christmas has a very long history, with St Nicholas placing coins in stockings drying on the chimney ledge; Christmas and coins go hand-in-hand.

Keep the spirit of the season alive by gifting this year-dated £5 Nutcracker coin. Artist Harry Brockway has captured the magic and spirit of The Nutcracker through the snowflakes, Sugar Plum Fairy and of course, the Nutcracker Soldier - the centrepiece of The Nutcracker story."

The coins come in a presentation folder, Royal Mint Product Code: UK18CNBU, issue price: £13.00.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage39,337
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2018 Christmas Nutcracker - 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 (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

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

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 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 · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2018 Christmas Nutcracker - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows, in a cruciform pattern, four figures of a nutcracker soldier and four dancer figurines.

Around left and right, divided by decorative curtain shapes, the inscription CHRISTMAS 2018 THE NUTCRACKER.

Below right, under one of the decorative curtains, the artist's initials HB (for Harry Brockway).

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription CHRISTMAS 2018 THE NUTCRACKER
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Notes

Issued: 26,857 individual coins, plus 10,498 in tubes and 1,982 in The Royal Mint Advent Calendar.

Mintage figures are not final as of March 2021.

Five Pounds 2018 Christmas Nutcracker: References to Information Used
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Five Pounds 2017 Sapphire Jubilee unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 King Canute unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Prince Philip 29,097 Queen Elizabeth II - 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 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 31,978 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Edinburgh Castle 1,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Hampton Court Palace 1,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Downing Street 1,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Westminster Abbey 1,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Remembrance Day unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Christmas Tree 38,407 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Sapphire Anniversary 18,296 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Prince George Birthday 50,588 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Four Generations 22,393 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Royal Wedding 62,755 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Royal Academy of Arts 11,988 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Lawrence of Arabia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Ypres unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Tanks unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Royal Air Force unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Women in Factories unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Widows unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Remembrance Day 798 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 War Memorials 693 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Poppies 1,803 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Imperial War Museums 693 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Commonwealth War Graves 693 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Peace 693 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Remembrance Day (Coloured) 15,941 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Blackpool unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Brighton unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Southwold unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Tenby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Prince Charles 27,435 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Lion of England 9,840 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Red Dragon of Wales 25,753 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Black Bull of Clarence 17,763 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Christmas Nutcracker 39,337 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2019 Remembrance unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2019 Queen Victoria unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Five Pounds 2019 Legend of the Ravens unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Five Pounds 2019 Ceremony of the Keys unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Five Pounds 2019 Yeoman Warders unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Five Pounds 2019 Crown Jewels unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Five Pounds 2019 Lion of England unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2019 Yale of Beaufort unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2020 King George III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Wordsworth unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Elton John unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Bond, James Bond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 James Bond, Pay Attention unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 James Bond, Shaken not Stirred unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 White Tower unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Royal Menagerie unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Royal Mint unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Infamous Prison unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Red Cross unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2020 End of World War Two unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2020 Remembrance Day - Unknown Warrior unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2020 White Lion of Mortimer unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2020 White Horse of Hanover unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2021 Griffin of Edward III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Five Pounds 2021 Prince Philip unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Five Pounds 2021 Mr. Men - Mr. Happy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Five Pounds 2021 Mr. Men - Mr. Strong and Little Miss Giggles unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Five Pounds 2021 Mr. Men - Little Miss Sunshine unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Five Pounds 2021 Peter Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Five Pounds 2021 Alice in Wonderland unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Five Pounds 2021 Royal Albert Hall unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Five Pounds 2021 Alfred the Great unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2021 Music Legends - The Who unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
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Five Pounds 2018 Christmas Nutcracker: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage39,337
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerHarry Brockway
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Thickness2.890 mm
Mass28.280 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-BWPQ-EMNY
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