Five Pounds 2021 Alice in Wonderland, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pounds 2021 Alice in Wonderland, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Pounds 2021 Alice in Wonderland

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 £5 Crown-sized commemorative coin is the first in a two-coin mini series by the Royal Mint commemorating Lewis Carrol’s classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The Mint says about it:
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a truly original literary masterpiece and timeless tale made for the imagination. In 2021, Lewis Carroll’s story about an inquisitive young girl called Alice will be celebrated on a UK coin for the very first time. Created in collaboration with the V&A, this coin is exclusively brought to you from The Royal Mint’s Treasury of Tales. Made for both adults and children alike, Alice’s mind-bending trip into Wonderland is a classic example of literary nonsense, a popular form of writing in the mid-nineteenth century. What’s more, the book has never been out of print since its first publication in 1865.

Whilst Carroll’s words weave endless possibilities for our imagination, graphic humorist and political cartoonist Sir John Tenniel provided charming illustrations that helped bring the story to life - one of which features on the reverse design for this coin. This wonderful tribute to one of the most imaginative tales in literary history is a coin that can serve as a treasured keepsake for ardent fans of the book, or even the perfect "unbirthday" gift for a friend or loved one to start or add to their collection.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2021 Alice in Wonderland - 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, followed by the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·. 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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2021 Alice in Wonderland - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features an illustration from the children's book "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. Alice is seen talking to the Cheshire Cat, who is up on a tree branch.

On four lines, the inscription reads ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.

The face value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in display card.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK21AWBU
Date of issue: 5 July 2021.
Issue price: £13.00

See also

Coins in the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland series include:
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Through the Looking-Glass
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Through the Looking-Glass
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- 1 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Through the Looking-Glass
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof, Through the Looking-Glass
- £5 CuproNickel, with coloured version, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- £5 CuproNickel, with coloured version, Through the Looking-Glass

Five Pounds 2021 Alice in Wonderland: Known varieties
Variety Coloured Reverse
Images United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2021 Alice in Wonderland / Coloured Reverse - obverse photo United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2021 Alice in Wonderland / Coloured Reverse - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 15,000. Mintage limit: 15,000
Details

The figures of Alice and the Cheshire Cat are coloured.

Issued in display card. Royal Mint Product code: UK21AWBC. Issue limit and Maximum Coin Mintage: 15,000. Issue price: £20.00

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Five Pounds 2021 Alice in Wonderland: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerFfion Gwillim
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Thickness2.890 mm
Mass28.280 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-QLMD-OXGL
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 2021 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Coin
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 2021 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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