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Coin: Five Pounds Gold 1989 500th Anniversary
Description

1989 gold bullion coins did not use the traditional St. George and Dragon reverse design. Instead to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first gold sovereign for Henry VII in 1489, the designs chosen for both sides of the 1989 gold coins reflected the sovereign designs originally used five centuries ago. Very few coins or currencies can boast such lengthy service.

The original sovereigns were intended to be used as a symbol of Britain's importance and wealth, to impress the rest of Europe.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value5 (x Pound) TypeFive Pounds (Decimal, Gold)
Year1989 CurrentYes
Mintage10,694 (10694)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 10,694 (10694)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBernard R. Sindall
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigySeated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)36.0200 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)39.9400
Obverse

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, seated enthroned, facing forward; around, the monarch's legend ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

The entire design, including the style of the lettering, is inspired by the original 1489 sovereigns.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Reverse

A crowned shield at the centre of a Tudor rose; around, ANNIVERSARY · OF · THE · GOLD · SOVEREIGN · 1489 · 1989. Again this design, and the lettering, are in a style similar to that on the very first gold sovereign issues.

Reverse inscriptionANNIVERSARY · OF · THE · GOLD · SOVEREIGN · 1489 · 1989
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage includes 5,000 coins in the Sovereign Anniversary Gold Proof Set and 5,694 brilliant uncirculated coins distributed separately.

Five Pounds Gold 1989 500th Anniversary: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof 5,000 (included in main number)
Five Pounds Gold 1989 500th Anniversary: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4253
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 958
Five Pounds Gold 1989 500th Anniversary: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint Mint link
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Regular and circulation mintage
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