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United Kingdom: Coin Five Pounds Gold 1990
CoinFive Pounds Gold 1990

Gold five pound coins are also known as "quintuple sovereigns", being of exactly the same design as the traditional British sovereign coin, but having five times their mass and gold content. In keeping with tradition, their denomination and value is not stated on the coin - that is, they are identical to the double sovereign, the sovereign and the fractional sovereign in all but size.

They are bullion coins (not intended for general circulation). From the 1984 issue, the Royal Mint started to place a letter "U" to the left of the date to denote Uncirculated versions of the five pound gold coins, as opposed to the proof versions. 2001 was the last date of the "Brilliant Uncirculated" gold five pounds to bear the "U" mark; after this date, the practice was discontinued.

It has to be noted that these coins are, in fact, of a grade somewhat higher than simply "Brilliant Uncirculated".

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse

Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a pearl necklace, facing right (effigy known as the "Third Portrait"); incuse in tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

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.

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

St George on horseback advancing to right wearing a helmet and cape and holding a sword; below the horse, the fallen dragon with lance in its side. Below the exergue line at right are the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci). In exergue, the date: 1990.

Brilliant Uncirculated coins have the letter U to the left of the date.

Reverse Inscription 1990
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage includes 1,226 Brilliant Uncirculated coins and 1,721 proofs in the four-coin Gold Sovereign Proof Sets of the year.

Krause lists the proof coins as having the uncouped portrait of the Queen, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Five Pounds Gold 1990: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage 1,721 (included in total)
Five Pounds Gold 1990: References to Information Used
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Royal Mint Mint link
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Regular and proof mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proof
All Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Five Pounds (Decimal, Gold) (39)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Pounds Gold 1980 10,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Five Pounds Gold 1981 5,400 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Five Pounds Gold 1982 2,500 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Five Pounds Gold 1984 16,009 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Five Pounds Gold 1985 19,756 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1986 7,723 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1987 5,694 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1988 3,315 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1989 500th Anniversary 10,694 Seated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1990 2,947 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1991 2,312 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1992 1,962 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1993 1,984 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1994 1,918 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1995 1,718 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1996 1,643 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1997 1,662 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Pounds Gold 1998 1,614 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 1999 1,961 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2000 11,994 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2001 2,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2002 Golden Jubilee 4,284 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2003 2,862 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2004 2,749 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2005 3,097 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2006 2,481 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2007 2,518 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2008 2,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2009 2,750 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2010 2,461 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2011 1,685 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2012 Diamond Jubilee 1,452 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2013 650 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2014 1,050 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2015 Fourth Portrait 1,116 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Pounds Gold 2015 Fifth Portrait 598 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Five Pounds Gold 2016 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Five Pounds Gold 2017 1,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Five Pounds Gold 2018 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Five Pounds Gold 1990: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFive Pounds (Decimal, Gold)
Issued1990
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
CurrentYes
Mintage2,947
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)36.0200
Mass (g)39.9400
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Five Pounds Gold 1990: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4251 (Proof), 4252 (BU)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 945, KM# 949 (Proof)