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Coin: Five Pounds Gold 2000

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".

In 2000, there were also ordinary uncirculated coins not carrying the U mark, which are considered regular bullion coins.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value5 (x Pound) TypeFive Pounds (Decimal, Gold)
Year2000 CurrentYes
Mintage11,994 (11994)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 11,994 (11994)
Material0.9167 Gold DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)36.0200 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)39.9400

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF

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: 2000.

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

Reverse inscription2000
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone

Mintage includes 10,000 bullion type coins, 994 Brilliant Uncirculated coins and 1,000 proofs in the four-coin Gold Sovereign Proof Sets of the year.

Five Pounds Gold 2000: Known varieties
Proof 1,000
Brilliant Uncirculated 994 (included in main number)
Five Pounds Gold 2000: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4400 (Proof and Bullion), 4410 (BU)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1003
Five Pounds Gold 2000: References to Information Used
Royal Mint Mint link
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage
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