Five Sovereigns 1981 (Proof only), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Sovereigns 1981 (Proof only), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Sovereigns 1981 (Proof only)

The sovereign is a gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling. Struck from 1817 until the present time, it was originally a circulating coin (see pre-decimal Sovereign) accepted in Britain and elsewhere in the world; it is now a bullion coin not intended for circulation, the intrinsic value of which is much higher than its face value.

In most recent years, it has borne on the reverse Benedetto Pistrucci's design of Saint George and the Dragon, created in 1817. Occasionally, the Royal Mint also releases one-year types.

There are several denominations of the Sovereign: Five Sovereigns (Quintuple Sovereign, five pounds gold), Double Sovereign, Full Sovereign, Half Sovereign and Quarter Sovereign; the current five sovereign piece - with face value of £5 is a continuation of the pre-decimal gold five pounds, and has been issued as a decimal coin since 1980.

The designs of all denominations are identical, as - according to tradition - this type of coin has never had its value and denomination spelled out anywhere on the coin. The various denominations are normally only distinguished by size and weight, these being exactly in proportion to their face value; however, five pound pieces issued after 2009 are an exception in that they have the designer's full name PISTRUCCI in the exergue and not just his initials.

Since 1817, the composition has always been 22 carat (91.7%) gold.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,400
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Sovereigns 1981 (Proof only) - obverse photo

Crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin).

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 Rank-Broadley and the Gottwald portraits.

Around, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Sovereigns 1981 (Proof only) - reverse photo

The reverse depicts, within a beaded border, an illustration of the legend of St George as the slayer of the dragon.

St George is on horseback, advancing to right, wearing a helmet and chlamys (cape, or cloak) fastened in front by a fibula, and holding a sword. His left hand clutches the rein of the horse's bridle, and he does not wear armour, other than on his lower legs and feet, with his toes bare. The saint's horse appears to be half attacking, half shrinking from the dragon, which lies wounded by George's spear and in the throes of death. The point of a spear is broken off in the dragon’s side; the shaft lays on the ground behind the horse.

In exergue, the date: 1981.

Below the exergue line at right are the artist's initials B.P. (for Benedetto Pistrucci).

Reverse Inscription 1981
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
The United Kingdom Proof Coin Collection 1981, mintage unknown
9 coins: Five Sovereigns, Full Sovereign, Royal Wedding Crown - Silver Proof, Fifty New Pence, Ten New Pence, Five New Pence, Two New Pence, One New Penny, Half New Penny
Five Sovereigns 1981 (Proof only): References to Information Used
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Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage
All (43) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Five Sovereigns (Decimal)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Five Sovereigns 1980 (Proof only) 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Five Sovereigns 1981 (Proof only) 5,400 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Five Sovereigns 1982 (Proof only) 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Five Sovereigns 1984 23,104 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Five Sovereigns 1985 19,756 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1986 7,723 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1987 5,694 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1988 3,315 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1989 500th Anniversary 10,694 Seated on Throne, by Bernard Sindall ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF ·
Five Sovereigns 1990 2,947 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1991 2,312 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1992 1,962 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1993 1,984 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1994 1,918 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1995 1,718 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1996 1,643 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1997 1,662 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D
Five Sovereigns 1998 1,614 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 1999 1,961 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2000 1,994 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2001 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2002 Golden Jubilee 4,370 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2003 2,862 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2004 2,749 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2005 3,097 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2006 2,481 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2007 2,518 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2008 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2009 2,750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2010 2,461 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2011 1,685 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee 1,452 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2013 650 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2014 1,050 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 1,116 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 598 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Five Sovereigns 2016 (Fifth Portrait) 996 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Five Sovereigns 2016 90th Birthday Portrait 575 Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF
Five Sovereigns 2017 Garter 1,741 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Five Sovereigns 2018 Sapphire Jubilee unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Five Sovereigns 2019 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Five Sovereigns 2020 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
Five Sovereigns 2021 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
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Five Sovereigns 1981 (Proof only): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFive Sovereigns, St George (Decimal)
Issued1981
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
ReverseSt George the Dragon-Slayer
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage5,400
CurrentYes
Material0.917 Gold
DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size36.020 mm
Mass39.940 g
OCC IDYAPV-ZOYR-CVKB-ELMD
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Five Sovereigns 1981 (Proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomSE1 (was 4201)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 924