Five Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee

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 with different designs, as a celebration for major events (usually Royal in nature)..

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.

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the reverse features a rare departure from Pistrucci's classic interpretation. For the 2012 Sovereign coin, the Royal Mint launched a competition to find a new design. The Royal Mint Advisory Committee eventually selected a design by the British sculptor Paul Day.

“I have chosen to opt for a romantic version of the St George and the dragon theme,” said Paul, “a medieval knight of Arthurian legend rather than a classical hero. I have given the dragon a more threatening attitude and size, so that it represents a real menace and not a weak foe.”

Paul deliberately left very little empty space, making the reverse as engaging as possible and very different from the obverse. As he says, “I have always been attracted to detail which requires a closer look to be unpicked and fully understood.”

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,452
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee - obverse photo

The obverse of the coins shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her 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 small 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
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee - reverse photo

The reverse shows St George as the slayer of the dragon; in Medieval knight's armour and on horseback, he is shown driving the point of his lance into the head of a menacing dragon.

The date 2012 is around left.

The artist's initials PJD (for Paul Day) are in the right field, below the horse's hoof.

Reverse Inscription 2012
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage includes 496 Brilliant Uncirculated coins and 956 proofs in the five-coin Gold Sovereign Proof Sets of the year.

Five Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee: Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Five Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Five Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 956 (included in total)
Five Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee: References to Information Used
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All (44) coins of 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 Queen Elizabeth II - 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 1,207 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 ·
Five Sovereigns 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF ·
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Five Sovereigns 2012 Diamond Jubilee: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFive Sovereigns, One year types (Decimal)
Issued2012
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseSt George the Dragon-Slayer
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Total Mintage1,452
CurrentYes
Material0.917 Gold
DesignerPaul Day
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size36.020 mm
Mass39.940 g
OCC IDNXYD-ONZC-WWWK-OVRB
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