Gold Five Ounces 2016 Shakespeare, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Five Ounces 2016 Shakespeare, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Five Ounces 2016 Shakespeare

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The five ounces (5 oz) gold coins are denominated as either ten pounds (£10) or five hundred pounds (£500).

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

This commemorative 5 oz gold proof coin marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare.

On the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, The Royal Mint has commissioned a range of coins celebrating the man and his work. For the prestigious five-ounce coin, Tom Phillips RA has created a portrait of Shakespeare that can only be found on this coin, the largest in the range. Struck in 999.9 fine gold, this is an impressive coin and a tribute to a giant of British culture.

Designed by Tom Phillips, the reverse was inspired by the best-known portrait of William Shakespeare, an engraving that appears in the famous First Folio of his plays. The design is finished with the quotation "Put money in thy purse", chosen by the artist from Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello.

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Obverse
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The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounces 2016 Shakespeare - reverse photo

Within a central circle, a portrait of William Shakespeare; in the right field, on two lines, OTHELLO ACT 1 SC.3 - citing the quote which is the inscription above, around the rim of the coin: PUT MONEY IN THY PURSE.

Below, the date of issue · 2016 ·.

Reverse Inscription PUT MONEY IN THY PURSE · 2016 ·
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Notes

There are two 5oz coins, one in silver and one in gold, both with face value of 10 pounds.

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Gold Five Ounces 2016 Shakespeare: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value500 (x Pound)
Total Mintage50
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerTom Phillips
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass156.300 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-XWLD-EYPL
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