Gold Five Ounces 2017 WW1 Centenary, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Gold Five Ounces 2017 WW1 Centenary, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinGold Five Ounces 2017 WW1 Centenary

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 £10 coin commemorates the First World War Centenary and is part of a five-year programme (this is the fourth year in which the series was issued).

The reverse features an original design by Philip Jackson, Royal Sculptor to Her Majesty The Queen. Having an internationally renowned reputation in memorial sculpture, Philip Jackson’s public works include the Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Parliament Square, the Korean War Monument in Westminster, the seven-figure Bomber Command Memorial statues in Green Park and the National Memorial Sculpture to Her Majesty The Queen Mother, which stands in The Mall.

The inspiration for the design of this coin comes from the Jackson’s years of study of First World War poetry. The poetry of Rudyard Kipling in particular has inspired the theme of remembrance expressed in the design; the poet was the founding member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a group that changed the way war casualties are commemorated.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounces 2017 WW1 Centenary - obverse photo

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 (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2017 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English and the year.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Gold Five Ounces 2017 WW1 Centenary - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a lone figure backed by a wreath of oak and laurel. The figure stands in a "rest on arms reverse" stance, a position traditionally taken by Honour Guard at services of remembrance and for military funerals; this conveys the collective mourning and loss of the nation.

There is no inscription. The artist's initials PJ (for Philip Jackson) are in the right field.

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Notes

This five ounce coin has two versions, one in silver and one in gold, both with ten pounds face value. The gold version was in a mahogany presentation box, accompanied by a booklet with imagery specially sourced by the Imperial War Museums. Royal Mint Product Code: UK17W1G5, issue price £9,595.00, issue limit 50.

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Gold Five Ounces 2017 WW1 Centenary: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeGold Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value500 (x Pound)
Total Mintage27
Mintage Limit50
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerPhilip Jackson
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.0000 mm
Mass156.2950 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-ARMA-EMDY
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