Queen Mother 80th Birthday Crown, 1980, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Queen Mother 80th Birthday Crown, 1980, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinQueen Mother 80th Birthday Crown, 1980

This crown coin was issued to celebrate the eightieth birthday of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (the mother of Queen Elizabeth II) on 4th August 1980.

At the time of decimalisation in 1971, the United Kingdom Crown coin (equal to 5 shillings) was redenominated as a 25p coin and pieces struck prior to 1990 - all the way back to 1818 - continue to be legal tender for that amount. The old denomination had been a regular circulating coin in the 19th century, but in the 20th century it became more of a commemorative denomination.

The Royal Mint continued issuing commemorative coins in the same format - using the traditional coin dimensions, but in copper-nickel just as the last pre-decimal crowns had been, also denominated as 25 pence.

Although not circulating, these coins are legal tender for 25 pence, but contrary to popular belief this does not mean that banks and retailers automatically have to accept them. In the United Kingdom, they are accepted by Royal Mail post offices.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage9,306,000 (9.3 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Queen Mother 80th Birthday Crown, 1980 - 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 D · G · REG · F · D ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Queen Mother 80th Birthday Crown, 1980 - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin, designed by Professor Richard Guyatt, features within a beaded circle the portrait of the Queen Mother facing to the left, surrounded by a radiating pattern of bows and rampant (upright) lions - a pun on her maiden name Bowes-Lyon.

Around above, the inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER; around below, the date AUGUST 4th 1980.

Reverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER AUGUST 4th 1980
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage figure of 9,306,000 circulation grade coins probably includes those released in a presentation folder).

Due to the official face value (which is not shown anywhere on the coin), some catalogues list it as "25 New Pence".

Queen Mother 80th Birthday Crown, 1980: Known varieties
Variety Specimen in presentation folder
Mintage Issued: unknown
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 83,672
Material0.925 Silver
Details

28.28 g., Sterling Silver, 0.8409 oz. ASW, 38.61 mm.

Queen Mother 80th Birthday Crown, 1980: References to Information Used
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Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Silver Proof mintage
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Queen Mother 80th Birthday Crown, 1980: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeCrown (25 Pence)
Issued1980
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
Face Value25 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage9,306,000 (9.3 million)
Total Mintage9,306,000 (9.3 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerRichard Guyatt
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass28.280 g
OCC IDKLBR-PERR-CDNV-EMNY
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Queen Mother 80th Birthday Crown, 1980: Photos
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Coin, Great Britain, 25 New Pence, 1980
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Coin, Great Britain, 25 New Pence, 1980
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Queen Mother 80th Birthday Crown, 1980: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomLL3 (was 4228)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 921, KM# 921a (Silver)