|Coin||Silver Jubilee Crown, 1977|
This crown coin was issued to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II - the 25 Anniversary of her accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms.
Both sides (the reverse and the Queen's portrait on the obverse) were designed by Arnold Machin.
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.
||Mint Mark||No mint mark
||Total Mintage||37,254,960 (37.3 million)
Equestrian effigy (riding a horse, to left) of Queen Elizabeth II within (and partly breaking out of) a beaded circle. All around, the monarch's legend ELIZABETH · II DG · REG FD·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.
Below, separated from the legend by two floral sprigs, the date 1977.
Within a circle at centre, the Ampulla (having a figure of a bird with open wings) and the Anointing Spoon - objects used during the Coronation ceremony; this is encircled by a floral border to the edge of the coin; above the circle, the Royal Crown.
There are no inscriptions.
Mintage comprised of:
37,061,160 circulation grade coins (probably incl. those released in presentation folder), plus
Off-metal strikes (silver) not included.
Due to the official face value (which is not shown anywhere on the coin), some catalogues list it as "25 New Pence".