Silver Jubilee Crown, 1977, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Jubilee Crown, 1977, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver 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.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage37,254,960 (37.3 million)
United Kingdom / Silver Jubilee Crown, 1977 - obverse photo

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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II DG · REG FD 1977
United Kingdom / Silver Jubilee Crown, 1977 - reverse photo

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.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Mintage comprised of:
37,061,160 circulation grade coins (probably incl. those released in presentation folder), plus
193,800 proofs.
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".

Silver Jubilee Crown, 1977: Known varieties
Variety Specimen in presentation folder
Mintage unknown
Variety Proof
Mintage 193,800 (included in total)
In Set Coinage of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1977, mintage 193,800
7 coins: Silver Jubilee Crown, Fifty New Pence, Ten New Pence, Five New Pence, Two New Pence, One New Penny, Half New Penny
Variety Silver Proof
Mintage 377,000
Material0.925 Silver

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

Silver Jubilee Crown, 1977: References to Information Used
Royal Mint Mintage link
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Silver Jubilee Crown, 1977: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeCrown (25 Pence)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyEquestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
Face Value25 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage37,061,160 (37.1 million)
Total Mintage37,254,960 (37.3 million)
DesignerArnold Machin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.6100
Thickness (mm)2.5000
Mass (g)28.2800
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Silver Jubilee Crown, 1977: Photos
Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 25 New Pence, 1977
Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 25 New Pence, 1977
Silver Jubilee Crown, 1977: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomLL2 (was 4227)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 920, KM# 920a (Silver)