2017 £5 Crown

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Two crowns have been issued in early 2017. I’m not sure if more are to come.

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 42 (info on coin type numbers here):

Obverse Type (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark):

Reverse Type (design by Lee R. Jones):

Edge: Milled edge. The proof versions probably have edge lettering, details not yet known.

 

Mintage: Not yet known.

Collectability/Scarcity: 2 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

Issued to mark the 1000th anniversary of the coronation of King Canute the Great (often written as ‘Cnut’). King Canute also ruled over Denmark, Norway and part of Sweden. Legend has it that he once commanded the tide to go out and when didn’t work, said “All men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws”. He then removed his gold crown and never wore it again.

http://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/vikings_2.htm

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 43 (info on coin type numbers here):

Obverse Type (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark):

Reverse Type (design by Timothy Noad):

Edge: Milled edge. The proof versions probably have edge lettering, details not yet known.

Mintage: Not yet known.

Collectability/Scarcity: 2 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

During WWI King George V decided that the name of the Royal House, the very German sounding ‘Saxe-Coburg-Gotha’ may not have been doing his PR any favours, at a time when Britain was in the middle of the biggest war in human history, against (mainly) the Germans. Something a lot more English sounding was the order of the day. By proclamation in July 1917 the House of Windsor was established. At about the same time a lot of the Royal Family’s German titles were dropped and the rest were fully anglicised. In the years following, the King also stripped 15 of his German relations of their British titles.

https://www.royal.uk/house-windsor

 

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