2018 £5 Crown

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The Royal Mint seem to enjoy churning out various crowns during the year – as if it were some kind of race to keep up with the other crowns that are peddled in the name of UK territories and other tiny nations – so I have a feeling there will be more to come in 2018! So far (in early February) there is a Crown to mark the 5th birthday of Prince George (the poor young man hasn’t started ‘big school’ yet and has already had 5 coins made to ‘commemorate’ him), another Queen’s Beasts bullion coin has been turned into a base metal crown and just recently a coin to mark four generations of the Royal Family has been released (which includes a ‘G’ for George).

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 49 (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by Jody Clark):

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:

A nicely executed interpretation of Saint George to commemorate his namesake, the young Prince George. If you ever read this Prince George, please ask them to stop making random coins to commemorate you – perhaps at least until you have achieved something that could be judged as warranting a special coin! Until such a time, enjoy your childhood and may you grow up happy and healthy.

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 50 (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:

Not really sure what to make of this one. There have been four generations of the Royal Family for a few years now, so technically it doesn’t actually mark anything new. No disrespect to the designer, but it’s also one of the most boring coins I’ve ever seen.

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type Dragon of Wales (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by (Mr) Jody Clark):

Edge: Milled edge.

Mintage: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

The Dragon of Wales. One of the “Queen’s Beasts” series of coins, which were originally silver bullion and silver proof issues, until they decided to also launch them in cupro-nickel £5 crown format. The coins actually don’t really commemorate anything! The ten heraldic Queen’s beasts (this one is 3 of 10) were originally put on display for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Queen%27s_Beasts

 

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