£5 Crown Coins

During the whole of the 20th century the large crown denomination was traditionally reserved for special use, e.g. coronations, jubilees etc. For actual everyday use the public has long preferred bank notes as a means to carry and pay for higher value items and for this reason the large and cumbersome Crown coins are rarely seen in use, even though they are technically legal tender and can be spent. The fact that they cannot be collected from circulation means that they are less collected than the 50p, £1 and £2 coins.

Upon decimalisation in 1971 the Crown coin, which had always been 5 Shillings, became it’s decimal equivalent, i.e. 25 pence. Crowns with 25p face value were issued in 1972, 1977, 1980 and 1981. See here for more details on those.

After a whole nine years of no new Crowns, it was decided that the 1990 Crown should be re-valued to an amount that better reflected its larger size and weight and thus the £5 Crown was born.

As of June 2018 there have been 57 £5 Crowns issued (plus quite a few proof only, not yet listed).

Details of all £5 coins are shown below:

1990 (1 coin – Queen Mother’s 90th)
1993 (1 coin – 40th anniversary of Coronation)
1996 (1 coin – Queen’s 70th birthday)
1997 (1 coin – Queen’s 40th wedding anniversary)
1998 (1 coin – 50th Birthday of Prince Charles)
1999 (2 coins – Princess Diana commemorative and 1999 dated Millennium coin)
2000 (2 coins – 2000 dated Millennium coin and Queen Mother’s 100th)
2001 (1 coin – Centenary of end of Victorian ers)
2002 (2 coin – 50th anniversary of accession to throne, and Queen Mother death)
2003 (1 coin – 50th anniversary of coronation)
2004 (1 coin – Entente Cordiale)
2005 (2 coins – Nelson and battle of Trafalgar)
2006 (1 coin – Queen’s 80th birthday)
2007 (1 coin – Queen’s 50th wedding anniversary
2008 (2 coins – Elizabeth I and 60th Birthday of Prince Charles)
2009 (2 coins – Henry VIII and Countdown ‘3’)
2009-2010 – There were 18 ‘Celebrations of Britain’ Crowns issued, all as proofs only. Not yet listed.
2010 (2 coins – Restoration of Monarchy and Countdown ‘2’)
2011 (3 coins – William Royal Wedding, Countdown ‘1’ and Prince Philip’s 90th)
2012 (4 coins – Countdown ‘0’, London Olympics x2, 50th anniversary of accession)
2013 (3 coins – 50th anniversary of coronation, Prince George x2)
2014 (2 coins – Queen Anne and Prince George 1st birthday)
2015 (6 coins – Churchill, Waterloo, Birth of Princess Charlotte, Longest reign and 2x silver proof only coins)
2016 (1 coin – Queen’s 90th birthday)
2017 (9 coins – Canute, House of Windsor, Queen’s Sapphire, Philip service, Queen’s Beasts x2, Remembrance, Queen’s Wedding, Christmas)
2018 (6 so far – Prince George’s 5th birthday, Four generations, another two beasts, Sapphire Anniversary and the Royal wedding.)

UK £5 Crown coin specifications:

Size: 38.61mm
Width: 2.89mm
Metal composition: Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
Weight: 28.28g

Comments

  1. Jean Thorburn
    30th July 2017

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    I have a £5 coin I received in 1990 for the queen mothers birthday is it worth any thing

    • CYC-Admin
      30th July 2017

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      Yes, at least £5. Some collect them but they aren’t a popular denomination (I suspect because people can’t find them in change and are therefore not exposed to them).

  2. herts coin collection
    3rd September 2017

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    Your 1990 Queen mother birthday coin if in mint condition then worth £7.00
    If not Mint condition £3 – £5 you may get more on eBay depending on bidders?

  3. Kieran
    3rd October 2017

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    There are two Sapphire Jubilee coins; one designed by Michael Guilfoyle and the other Glyn Davies.

  4. Nik Yeomans
    16th October 2017

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    We have seen the 25p ‘Crown’ become the £5 ‘Crown’ and now it has become an almost worthless and tacky item issued whenever a Royal sticks their head outside, at £13 a pop from the dear old Royal Mint. A Christmas coin is the last straw. This fine coin has lost all of it’s appeal in my eyes and I shall now stick to the £2 coin, which at least has some interesting subject matter.

    • CYC-Admin
      16th October 2017

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      8 different £5 crowns this year including the 2 beasts coins and the Christmas one. I also think it’s too many (even one a year is too many) and it has an adverse effect – no matter how much they try to big each one up, each is nothing special if they make 8 different ones in a year!

  5. Tammy jones
    19th October 2017

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    Is the 1996 £5 coin worth £5 or is it worth 25p

  6. Pat
    29th April 2018

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    I have found in my late husband coin collection. A five pound crown commemorating 60 wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
    Her head is on one side TDC 2007 five pounds. The flip side there are ? 6 what looks like wine glasses with long stems. One old and one new photo of the two of them.
    Thanks for help

    • CYC-Admin
      3rd May 2018

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      The key identifying feature is TDC Pat. It stands for Tristan Da Cuhna and is a tiny island with a population of about 200 people, who don’t really need coins. Lots of coins are made in their name and all of them tend to be very gimmicky and often they masquerade as (or rather, enjoy being confused for) regular UK £5 coins.

  7. Linda Wells
    1st May 2018

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    I have £6.50 in £5 coins. Wahoo. 😀

  8. Tammie Faulkner
    7th May 2018

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    I have a Golden Britannia Penny fully layered with pure 24 carat gold is accented in red, white & blue, a St George & the Dragon gold plated £5 coin & 2 gold coloured 2012 half crowns, 1 states the jubilee monarch, the other states the 1953 coronation. Can anyone confirm how much each of these coins are now worth? All 4 coins are in mint condition & still in their cases.

    • CYC-Admin
      8th May 2018

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      They were never officially made like that. Basically a company has sourced those coins (which are all cheap and readily available) and have then plated them/coloured them, printed their own ‘certificates’ and had boxes made for them in order to sell them quite expensively, even though technically as coins they are ruined. I think people do buy them second hand as colourful gimmicky items, but generally not for huge amounts (and nowhere near what they tend to have been sold for new).

  9. Shannon
    31st May 2018

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    I have a 2004 entente cordiale 5 pound coin and a 1953 – 1993 40th aniversary 5 pound coin. How much are each of these worth and can i exchange them st the bank?

    • CYC-Admin
      31st May 2018

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      It depends on the bank and the mood of the cashier. You can potentially but it’s not always easy and often requires a discussion! Both should be worth a little more than face value if you can find the right buyer (and especially if they are in perfect condition).

  10. Ian
    25th June 2018

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    Hi, What about the 2018 Royal Academy for the Arts £5?
    Yes I know another £13 quid to the royal mint and that make 7 £5 coins this year and its only July!

    • CYC-Admin
      25th June 2018

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      I’ve decided not to include that one while only generally available as a silver proof coin. The base metal version is available from one private seller of coins (who seem to have either bought the lot or have done some kind of exclusive deal with the Royal Mint – either way, I disagree with that business practice). I suspect the Royal Mint will offer it soon. And yes, 7 £5 coins in the first six months of 2018 – I don’t think that’s going to improve the popularity of £5 coins!

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