2005 £5 Crown

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Two commemorative crowns were issued in 2005, both related to the Napoleonic wars. The first honours Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was killed in 1805 during the battle of Trafalgar, which is commemorated by the second coin.

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 14:

Obverse Type (bust design by Ian Rank-Broadley):

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Reverse Type (design by James Butler):

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Edge: ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERYMAN TO DO HIS DUTY.

Mintage for Circulation: 1,075,516 (total for both 2005 £5 coins).

Collectability/Scarcity: 1 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

The obverse shows the Ian Rank-Broadley bust of the Queen. The reverse by James Butler shows a front facing bust of Horatio Nelson. Admiral Nelson was killed by a French sniper during the battle of Trafalgar.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/nelson_admiral_horatio_lord.shtml

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 15: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type (bust design by Ian Rank-Broadley):

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Reverse Type (design by Clive Duncan):

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Edge: Milled edge.

Mintage for Circulation: 1,075,516 (total for both 2005 £5 coins).

Collectability/Scarcity: 1 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

The obverse shows the Ian Rank-Broadley bust of the Queen. The reverse is by Clive Duncan and depicts a scene from the battle of Trafalgar, HMS Victory in the foreground and HMS Temeraire to the left. The battle of Trafalgar was a decisive British Victory over the fleet of French and Spanish ships. Admiral Nelson was killed. The Spanish Admiral died later of wounds sustained at the battle. The French Admiral was captured but as a prisoner of war, did actually attend the state funeral of his rival Admiral Nelson, in London.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trafalgar

 

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