2015 £5 Crown

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Quite a handful of £5 coins were issued in 2015. Six in total. One to mark 50 years since the death of Sir Winston Churchill, another to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, one for the birth of Princess Charlotte, one to mark the longest reigning monarch and in silver proof only: a coin to mark the christening of Princess Charlotte and one to mark the 2nd birthday of Prince George.

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 35 (info on coin type numbers here):

Obverse Type (bust design by Ian Rank-Broadley, dated 2015):

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Reverse Type (design by Mark Richards):

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Edge: Milled edge. The proof versions have ‘NEVER FLINCH, NEVER WEARY, NEVER DESPAIR’.

 

Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

Collectability/Scarcity: 2 (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 Mark Richards and shows Winston Churchill facing. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill died on the 24th January 1965:

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

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 36 (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type (bust design by Ian Rank-Broadley, dated 2015):

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Reverse Type (design by David Lawrence):

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Edge: Milled edge. The proof versions have ‘THE NEAREST RUN THING YOU EVER SAW’.

Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

The obverse shows the Ian Rank-Broadley bust of the Queen. The reverse by David Lawrence shows the Duke of Wellington shaking hands with his ally, the German field marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. The battle of Waterloo, in Belgium, was a decisive victory for the two men:

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

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 37 (info on coin type numbers here)

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

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Reverse Type (design by John Bergdahl):

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Edge: Milled edge.

Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

The first crown coin with the new Jody Clark fifth portrait. This coin marks the birth of Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s second child Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, born on May 2nd 2015. The Royal Mint clearly couldn’t waste a profit making opportunity to produce a new coin and as a result this coin doesn’t feature the name ‘Charlotte’ as this wasn’t known at the time.

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 38 (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type (bust design by James Butler):

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Reverse Type (design by James Butler):

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Edge: LONG TO REIGN OVER US (on the precious metal proofs).

Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

To mark the longest reign of a British Monarch designs by James Butler were used for both the obverse and the reverse. Oddly, this coin has ‘FIVE POUNDS’ on the obverse and ‘ONE CROWN’ on the reverse. It shows the dates 1952 and 2015. Queen Elizabeth II overtook Queen Victoria to become the longest serving British monarch on September 9th 2015.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/11845550/Queen-to-make-rare-public-speech-on-day-she-overtakes-Victoria-as-longest-reigning-monarch.html

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 39 (info on coin type numbers here)

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

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Reverse Type (design by John Bergdahl):

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Edge: Milled edge.

Mintage for Circulation: None. This coin was sold as a cased silver proof only with a max. mintage of 4,500.

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

The story behind the design:

Once the name of the Royal baby was known the Royal Mint released this coin to mark the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 40 (info on coin type numbers here)

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

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Reverse Type (design by Christopher Le Brun):

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Edge: Milled edge.

Mintage for Circulation: None. This coin was sold as a cased silver proof only with a max. mintage of 7,500.

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

The story behind the design:

To mark the 2nd birthday of Prince George of Cambridge. The child is only two years old and already four commemorative UK crowns have been made to mark his short life. A little excessive perhaps? Even bordering on exploitation?

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