2017 £5 Crown

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Six crowns have been issued in 2017 so far. It looks like there will be a seventh Christmas themed coin coming later in the year.

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 have ‘CHRISTENING OF A DYNASTY’.

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

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 44 (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by Glyn Davies):

Edge: Milled edge. The proof versions have ‘SHINE THROUGH THE AGES’.

Mintage: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

On the 6th February 2017, the 65th anniversary of her father’s death, the Queen marked her ‘blue sapphire’ Jubilee. No other British monarch has ever reached the milestone of spending 65 years on the throne.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/28/blue-sapphire-jubilee-queen-will-not-celebrate-65th-anniversary/

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 45 (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by Thomas Humphrey Paget):

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:

Commemorative coin to mark the retirement and previous service of Prince Philip, after nearly 65 years of Royal service and aged 96. The reverse design is a re-cycled older bust of the younger Prince by the late Thomas Humphrey Paget. There is no date on the reverse side, so this has been incorporated into the obverse legend and the ‘FID.DEF’ has been abbreviated to ‘F.D’.

https://www.royal.uk/the-duke-of-edinburgh

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 46 (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 Lion of England. One of the “Queen’s Beasts” series of coins, which were originally silver bullion and silver proof issues only, 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 1 of 10) were originally put on display for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

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

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 47 (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 Unicorn of Scotland. 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 2 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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