2017 £5 Crown

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Nine crowns have been issued in 2017, and it looks like it’ll probably stay at nine now! During the year they seemed to reveal a new one on an almost monthly basis. We got coins for: The 1000th anniversary of the coronation of King Canute and the centenary of the house of Windsor (those 2 were included in the 2017 year sets first sold in January). Then we got coins for the 65th Jubilee of the Queen’s accession, one to mark the service/retirement of Prince Philip, two coins based on silver bullion beasts – just for the sake of it, a remembrance coin with coloured poppies, a coin to mark the 60th wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip and last and quite possibly least – a Christmas tree coin in a Christmas card which I think is to commemorate Christmas, but I’m not entirely sure.

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

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 48 (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by Stephen Taylor):

Edge: Milled edge.

Mintage: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

There have been many previous coloured poppy themed coins struck in the names of the channel islands Jersey and Alderney. This is the first UK ‘Poppy’ coin, officially ‘The Remembrance Day 2017 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin’.

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

 

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

Obverse Type (conjoined bust designs by Etienne Miller):

Reverse Type (design by John Bergdahl):

Edge: Milled edge. The proof versions have edge lettering, details not yet known.

Mintage: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

To commemorate the Platinum Wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip. The wedding of the Queen and Prince Philip took place at Westminster Abbey on the 20th November 1947. This is the fourth crown struck to commemorate the Royal wedding (the others were struck for the 25th anniversary in 1972, for the 40th anniversary in 1997 and for the 50th anniversary in 2007). The earlier coins all had the distinction of being the only crown coins struck in those years – something not afforded to the Royal couple in 2017.

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 50 (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by Edwina Ellis):

Edge: Milled edge.

Mintage: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

Christmas is celebrated on the 25th December each year. Many people mark Christmas by displaying a Christmas tree. Some send each other cards with a pre-printed greetings message inside. This is a coin with a Christmas tree on it, sold in a pack with the coin mounted on the front of a Christmas card! Genius. The card contains the very politically correct phrase ‘Season’s Greetings’, printed in festive green.

 

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