2018 £5 Crown

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The Royal Mint seem to enjoy churning out various £5 crown coins. As if it were some kind of race to keep up with the other crowns that are peddled in the name of UK territories and other tiny nations. There is a Crown to mark the 5th birthday of Prince George (the poor young man hasn’t started ‘big school’ yet and has already had 5 coins made to ‘commemorate’ him), another three Queen’s Beasts bullion coins have been turned into a base metal crowns, a coin to mark four generations of the Royal Family has been released (featuring a ‘G’ for George) plus there is one to mark the Queen’s ‘Sapphire’ coronation jubilee, one for the Royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, a re-worked spontaneous 2018 dated version of the Lion of England coin because England did better than expected in the World Cup…. another Remembrance themed coin, one for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday and a Christmas Nutcracker coin.

There was also a coin to mark the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts, but this one wasn’t made generally available in base metal form (but can now be sourced second-hand fairly easily).

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

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

Reverse Type (design by Jody Clark):

Edge: Milled edge on all versions.

Mintage: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

A nicely executed interpretation of Saint George to commemorate his namesake, the young Prince George. If you ever read this Prince George, please ask them to stop making random coins to commemorate you – perhaps at least until you have achieved something that could be judged as warranting a special coin! Until such a time, enjoy your childhood and may you grow up happy and healthy.

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 50 (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 a plain edge.

Mintage: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

Not really sure what to make of this one. There have been four generations of the Royal Family for a few years now, so technically it doesn’t actually mark anything new. No disrespect to the designer, but it’s also one of the most boring coins I’ve ever seen.

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type Dragon of Wales (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 Dragon of Wales. 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 3 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 Black Bull of Clarence (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 Black Bull of Clarence. See notes for coin above. The ten heraldic Queen’s beasts (this one is 4 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 51 (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by Stephen Taylor):

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:

To mark the Sapphire anniversary of the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

https://www.royal.uk/50-facts-about-queens-coronation-0

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 52 (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by (Mr) Jody Clark):

Edge: Milled edge. The proof versions have a plain edge.

Mintage: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

To mark the Royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on the 19th May 2018.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/967170/meghan-markle-prince-harry-royal-wedding-2018-how-to-watch-royal-wedding-again

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type Lion of England dated 2018 (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by (Mr) Jody Clark, dated 2018):

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! This one, dated 2018 doesn’t actually make much sense within the series, apart from in being England related and because the Royal Mint decided to produce it to cash-in on the success of the England football team in the World Cup. The ten heraldic Queen’s beasts were originally put on display for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 53 (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by Laura Clancy):

Edge: Milled edge.

Mintage: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

The second Royal Mint UK £5 crown to mark Remembrance day. I have a feeling there will be a different one of these issued every year. Significantly, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 54 (info on coin type numbers here):

Obverse Type (dated 2018, bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark):

Reverse Type (design by Robert Elderton):

Edge: Milled edge. The proof versions have a plain edge.

Mintage: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

To mark the 70th birthday of HRH the Prince of Wales. If you don’t know the Prince of Wales, this is him, here:

https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type Academy of Arts (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by Sir David Chipperfield RA):

Edge: Milled edge.

Mintage: Not yet known.

Collectability/Scarcity: 3 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

The Royal Academy of Arts was established 250 years ago in 1768. The building on the coin is Burlington House, the home of the Royal Academy. https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

 

Commemorative £5 Coin, Type 55 (info on coin type numbers here):

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

Reverse Type (design by Harry Brockway):

Edge: Milled edge.

Mintage: Not yet known.

Collectability/Scarcity: 3 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

The second Royal Mint Christmas themed coin. A third for 2019 was intended, but never appeared.

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