2001 Victorian Anniversary Gold Proof Five Pounds

£1,795.00

The gold £5 crown is made of 22 carat gold, and weighs 39.94 grams. It has a diameter of 38.61mm.

Only 2,098 2001 Victorian Anniversary gold proof five pounds pieces were issued by the Royal Mint.

Description

The 2001 Victorian Anniversary Gold Proof Five Pounds Piece (£5) was issued by the Royal Mint to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria.

The reverse design features a classic portrait of the young Queen Victoria based on the Penny Black postage stamp wIth a ‘V’ representing Victoria, and taking the form of railway lines and in the background the iron framework of the Crystal Palace (Designed by Mary Milner-Dickens).

Queen Elizabeth II’s fourth portrait can be seen on the obverse of the coin (Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley).

The gold £5 crown is made of 22 carat gold, and weighs 39.94 grams. It has a diameter of 38.61mm, and is housed in its original Royal Mint acrylic capsule. The coin is presented in its Royal Mint green velvet case, complete with outer card sleeve, accompanied with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.

Only 2,098 2001 Victorian Anniversary gold proof five pounds pieces were issued by the Royal Mint.

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The first gold five pound piece (£5) was issued during the reign of King George III in 1820. It was not issued as a circulation piece, but for the collectors market only. Gold five pounds pieces were also issued in 1826 and 1839 as part of a proof coin set. It wasn’t until 1887 when a gold five pounds piece was issued for circulation purposes.

There are two basic kinds of gold five pounds coin: the gold £5 (quintuple sovereign) type and the gold Crown. They are both made of 22 carat gold, and weigh exactly the same (39.94 grams). The diameter of the gold crown is slightly larger than the £5 piece.

Gold proof crowns have been issued since 1990, and usually feature a commemorative scene. For example, the 1990 gold proof crown commemorated the Queen Mothers 90th birthday.

 

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