The Royal Mint have announced that the traditional £5 gold piece, equal in weight to five one-sovereign coins – will be made available in a strictly limited mintage of just 1000 pieces.
The £5 gold piece, not to be confused with the newer gold version £5 crowns, first made its appearance in British coin of the realm during the reign of King George III in 1820 as a pattern piece along with the double sovereign. Since then, each British Monarch with the exception of King William IV has had this, the highest traditional denomination gold coin minted during their reign either as presentation pieces of for actual currency use, more notably during the reign of Queen Victoria. This very gold coin was also used in 1839 to issue the now infamous “Una and the Lion” coin celebrating the coronation of Queen Victoria the same year.
One of the rarest £5 gold pieces was minted in 1936 – dated 1937 for the expected reign and coronation of King Edward VIII who abdicated later in the year in order to marry Wallis Simpson. More recent £5 gold pieces were minted in 1980 after a 43 year hiatus when the Royal Mint issued a four coin gold set consisting of the £5 gold, the double-sovereign, the sovereign and half sovereign. £5 gold pieces with only a limited number reverse designs have been issued since that year.
The 2014 dated piece bears the classical design, St George defeating the dragon in a scene captured with such mastery by Benedetto Pistrucci, one of the most famous engravers to have served. The obverse carries the very familiar and detailed portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as created by Ian Rank-Broadley and in use on British circulation and many commemorative coins since 1998.
|£5 piece||.917 gold||39.94 grams||36 mm.||BU||1000 pieces|
The coin is presented in an elegant display case complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The Royal mint are issuing this Five Pound gold Piece 2014 struck to this standard as an individual coin and is not included in any set. With just 1,000 coins to be struck an early order is highly recommended.
For more information on pre-ordering this item and other sovereign products, please visit this section of the Royal Mint website. Information offered in English – international orders dispatched.