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Description

The five dollar coin is the second-highest denomination coin of the Hong Kong dollar. This coin replaced the five dollar banknotes in 1976.

Obverse

Second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara was a wedding present in 1947 from her grandmother, Queen Mary, who received it as a gift from the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland in 1893 on the occasion of her marriage to the Duke of York, later George V. Made by E. Wolfe & Co., it was purchased from Garrard & Co. by a committee organised by Lady Eve Greville. In 1914, Mary adapted the tiara to take 13 diamonds in place of the large oriental pearls surmounting the tiara. At first, Elizabeth wore the tiara without its base and pearls but the base was reattached in 1969. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara is one of Elizabeth's most recognisable pieces of jewellery due to its widespread use on British banknotes and coinage.

Engraver: Arnold Machin

QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND

Reverse

A crowned lion and the year of minting, as well as the country's name and the coin's denomination in both English and Chinese. Crowned British lion holding a pearl is the Crest of Coat of Arms of Colonial (British) Hong Kong.

HONG KONG
1978
FIVE DOLLARS

Edge

5 Dollars

2nd portrait
KM# 39
Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 10.76 g
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 2.08 mm
Shape polygon
Sides 10
Alignment Medal

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