Description

The 1996 Five Pound piece is a crown sized coin, struck in three different metals (cupronickel, silver and gold) and a total of five different variations. It marks the occasion of the 70th birthday of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. She has reigned through various wars and conflicts involving many of her realms. Times of personal significance have included the births and marriages of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, her coronation in 1953, and the celebration of milestones such as her Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002, and 2012, respectively.

Obverse

Third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewellery has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

ELIZABETH·II·DEI·GRATIA·REGINA·F·D
RDM
· FIVE POUNDS ·

Reverse

Windsor Castle, her Royal residence in Berkshire, forms a fitting backdrop to the Royal Standard, the Union Flag, and the Queen's personal flag. The two accompanying pennants bear the anniversary dates 1926 and 1996.

Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. It is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and for its architecture. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Since the time of Henry I, it has been used by the reigning monarch and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Inside the castle walls is the 15th-century St George's Chapel, considered by the historian John Martin Robinson to be "one of the supreme achievements of English Perpendicular Gothic" design.

Engraver: Avril Vaughan

1926
E
1996

Edge

The edge inscription VIVAT REGINA ELIZABETHA, besides wishing the Queen a long life, recalls the anthem sung at her Coronation more than forty years ago.

+ VIVAT REGINA ELIZABETHA +

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 28.28 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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