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