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The British crown, the successor to the English crown and the Scottish dollar, came into being with the Union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland in 1707. As with the English coin, its value was five shillings.
Following the death of the great man, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, in 1965, a commemorative crown was issued in his honour and memory. This issue carried the image of Winston Churchill on the reverse, the first time a non-monarch or commoner was ever placed on a British coin.
First portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing a wreath. It was introduced in 1953, one year after the Queen acceded to the throne. It captures the grace and youth of the 26 year old new Queen. Her hair is brushed off her face and is rolled at the back of her head. Her hair is restrained by a laureate crown which is tied with ribbons at the back of her head. The Queen's shoulders are bare and the truncation follows the curve of the coin. The engravers initials M.G. are incuse, generally faint, and are located on the raised edge found at the base of the bust above the “BR” of BRITT.
ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F·D· 1965
A sombre-looking portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, in a siren suit facing right.
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