1965 Crown – Churchill


The 1965 Crown - Churchill

Winston Churchill died in 1965 aged 90 year old. A crown was issued to commemorate the life of the great statesman, who was twice Prime Minister of the UK.

The Reverse shows an image of Churchill, wearing an open necked shirt, facing right and simply the name: CHURCHILL.

The Obverse shows a Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II by Mary Gillick.

Images used by permission of Museums Victoria.


Mintage: 19,640,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1965 ?
Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. Prime Minister is Harold Wilson (Labour). US President is Lyndon B. Johnson. Sir Winston Churchill dies aged 90 and has a State funeral in London attended by representatives of 112 countries. First Asda Supermarket opens. First episode of 'Thunderbirds'. Mary Quant introduces the miniskirt.
Elizabeth II (1952-Present)
Queen Elizabeth II is the current and longest reigning monarch ever. Born on 21 April 1926 to King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she became Queen in 1952 and her Coronation was on 2 June 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II has issued many coins and was monarch during decimalisation.
General Description: Crowns
The Crown is a very old coin, with origins dating back to Henry VIII. The English Crown first appeared in 1526. It was made of 22 carat gold ("crown gold") and has a value of five shillings (a quarter of a pound).

By 1551, silver was being used to produce crowns, although gold was sometimes still used. The silver crown was quite large, being about 38mm and weighing about one ounce. Around that time many Europeans countries had similar sized silver coins which made them good for international trade as they were essentially interchangeable.

The metal used was 92.5% silver and the rest copper so as to make the coin harder. This hardness, together with a milled edge, made 'clipping' (which was cutting slices off the edge to steal some free silver) more difficult.

After the Union of England and Scotland in 1707 a new coin, the British Crown, replaced the English Crown and Scottish Dollar. The value was set at 5 shillings and the size was 38mm in diameter and weighed about 1oz as before.

Now more of a commemorative coin

Although the coin was always part of the British coin family, its large size made it unpopular for general circulation and the half-crown was favoured as the de-facto largest coin in circulation. The Crown was more-or-less relegated to a commemorative coin.

The British economy, especially after the World Wars, took its toll on the crown too. From 1816-1919 the crown was 0.925 silver, this was reduced to 0.500 silver in 1920 and in 1947 the Crown became Cupronickel (75% copper, 25% nickel). The size standardised at 38.61 mm and (silver crown) weight of 28.276g (1 oz).

Although not in current circulation, the Crown is still legal tender. After decimalisation in 1971 the Crown was officially valued at 25 pence. In the Eighties we had inflation which brought in higher denomination coins like the pound coin and the two-pound coin, so the Government decided that the crown needed to be restored to it former glory as biggest denomination coin and the crown was re-denominated to £5 in 1990.

Today the Crown is once again made in silver and gold, usually to satisfy collectors and investors. There is a little confusion with this as there are Gold Crowns which are worth £5 but there is another five-pound Gold coin from the sovereign family - see the article on Gold £5 Coin or Gold Crown?
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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1965 SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL CROWN COIN HOUSED IN NEAR SCRATCH FREE PERSPEX CASE.
1965 SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL CROWN COIN HOUSED IN NEAR SCRATCH FREE PERSPEX CASE.
£ 4.50
1965 Elizabeth II Commemorative Crown Winston Churchill Uncirculated Condition
1965 Elizabeth II Commemorative Crown Winston Churchill Uncirculated Condition
£ 1.50
1965 CROWN UNC - Winston Churchill Crown Coin
1965 CROWN UNC - Winston Churchill Crown Coin
£ 1.49
1965 CROWN COIN ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE DEATH OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL.
1965 CROWN COIN ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE DEATH OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL.
£ 1.50
1965 CROWN COIN ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE DEATH OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL.
1965 CROWN COIN ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE DEATH OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL.
£ 1.89
1965 Sir Winston Churchill Commemorative Crown 5 Shilling Coin
1965 Sir Winston Churchill Commemorative Crown 5 Shilling Coin
£ 1.20
THE CROWN COIN QUEEN ELIZABETH CHOOSE YEAR 1953,1960, 1965,1972,1977,1980 & 1981
THE CROWN COIN QUEEN ELIZABETH CHOOSE YEAR 1953,1960, 1965,1972,1977,1980 & 1981
£ 3.49
1965 CROWN COIN ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE DEATH OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
1965 CROWN COIN ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE DEATH OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
£ 200.00

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