2006 Gold Proof Crown Five Pounds – 80th Birthday


2006 Gold Proof Crown Five Pounds - 80th Birthday

The 2006 gold proof crown was issued to commemorate the 80th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

The reverse shows a fanfare of regal trumpets with the inscription 'VIVAT REGINA' and the dates '1926' and '2006', designed by Danuta Solowiej.

The obverse features Queen Elizabeth II's fourth portrait, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

The 2006 Gold Proof Crown Five Pounds - 80th Birthday is made of solid 22 carat gold (Gold fineness of 0.916).

Originally housed in an original Royal Mint acrylic screw top capsule, the crown was then presented in its Royal Mint purple velvet presentation case and outer purple card box.  

There would have been an individually numbered certificate of authenticity (COA).

The gold crown has a weight of 39.94 grams.

Only 2,750 gold proof crowns were issued by the Royal Mint in 2006.


Mintage: 2,750 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 2006 ?
Elizabeth II was in her 54th year as Queen. George W Bush is U.S. President. Pluto is redefined as a dwarf planet.
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: Gold 5 Pound Coins
Not that many people own Gold Five Pound coins, I suppose mainly because they are an expensive coin even in bullion form. Perhaps even fewer realise there are two basic kinds of gold five pound coin. They are very similar, yet distinct. 

The Gold £5 Coin 1985 Gold £5 (Sovereign type)

Often referred to as the non commemorative £5 coin or the Quintuple Sovereign as it is exactly five times heaver than a Sovereign (7.9881 x 5 = 39.94g). As one sovereign is nominally one pound then a quintuple sovereign must be five pounds.

The Gold £5 coin has its history deriving from the five guinea coin right back at the start of the 19th Century. In those days a guinea was valued at one pound rather than the one-pound-and-one-shilling it is often remembered as nowadays. George III, George IV and Victoria all issued actual gold £5 coins and others issued a few too, but Elizabeth II began the surge in production, especially from 1980 onwards. From 1990, the £5 coin was minted in Cupro-Nickel too and silver versions were also available.

The Gold Crown

The Crown is another English coin with a long history. You may remember the Half-Crown from pre-decimalisation days, but the Crown has been a commemorative coin for as long as we can remember. The Crown was legal tender at a quarter-pound, which was five shillings (25 pence in decimalised money).

In the Eighties we saw the introduction of 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.

This re-denominated was OK by itself, but as a (still) mainly commemorative coin it was soon available not only as Cupro-Nickel but as silver and ... gold. That meant we had a new, official, gold £5 coin.

It also weighs 39.94g. And to prove its value it has '5 pounds' written on it.

The only difference between the sovereign gold £5 coin and the gold crown is the diameter. The crown maintained its original diameter of 38.61mm compared to the slightly smaller 36.613mm of the sovereign type.

The re-denominated had other effects too. Whether re-denominated is determined as from this point onwards or backward-compatible is unclear to many. The original crown was a gold coin, so does that mean that Henry VIII's gold crowns were the first £5 coins? So the history of coins starts to rewrite itself in some ways, although if this is intended or correct I'm not sure.

The Gold Five-Pound Piece

I've noticed many dealers referring to these coins as '£5 pieces'. Maybe it's a way of avoiding the confusion and grouping the coins into the same category rather than having them as two separate entities. Besides the slight difference in diameter (which is difficult to see as most of these coins are encapsulated in some way) there's little to tell.

If the reverse looks like it commemorated something then it's probably a crown. If the reverse is the same as the reverse of a sovereign of the same year then it could be a five pound coin. Whatever, you have a gold five pounds with almost 40g of gold; it's impressive and they are a great investment.

Five pound coins are often in 4- or 5-coin sets, together with combinations of a sovereign, half-sovereign, double sovereign, quadruple sovereign and maybe some commemorative item or a year-set collectable. They can be bullion, proof or matt-proof.

Despite the high intrinisic value and even higher collector value, five pound pieces are much sought after and are often sold out within days of release causing some of the coins to have a very high price tag.
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.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Gold 5 Pound Coins page on eBay UK

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£5 COIN RARE FIVE POUND 1990 TO 2006 ALL YEARS AVAILABLE
£5 COIN RARE FIVE POUND 1990 TO 2006 ALL YEARS AVAILABLE
£ 13.99
2006 UNA & THE LION GOLD PLATED COPPER PROOF RESTRIKE IN QUAD CAPSULE & BOX
2006 UNA & THE LION GOLD PLATED COPPER PROOF RESTRIKE IN QUAD CAPSULE & BOX
£ 29.99
2006 UNA & THE LION GOLD PLATED COPPER PROOF RESTRIKE IN QUAD CAPSULE & BOX
2006 UNA & THE LION GOLD PLATED COPPER PROOF RESTRIKE IN QUAD CAPSULE & BOX
£ 29.99
~Simply Coins~ 1970 -  2020 SILVER PROOF 1 CROWN 5 CROWN 5 FIVE POUND COINS
~Simply Coins~ 1970 - 2020 SILVER PROOF 1 CROWN 5 CROWN 5 FIVE POUND COINS
£ 32.50
1990 TO 2006 £5 COIN RARE FIVE POUND MOST YEARS AVAILBLE
1990 TO 2006 £5 COIN RARE FIVE POUND MOST YEARS AVAILBLE
£ 9.99
2006 ALDERNEY £5 Five Pound Steam Age Viaduct Silver & Gold Plated Proof Coin
2006 ALDERNEY £5 Five Pound Steam Age Viaduct Silver & Gold Plated Proof Coin
£ 34.95
2006 Queens 80th Birthday Piedfort £5 Five Pound Silver Gold Proof Coin
2006 Queens 80th Birthday Piedfort £5 Five Pound Silver Gold Proof Coin
£ 134.95
2006 ALDERNEY £5 Five Pound Steam Age Branch Line Silver &Gold Plated Proof Coin
2006 ALDERNEY £5 Five Pound Steam Age Branch Line Silver &Gold Plated Proof Coin
£ 36.95

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