2021 Five Pound Coin – Alfred the Great


The 2021 Five Pound Coin - Alfred the Great

A five-pound coin to celebrate the reign and legacy of King Alfred the Great.

Alfred the Great (Aelfred) was King of Wessex 871-886 and King of the Anglo-Saxons 886-899. He was known as a well educated, fair-minded person, Christian and excellent King.

Born around 847–849 to King Æthelwulf of Wessex, Alfred's three elder brothers, Æthelbald, Æthelberht and Æthelred, ruled in turn before him. Alfred took the throne in 871 and spend much of his time fighting Viking invaders. After a victory in the Battle of Edington (878), Alfred agreed the Danelaw with the Vikings, splitting the country and allowing the North of England to use the laws of the Danes.

Eventually the Vikings reneged on the deal and Alfred went back into battle, ultimately becoming the dominant ruler of England. Alfred died on 26 October 899, aged 50-51.

The £5 coin is available in BU, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort and in Gold. These coins are available (subject to stock) from the Royal Mint Shop.

The Reverse, by John Bergdahl, was based on the Alfred Jewel.

The Edge Inscription "AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN" is from the Alfred Jewel meaning "Alfred ordered me made".

The Obverse shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark.

Coin shown is the silver proof version.

Image credit: The Royal Mint.


Mintage: Not known
Silver Proof: 2,250
Silver Proof Piedfort: 900
Gold Proof: 160
Minted at The Royal Mint.
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The Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. Prime Minster is Boris Johnson. New (20 January) US President is Joe Biden (D-Delaware) and vice-president is Kamala Harris. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic still dominates World news and face masks are the norm. People and Businesses struggle after a long lockdown.
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: Five Pound Coins
As Crowns were redenominated from 25p (five shillings) to £5 in 1990, this category contains the newer 'decimal crowns'. We call them five pound coins because there are quite a number of these and the Royal Mint doesn't always refer to them as Crowns, although they seem to have the same weight and general dimensions. For the older, traditional coins see our Crowns category.

The Royal Mint issue many £5 coins both individually and as a series. They are all commemorative and are usually available as BU and silver, often gold and sometimes with other series variants like 1oz, 5oz, 10oz, etc. There are always plenty on ebay.
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 Five Pound Coins page on eBay UK

List of items on:

UK On eBay UK:
2021 Alfred The Great £5 Five Pound Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Pack
2021 Alfred The Great £5 Five Pound Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Pack
£ 16.99
2021 Brilliant Uncirculated Alfred the Great UK £5 Five Pounds
2021 Brilliant Uncirculated Alfred the Great UK £5 Five Pounds
£ 14.17
UK Five Pound £5 Coin Brilliant Uncirculated 1990 to 2022 - Choose your Coin
UK Five Pound £5 Coin Brilliant Uncirculated 1990 to 2022 - Choose your Coin
£ 14.99
2021 Alfred the Great UK £5 Coin in Royal Mint Sealed Pack
2021 Alfred the Great UK £5 Coin in Royal Mint Sealed Pack
£ 15.00
2021 Alfred the Great UK £5 Five Pound Coin in Royal Mint Sealed Pack
2021 Alfred the Great UK £5 Five Pound Coin in Royal Mint Sealed Pack
£ 17.49
~Simply Coins 2021 ALFRED THE GREAT FIVE 5 POUND COIN IN ROYAL MINT PACK BU BUNC
~Simply Coins 2021 ALFRED THE GREAT FIVE 5 POUND COIN IN ROYAL MINT PACK BU BUNC
£ 29.65
1990 ~ 2021 FIVE 5 POUND COINS IN ORIGINAL ROYAL MINT PACKS BU BUNC
1990 ~ 2021 FIVE 5 POUND COINS IN ORIGINAL ROYAL MINT PACKS BU BUNC
£ 27.00
 Simply Coins~ 1972 - 2021 ORIGINAL ROYAL MINT SILVER PROOF FIVE 5 POUND COINS
Simply Coins~ 1972 - 2021 ORIGINAL ROYAL MINT SILVER PROOF FIVE 5 POUND COINS
£ 193.00

USA On eBay USA:
2021 Alfred The Great £5 Five Pound Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Pack
2021 Alfred The Great £5 Five Pound Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Pack
£ 16.99
2021 Brilliant Uncirculated Alfred the Great UK £5 Five Pounds
2021 Brilliant Uncirculated Alfred the Great UK £5 Five Pounds
£ 14.17
UK Five Pound £5 Coin Brilliant Uncirculated 1990 to 2022 - Choose your Coin
UK Five Pound £5 Coin Brilliant Uncirculated 1990 to 2022 - Choose your Coin
£ 14.99
2021 Alfred the Great UK £5 Coin in Royal Mint Sealed Pack
2021 Alfred the Great UK £5 Coin in Royal Mint Sealed Pack
£ 15.00
2021 Alfred the Great UK £5 Five Pound Coin in Royal Mint Sealed Pack
2021 Alfred the Great UK £5 Five Pound Coin in Royal Mint Sealed Pack
£ 17.49
~Simply Coins 2021 ALFRED THE GREAT FIVE 5 POUND COIN IN ROYAL MINT PACK BU BUNC
~Simply Coins 2021 ALFRED THE GREAT FIVE 5 POUND COIN IN ROYAL MINT PACK BU BUNC
£ 29.65
1990 ~ 2021 FIVE 5 POUND COINS IN ORIGINAL ROYAL MINT PACKS BU BUNC
1990 ~ 2021 FIVE 5 POUND COINS IN ORIGINAL ROYAL MINT PACKS BU BUNC
£ 27.00
 Simply Coins~ 1972 - 2021 ORIGINAL ROYAL MINT SILVER PROOF FIVE 5 POUND COINS
Simply Coins~ 1972 - 2021 ORIGINAL ROYAL MINT SILVER PROOF FIVE 5 POUND COINS
£ 193.00

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