Crowns

Crowns: Introduction

The Crown is a very old coin, with origins dating back to Henry VIII. The English Crown first appeared in 1526. It had a value of five shillings (a quarter of a pound) but in 1990 was redenominated to £5. Although still legal tender, these days it is effectively a commemorative coin minted in Cupronickel, Silver or Gold. This list is the traditional Crowns (5 shillings), for the modern decimal crowns/£5 made after 1990 see the Five Pound Coins list.

Crowns are wonderful coins to collect. They are large coins with a long history. The pre-1947 coins will all contain silver so are a nice investment too. Prices start at about £12, and £40 will probably get you a nice Victorian Crown. Older ones may require a few hundred pounds but there are plently of Crowns around and you may get a bargain somewhere. Start by looking on ebay.

The following have minted Crowns during their reign:

 ObverseEdward VI
(1547-1553)
 ObverseElizabeth I
(1558-1603)
 ObverseJames I
(1603-1625)
 ObverseCharles I
(1625-1649)
 ObverseOliver Cromwell / Commonwealth
(1649-1660)
 ObverseCharles II
(1660-1685)
 ObverseJames II
(1685-1688)
 ObverseWilliam and Mary
(1689-1694)
 ObverseWilliam III
(1694-1702)
 ObverseAnne
(1702-1714)
 ObverseGeorge I
(1714-1727)
 ObverseGeorge II
(1727-1760)
 ObverseGeorge III
(1760-1820)
 ObverseGeorge IV
(1820-1830)
 ObverseVictoria
(1837-1901)
 ObverseEdward VII
(1901-1910)
 ObverseGeorge V
(1910-1936)
 ObverseGeorge VI
(1936-1952)
 ObverseElizabeth II
(1952-Present)