Introducing the Golden Jubilee 5 Pound Coin
In 2002 the Royal Mint join in the celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with the release of a commemorative 5-pound coin. The Golden Jubilee was set amidst two terrible personal losses for the Royal Family. First in February with the passing of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret and then in March with the passing of her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Although still working through her personal pain, the Queen went on a tour to thank her people in throughout the United Kingdom and the rest of the Commonwealth.
Golden Jubilee 2002 5 Pound Coin
The design of the Golden Jubilee 5 pound coin follows the tradition of using the coin, which used to be called a ‘crown’, to commemorate special national events, usually Royal ones. The reverse design of the Queen on horseback is an homage to the design of the 1953 crown, the first UK commemorative coin in the Queen’s reign. Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, the image is surrounded by the Latin phrase “Amor Populi Praesidium Reg’ which means ‘The love of the people is the Queen’s protection.’
The obverse side is also specifically designed for the occasion, also created by Ian Rank-Broadley. It features a new portrait of the Queen, showing her in robes and the crown facing to the right.
(Caption: A trinket pot, sold as memorabilia merchandise for the Golden Jubilee)
How Much is the Golden Jubilee 5 Pound Coin Worth?
Typically 5-pound coins are meant as souvenirs for the occasion they were created for, not for general circulation. This means that they’re difficult to find in your change. The mintage of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee 5 pound coin is around 3.5 million. The highest price on eBay, as of May 2019, for a Brilliant Uncirculated coin in its original packaging was £11.99.
Other Versions of the Golden Jubilee £5 Coin
Beyond the general circulation and the Brilliant Uncirculated coins, there are coins from the Royal Mint that are meant for serious collectors and devotees of the Queen. There is the Silver Proof coin, mintage of 75,000, and the Gold Proof coin, mintage of 100.
Other Jubilee Coins
The Royal Mint has also released coins to celebrate other Jubilee occasions. There is the 1977 Silver Jubilee Crown coin, the 2012 Diamond Jubilee 5 pound coin, and the 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 5 pound coin.
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|