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Diameter: 38.500 mm
Weight: 28.320 g
On loan from The Royal Mint
On loan from the Royal Mint .
Coins and Medals
Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee commemorative £5 coin
The Royal Mint, London, England, AD 2002
This commemorative five pound coin has been produced by the Royal Mint to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II, who became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1952. The obverse, designed by Ian Rank Broadley, includes a new and unusually animated portrait of the Queen as well as the simple inscription 'FIVE POUNDS'.
The design on the reverse, also by Rank Broadley, is reminiscent of the 1977 Silver Jubilee crown and shows the Queen on horseback. This side of the coin carries both the Queen's titles and the Latin inscription 'AMOR POPULI PRAESIDIUM REG' (The love of the people is the Queen's protection').
In the history of the United Kingdom only George III (reigned 1760-1820) and Victoria (reigned 1837-1901) have celebrated a Golden Jubilee and have reigned for longer than the present Queen. Commemorative medals were produced for George III's Golden Jubilee and Victoria's Golden and Diamond Jubilee, and for the Silver Jubilees of George V in 1935 and the present Queen in 1977.
The £5 coin is available as a base metal coin for circulation and in a sterling silver version for collectors.