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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth IIs Golden Jub

Commemorative £5 coin of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, 2002

Bronze medal celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria

Bronze medal celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria

Diameter: 38.500 mm
Weight: 28.320 g

On loan from The Royal Mint

On loan from the Royal Mint .

This five pound coin has been made by the Royal Mint to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II, who became the Queen in 1952. The lively portrait of the Queen has been specially done for the coin. On the other side of the coin is the Queen riding a horse. The writing says 'AMOR POPULI PRAESIDIUM REG' which means 'The love of the people is the Queen's protection'.

For parents

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. The £5 coin is available as a base metal coin for circulation and in a sterling silver version for collectors.