2000 Queen Mother 100th Birthday £5 Crown Gold Proof Coin
Gold proof Five Pound coin celebrating the 100th birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The Queen Mother
Born in 1900, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon came to prominence when she married the future King George VI in 1923. She was Queen of the United Kingdom between 1936 and 1952 when her daughter, Elizabeth II, acceded to the throne. In her widowhood she was affectionately known as the Queen Mother.
Several coins have been struck by The Royal Mint to celebrate the life of the Queen Mother. This includes, commemorative Crowns struck on her 80th and 90th birthdays (1980 and 1990 respectively). A memorial Five Pound coin was also offered in 2002 after her death at the age of 101.
The Two Queens
This piece, celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 100th birthday, features a special portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley. In it, she wears the Grenville Tiara and faces left. In a nod to her enduring popularity, crowds cheer behind her, some dressed in Victorian garb and others in modern clothing, indicating the eras she had lived through. Her signature appears below the portrait and the legend reads: 'QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER' and, within that, '1900-2000' and 'FIVE POUNDS'.
This is paired with an obverse, also by Ian Rank-Broadley, showing his fourth official coinage effigy of Queen Elizabeth’s daughter, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. This is accompanied by the legend: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000'.
Gold Proof Crown
This celebratory Five Pound coin is struck in 39.94 grams of 22 carat gold. That equates to 1.1771 troy ounces of pure gold. Its struck to flawless proof standard and has a diameter of 38.61 millimetres
Given its gold content and legal-tender status, this coin is both VAT and GCT exempt.
It is offered in its original packaging from The Royal Mint which consists of a red velvet box, capsule and information booklet. The enclosed numbered certificate of authenticity confirms that this coin is from a limited mintage of 3,000 pieces.
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