2002 Queen Mother Memorial Gold Proof £5 Crown
A Five Pound Gold Proof Crown coin, issued in 2002 in memory of the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother.
A Gold Proof Five Pound Coin
Five Pound commemorative coins have been issued by The Royal Mint since 1990. New reverses are offered every year, often commemorating important national and royal events as well as significant anniversaries. These collectible coins are minted in Cupronickel, Silver and Gold and its the Gold Proof Crown issues that are most sought after.
This 2002 Queen Mother Gold Proof Memorial £5 Crown is minted in 39.94 grams of 22 carat gold. That's a fineness of 916.7 and a gold weight of 36.613 (1.1771 troy ounces). The diameter of this collectible Gold Proof Five Pound coin is 38.61 millimetres.
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
The 2002 Queen Mother Gold Proof Memorial £5 Crown was minted to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1900, she was Queen of the United Kingdom and the Dominions from 1936 to 1952 as the wife of George VI. As the mother of Elizabeth II, the current monarch, she became known as the Queen Mother in her later years.
A highly popular member of the British royal family, Elizabeth continued an active public life until her death at the age of 101 in March 2002.
A Memorial Portrait by Avril Vaugham
To commemorate the Queen Mother’s long life this unique Five Pound Gold Coin was issued, bearing a portrait of Elizabeth by Avril Vaughan. A medallist and sculptor, Vaughan worked from Wiltshire before her own passing in 2006.
In Vaughan's poignant portrait, the Queen Mother wears her distinctive Greville Boucheron 'Honeycomb' tiara, now worn by the Duchess of Cornwall. The portrait is surrounded by a delicate wreath. The edge bears the words 'STRENGTH,' 'DIGNITY' and 'LAUGHTER' - an inscription inspired by the address made by the Archbishop of Canterbury at her funeral.
Ian Rank-Broadley’s Fifth Portrait
The obverse of the 2002 Queen Mother Gold Proof Memorial £5 Crown features Ian Rank-Broadley’s memorable portrait of Elizabeth II, in use on British currency from 1998 until 2015. This effigy is the fourth of five portraits used to date on circulating UK coins.
The portrait is accompanied by the inscription 'ELIZABETH . II D . G . REG . F . D' with the denomination ('FIVE POUNDS') below the portrait. Rank-Broadley's initials can be found below the truncation of the Her Majesty's neck.
A Limited Edition Collectible Coin
A maximum of 3,000 Gold Proof 2002 Queen Mother Memorial Crowns were minted and only 2,086 were issued. Nearly twenty years on, these commemorative coins are coming to the market infrequently so nows your chance to snap one up.
This Gold Proof Crown is presented encapsulated in its original green velvet case. Also included is an information booklet on the life of Her Majesty the Queen Mother and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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