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Great Britain £5 Gold

1984 Royal Mint 5 Pound Gold

22 Carat Gold

With George VI's death, his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, became Queen in 1953. In a departure from tradition, no gold £5 were issued until 1980, although some were struck in 1953 and 1957, these are considered extremely rare as none were released for collectors.
Proofs using this portrait were issued from 1980 to 1984, 9 years after it was introduced for decimalization. Bullion £5 were only issued in 1984, the first non-proof issue since 1902, and can be differentiated by the U in the exergue to the left of the date.

1984 Royal Mint Gold £5 Reverse

1984 Royal Mint Gold £5 Obverse
Mintage
15,104

For the decimal coins of 1968 a fresh portrait was adopted by Arnold Machin OBE,RA although it did not appear on the £5 until its first issue in 1980. The Queen is seen wearing the tiara given as a wedding present from her grandmother Queen Mary.
First introduced in 1917, the George and Dragon reverse design is virtually unchanged since the Garter was removed on the sovereign of 1821.
The dragon has still not been slain.


Specifications


Sources

Composition: .9167 Gold
.0833 Copper
Gold Content: 1.177 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 39.94 grams
Size: 36.02 mm
Obv: Arnold Machin
Rev: Benedetto Pistrucci
Chard Tax Free Gold

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