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Commemorative Five Pounds Crown
During the last half century, crowns have often been issued to commemorate special events. The 1997 Five Pound piece is a crown sized coin, struck in three different metals and a total of five different variations. It marks the occasion of the 50th wedding anniversary of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
A golden wedding anniversary deserves celebration, and the 1997 crown pays tribute to this remarkable couple,,who are represented on both sides of the coin. Philip Nathan has depicted the Queen and Prince Philip in magnificent profile portraits that are both dignified and reflective. For many collectors these effigies will be reminiscent of the coins of William and Mary, and of the medals of Victoria and The Prince Consort.
Conjoined heads of Elizabeth and Philip, facing right.
The obverse design was engraved by Philip Nathan
ELIZABETH II D G REG F D PHILIP PRINCEPS
The reverse features the crown of St. Edward above shields bearing the Royal Arms and the Coat of Arms of Prince Philip, separated by an anchor. The crown represents the Queen's formal role, being worn by her on state occasions, and the anchor symbolises Prince Philip's distinguished naval career.
The reverse was designed by Leslie Durbin, and modelled by Philip Nathan.
The reverse legend reads:
1947 1997 20 NOVEMBER FIVE POUNDS
The edge is milled (reeded)
|Silver Proof||38.61||28.28||0.925 Silver||0.8410||75,000|
|Gold Proof||38.61||39.94||0.917 Gold||1.1775||2,750|
Uncirculated Specimen in Folder
1997 £5 Coin and Bank Note SetGold Proof
Fifty Years of History
On 20th November 1947, the King proudly led his daughter down the aisle, her beauty matched by the glamour of her Hartnell dress, intricately embroidered and adorned with thousands of tiny seed pearls and crystals.
The newly created Duke of Edinburgh, standing tall and handsome in his naval uniform, awaited his bride at the altar. Like any other couple they took their marriage vows with great solemnity and their day continued with a traditional wedding breakfast at Buckingham Palace before departing on honeymoon.
From the very start of their marriage public duties loomed large. Royal tours could take the couple away from their young family for up to six months and vast crowds would line the streets of London to welcome their homecoming. Today's improved communications make touring just as gruelling, as more gets done in less time. Television has enabled the public to see far more of the important role the monarchy plays and has witnessed a very personal approach to meeting the people with now familiar "walkabouts". Millions have seen the couple's tireless dedication to duty, in television documentaries, which has earned them respect not just in Britain but the world over.
With four children and six grandchildren, summer holidays at Balmoral provide the Queen and Prince Philip with the perfect opportunity to get away from it all. There the couple's mutual love of the countryside can be enjoyed to the full. But on these family occasions, be they in Scotland or over the Christmas period at Windsor or Sandringham, the Royal Family never retreat entirely from the formal aspects of public life and allow the cameras in to witness their enjoyment.
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