The 2008 UK Queen Elizabeth I £5 Gold Proof Coin
In 1558 on the 17 of November, Elizabeth, the 25-year-old daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was proclaimed Queen of England. She became one of the longest serving, best-loved and influential English monarchs, whose date of accession remained a national holiday for 200 years.
To celebrate the 450th anniversary of her becoming Queen, the British Royal Mint has struck a rather unique £5 crown featuring on its reverse a portrait of Elizabeth I, by the silversmith Rod Kelly. So we have the only coin in the world with two Queen Elizabeths, Elizabeth the first on the reverse and Queen Elizabeth the second on the obverse
As per the Royal Mint, “...the Queen is crowned and set within a mandorla created by four decorative arches. A Tudor rose has been placed at each connecting point while the two side arches each contain a beautiful leaf pattern reminiscent of the carvings made by the Queen’s loyal servant and friend, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. The year of her accession and the year of the anniversary are both shown in Roman numerals with the inscription I HAVE REIGNED WITH YOUR LOVES.”
This unique coin is struck in 22 karat gold to proof quality. On the obverse is the portrait of the present Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, while the reverse design by Rod Kelly bears a stunning portrait of Queen Elizabeth I crowned and set within a mandorla created by four decorative arches.
Only 1,500 gold Proof crowns will be struck to satisfy demand from collectors throughout the world and will be sold at the price of £925.00. (Approx 1825 US Dollars)
The coin is housed in a luxury walnut wood-veneer presentation case and accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity and the Royal Mint logo in gold on the top right-hand corner of the lid.
The product code for ordering is UKQEFGP.
This coin, if only by its uniqueness and limited strike will be sure to increase in value over the coming years.