• 1887 Gold Five Pounds - Reverse
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1887 British Gold £5 Jubilee Head Coin

The 1887 gold five pounds was issued in proof and normal (non-proof) versions, as part of the design change to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. We buy and sell 1887 proof or uncirculated gold five pound pieces at competitive prices.

In 1887, a gold five pound coin was issued in sufficient quantities for circulation, as well as proofs included with 11 coin sets. It is only one of three dates of gold five pound coin which was issued for general circulation, in addition to proof or pattern issues.

It is very common to find a fake 1887 quintuple sovereign so be careful who you deal with and our advice would be to go with a tried and tested dealer, like us! 

Photographs shown may not be the actual coin and may differ in terms of grade, die numbers, design flaws and other minor details.

from £3,963.95

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Totals are approximate until metal prices are confirmed on the next LBMA fix.

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Gold £5 Coins

The first gold quintuple sovereign (£5 coin), was issued in 1820, and is considered by some to be a pattern coin. In 1826 and 1839, proofs were issued as part of complete proof coin sets, and this also occurred in 1902, 1911, and 1937.

Only in 1887, 1893, and 1902 were ordinary circulation types issued in addition to proof versions.

Coin Dies

We were surprised to hear that in 1887, the typical die life for the five pound coin was around 200 strikes. As the reported mintage was 54,000 pieces, excluding proofs, this would work out at around 270 pairs of dies, although we would have expected the obverse die life to be longer than that of the reverse. This means that the number of die variations could be very high.

It would also have been expected that a large number of coins would be seen with noticeable die cracks, but this is actually uncommon with this coin issue. From this, one could theorise that the Mint changed dies very frequently as they may have considered these coins important as Britain's highest value "flagship" coin. It has been suggested to us that this was not known to be the case. This remains, for the time being, an interesting numismatic mystery which may one day be solved.


The new portrait for the Queen's Jubilee, effigy by sculptor Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm. His initials JEB can be seen under the bust, near the top of the Queen's arm. 

Legend reads:



Benedetto Pistrucci's engraving of St George and the Dragon, BP can be seen under the ground on the right hand side in the exergue.


Weight / SizeQuintuple
Gold Weight Troy Ounces1.177
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Mintage Figure54,000
Obverse DesignerJoseph Edgar Boehm
Reverse DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
Issuing Monarch Victoria (1837-1901)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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gVFgVF£3,963.95Out Of Stock
aUNCaUNC£4,568.90Out Of Stock
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Date Obverse Reverse Price
04 July 2019 aUNC aUNC £3,760.00
19 September 2021 gVF gVF £3,008.41
25 April 2023 EF EF £0.00
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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Delivery Information

We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows.

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 

Orders under £60

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.

If you wish to have your order sent by an alternative method (e.g., Saturday Guaranteed) please contact +441253343081 for more information. Please note, we will not dispatch high value orders over a bank holiday weekend.

For international delivery, please check with your local customs office for more information on custom duty and taxes.

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We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders under £1500 there is no additional fee.
  • Orders over £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase. 

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Further Reading

If you would like to read more about these classic designs and similiar coinage we recommend the following: 

The Jubilee Head Portrait

Sir Thomas Brock, Engraver of Queen Victoria

Portraits on Briitish Coins

Fake 1887 Quintuple Sovereigns