• 1981 Gold Proof Quintuple Sovereign Elizabeth II £5  Coin Single The Royal Mint Grade C reverse
  • 1981 Gold Proof Quintuple Sovereign Elizabeth II £5  Coin Single The Royal Mint Grade C obverse
  • 1981 Gold Proof Quintuple Sovereign Elizabeth II £5  Coin Single The Royal Mint Grade C reverse
  • 1981 Gold Proof Quintuple Sovereign Elizabeth II £5  Coin Single The Royal Mint Grade C obverse
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1981 Gold Proof Quintuple Sovereign £5 Coin - Grade C

These 1981 Gold Proof Quintuple Sovereign £5 Coin are Grade C condition. In 1981, the £5 coin was made available separately for the first time since 1902.

  • Manufactured by The Royal Mint
  • 22 carat gold
  • 916.7 fineness
  • Contains 1.1771 troy ounces (36.612g) of the precious metal
  • Exempt from Capital Gains Tax & VAT
  • Weight: 39.94g
  • Diameter: 36.02mm
  • Only 5,400 Issued
  • Grade C

These coins are Grade C, making them perfect for investors looking for proof coins at bullion prices. Struck in 22 carat gold, these loose proof quintuple sovereigns are sold without capsules.


(VAT Exempt)
Totals are approximate until metal prices are confirmed on the next LBMA fix.

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What is Grade C?

Grade C is generally considered to be a lower grade and may include a range of imperfections such as deep scratches, gauges, severe edge knocks, ex-jewelry mount marks and highly polished surfaces, gilding, black/red spots, damaged packaging, heavy bag marks, stains, tarnish, and clouding.

Gold £5 History

Way back in 1902, five pound gold coins were issued for circulation, but even then, they were probably mainly hoarded as curiosities and keepsakes as the modern cupro-nickel £5 crowns are nowadays.

In 1980 the Royal Mint started issuing gold £5 coins once again, although some dates were issued only as part of a 4 coin gold proof set, others were issued as proofs, some as uncirculated versions.

The second or decimal portrait was issued from 1968 to 1984, but the only two dates of five pound gold coin issued with the second portrait were 1981 and 1984, apart from those issued as part of complete proof sets in 1980 and 1982. Because of this the 1981 £5 gold coin is an important coin for "type" collectors.


The obverse shows the second UK coin portrait of Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin.


The reverse shows Benedetto Pistrucci's design of St George and the Dragon as seen on the bullion sovereigns coins issued in the same year.


Weight / SizeQuintuple
Gold Weight Troy Ounces1.177
Fineness / Carat0.917 / 22
Mintage Figure5,400
Obverse DesignerArnold Machin
Reverse DesignerBenedetto Pistrucci
Issuing Monarch Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
Mint / BrandThe Royal Mint
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Terms of Sale - Key Points

You can find more information on payment and identification requirements.

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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Postal Insurance

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.