2004 Entente Cordiale Gold Proof £5 Crown Coin.
Issued by The Royal Mint, this gold five pound coin celebrates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Entente Cordiale.
Struck from 22 carat gold (0.917 fineness), the coin contains 1.177 troy ounces of the precious metal. Each of these coins is struck to a proof finish, making them ideal for collectors.
The coin comes issued in a presentation box, accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity from The Royal Mint.
Only 1,500 of these coins were minted.
The Entente Cordiale was a colonial-era agreement signed by the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Lansdowne, and the French Ambassador, Paul Cambon, in London on 8 April 1904 with the aim of settling long-standing disputes between the UK and France in countries such as Morocco, Egypt, Siam, Madagascar, the New Hebrides, West and Central Africa and Newfoundland. It actually had a wider significance in that it also represented a shift from a history overshadowed by conflict and rivalry to a sustained era of rapprochement and alliance.
The agreements were crucial in paving the way for Franco-British diplomatic and military cooperation in the lead-up to World War One.
Here is a list of some of the events which took place to honour the milestone.
Franco-British Summit, London. Lunch with Sponsors. Entente Cordiale Launch, 24 November 2003
State visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to France, 5 - 7 April 2004
British Prime Minister attended Europe Day Reception hosted by the French President, 9 May 2004
Bastille Day Celebrations 14 July
Entente Cordiale Day at the Farnborough Air Show, July 2004
Highest Level French visit to the UK, Autumn 2004
The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The text reads:
ELIZABETH II D G REG F D
Designed by David Gentleman, the reverse shows the combined figures of Britannia and Marianne. The words 'ENTENTE CORDIALE' and the dates '1904 2004' surround the image.
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||1.177|
|Fineness / Carat||0.917 / 22|
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||David Gentleman|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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