2006 Platinum Piedfort Eightieth Birthday Crown Coin.
In 2006, the Royal Mint continued its series of platinum piedfort crowns, started in 2004. The 2006 issue commemorates the 80th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
This coin is struck to a proof finish in .9995 fineness and comes in a wooden presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. It contains just over three troy ounces of platinum, and has an issue limit of just 250 coins.
British Crowns have been issued as large silver coins since 1551, originally with a face value of five shillings (25 pence). Since 1990, they have been issued with a face value of five pounds. Modern marketing has seen them issued in base metal, as ordinary "circulation" issues available at face value, as proofs in year sets, as silver proofs, silver piedforts, gold, and now platinum. This all gives the collector extra ways to spend money.
In 2005, the Royal Mint have used "stealth marketing" for this issue. We often fail to understand the Royal Mint's marketing strategy, if we can call it that. It seems that this issue was only marketed, in the UK at any rate, by telephone, and probably only to Royal Mint FDC Coin Club members. Although this must have worked for them, we cannot understand why it did not also get offered in its Bulletin, or on its website. If we were offered an expensive item by telephone, we would want to see photographs, and a hard copy version of the offer. Quite why the Royal Mint chooses to use such quirky and selective marketing, we do not know. Telesales marketing is quite expensive, not everybody likes it, many find it intrusive, and there may have been many potential buyers who will have been disappointed that the Mint failed to give them an opportunity to buy. Ah well, it seems to work!
The edge is inscribed in incuse lettering:
VIVAT REGINA ELIZABETHA
The fourth portrait of the Queen facing right, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, his initials IRB are below the truncated neck. The inscription on the obverse reads:
ELIZABETH·II D·G REG·F·D FIVE POUNDS
For the reverse Danuta Solowiej-Wedderburn has created a simple but pleasing design of a fanfare of three horns adorned with royal standards, suggestive of an announcement, proclamation and celebration. The reverse Latin inscription reads:
1926 VIVAT REGINA 2006
This translates to 'Long Live the Queen'.
|Weight / Size||Piedfort|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||0|
|Silver Weight Troy Ounces||0|
|Fineness / Carat||0.9995|
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||Danuta Solowiej-Wedderburn|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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.
View our full Terms & Conditions.
We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows
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.
Full delivery information can be found by clicking here
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.
If you require any assistance please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase.