The 2008 450th Anniversary of the Accession of Elizabeth I Gold Proof £5 Crown.
Gold proof £5 commemorating Queen Elizabeth I succeeding her father King Henry VIII to the throne. This five pound crown was issued by the Royal Mint and comes in a presentation box, with a certificate of authenticity.
On 17 November 1558, the 25-year-old Elizabeth, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was proclaimed Queen of England. She became one of the 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 a £5 crown was struck featuring on its reverse a portrait of Elizabeth by the silversmith Rod Kelly. Inspired by the magnificent 'Armada' portrait of Elizabeth by George Gower, 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.
The edge is inscribed with:
I HAVE REIGNED WITH YOUR LOVES
The obverse of the coin shows the fourth definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley. The coin bears the inscription:
ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · FIVE POUNDS
The reverse bears an engraving of Elizabeth I by Rod Kelly. The crowned Queen is set within a mandorla created by four decorative arches. The dates are converted to Roman numberals with the inscription:
|Actual Gold Weight||1.1771 Troy oz|
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||Rod Kelly|
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