. ? or
Cart 0

Which is the UK's rarest £5 coin? The answer may surprise you...

Posted by Mark Liversidge on

For collectors in the UK, the £5 coin is the flagship of the decimal era.  They were first issued in 1990 as a replacement for the commemorative crowns which had a face value of just 25p following decimalisation.

The coins are reserved for commemorating significant British anniversaries and are a favourite among collectors as they are not intended for general circulation, making them highly collectible.  In recent years these crown-sized coins have become more and more difficult to find as their popularity has shot up while supply has diminished.

Using current Royal Mint figures we have put together a chart showing the 10 rarest UK £5 coins.

As you can see, with a mintage of just 18,730, the rarest is the Prince Philip 90th Bithday £5 Coin which was issued in 2011 and features a specially commissioned portrait of Philip by sculptor Mark Richards.

It is quite an unusual coin to hold such an honourary title when you consider the significance of anniversaries such as the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilees in 2002 and 2012 respectively.

Incredibly, by way of comparison, over 1.7 million Golden Jubilee £5 coins were issued in 2002 making the Prince Philip 90th Birthday Coin 92 times more scarce, and a real coup for any collector lucky enough to own one. 








 If you're interested...

Own the even more limited Prince Philip Silver Proof £5 Coin - just 7,500 issued worldwide!

Complete in official Royal Mint packaging with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Click here for more details >>

Share this post

← Older Post Newer Post →

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published.