I know that I said I would be writing my next instalment on Anne Boleyn (the Witch, the Whore, the Martyr), but I’ve just received the following press release from Britain’s The Royal Mint, who have produced a special £5 coin to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne. I will write the next instalment of Anne tomorrow, I promise!
I know that many of you collect mementoes of the Tudor period of history, so here is some information on the Henry VIII £5 coin.
From The Royal Mint:-
As the nation celebrates 500 years since Henry VIII acceded to the throne, the Royal Mint has captured the spirit of the occasion with a special gold coin.
Commemorating a reign which instigated the Golden Age in English History, the Royal Mint pays tribute to one of England’s greatest monarchs with a limited edition Crown coin, featuring the iconic and striking figure of Henry VIII himself.
Only 1,509 of these precious metal coins have been minted – 1509 being the year Henry was crowned – and are available now for £1,195 each. The coin is also available in cupro-nickel, silver Proof and Platinum Piedfort, with prices starting at £9.99.
Dave Knight, Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint, said:
“Love him or hate him, Henry VIII is undoubtedly one of history’s most influential monarchs. His reign changed the face of England forever and we felt it was essential that this remarkable period of history was commemorated with a lasting and treasured momento. We hope the public recognises the significance of this anniversary and chooses to honour it with a coin that does justice to a larger-than-life monarch.”
The Royal Mint’s coin shows the great king standing before a frieze of roses in the “antique” style much favoured in the carvings and tapestries of the period.
The edge of the coin features a Latin inscription “ROSA SINE SPINA”, which was also used on Henry VIII’s own coinage and translates as “Rose without a Thorn”. Additional details include the initials HR (Henry Rex) which represents his personal monogram and a rope border surrounding the coin’s design which symbolises the Royal Navy.
In addition to the gold coin, the new £5 Crown is also available in Platinum Piedfort, sterling silver and cupro-nickel.
The Platinum Piedfort coins, priced at £4,400.00, are likely to be the most sought-after as only 100 of these have been made. 10,000 of the silver Proof coin have been produced, priced at £44.95, while the cupro-nickel Brilliant Uncirculated £5 coin is available for £9.99, with a product issue limit of 100,000.
The Platinum Piedfort Henry VIII coin come complete with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity signed by the coin’s designer John Bergdahl.
The Brilliant Uncirculated coin is housed in a beautifully presented folder containing a wealth of information on Henry’s life and his actions that changed the face of the kingdom.
I have spoken to Elaine at The Royal Mint about these coins and shipping is £2.95 anywhere within the EU and £10 outside the EU.
She also explained that proof is the ‘highest standard of minting’ while the “Brilliant Uncirculated” coin is made from cupro-nickel, but of a higher standard than the coins which are used as change.
I think I’m going to treat myself to the Henry VIII coin pack at £9.99 – click here for details.
They also have a beautiful Elizabeth I and Henry VIII Coin and Stamp cover set available at £24.99.