Great Britain 1981 5 pounds

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40172
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was part of lot 40172 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $2,115. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 5 Pounds, 1981. NGC PROOF-68 Ultra Cameo." This type was issued 1980-84 in small numbers and sold as bullion coins. The denomination has not circulated since the time of Edward VI (and probably not much even then). Other gold five pound types have been issued after this one (KM 945, KM 949, KM 958, KM 1003), all for sale to collectors.

Recorded mintage: 5,400.

Specification: 39.94 g, .917 fine gold, 1.177 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-419; S-4201; KM-924.


  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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