Great Britain 1999 5 pounds KM-997

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 24431
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24431 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $2,173.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Elizabeth II gold £5 1999, Princess Diana commemorative, PR68 Ultra Cameo NGC, a splendid example featuring the dual portraits of majesty: Elizabeth II's older image by Ian Rank-Broadley (which first appeared in 1998), and David Cornell's image of the tragic princess. Only 7500 were issued in gold in proof. The 2013 SCBC value is given as £1,650 (about $2,600)." Other gold five pounds for 1999 included the traditional St. George and the dragon (KM 1003) and a commemorative honoring the Greenwich meridian (KM 1006).

Recorded mintage: 5,000,000 for circulation, 100,000 in proof, 49,545 in silver and 7,500 in gold (shown here).

Specification: copper-nickel, 38.61 mm diameter. The gold issue was 39.94 g, .917 fine gold, 1.177 oz AGW.

Catalog reference: S-4551, KM997b (gold).

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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