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Trafalgar Crown

Posted on Thu, 20 January 2005 by Phil Mussell - Coin News

One of the most decisive naval battles ever fought captured in the palm of your hand! The Royal Mint is making available the first £5 Crown for 2005 - the Trafalgar £5.

The Crown commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805.

The Battle earned its place in history as the most decisive naval battle of the Napoleonic Wars and it established Britain's supremacy at sea for many years to come. Brilliantly fought and led by Lord Nelson from HMS Victory, it was over in a matter of hours, without the loss of a single British ship. Sadly Nelson did not survive the battle, but having been assured of victory his last words are said to have been "I have done my duty. I thank God for it"

The Trafalgar £5 has been designed by distinguished sculptor Clive Duncan - his first commission for the Royal Mint since winning the competition judged by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee. His reverse design depicts two approaching British ships off Cape Trafalgar as if viewed through a telescope from the French or Spanish fleets during the great sea battle.

The obverse of the coin features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of the Queen which has appeared on United Kingdom coinage since 1998.

The Trafalgar £5 is available in Gold, Silver and Brilliant Uncirculated versions priced £555, £34.95 and £9.95 respectively, and look set to become favourites with collectors. The Brilliant Uncirculated coins will be available from the beginning of January and both the Gold and Silver coins are available for sale now. To order your coins please contact the Royal Mint Coin Club on 0845 608 8300 or visit the website at