For the third time in Her Majesty’s reign, an ‘Equestrian’ portrait was chosen for this commemorative five pound ‘crown’ coin, this time for the Golden Jubilee (50th anniversary) of the reign, continuing the tradition of regnal commemorations.
The legend includes the phrase AMOR POPULI PRAESIDIVM REG(INAE) which means “The love of the people is the Queen’s protection”. On the other side it featured a new facial profile of Her Majesty wearing an ermine robe, the Royal Diamond Diadem and pearl drop earrings, turned slightly away from the viewer. This portrait did not appear on any other coins.
Both sides of this highly accomplished design was the work of Ian Rank-Broadley. We’re not meant to have favourites, but if we did, this would be one of our favourite commemorative British coins of all time.