Gothic Crown Portrait

2021 Gothic Crown Portrait Coins

The Royal Mint has today (Monday 7th February 2022 ) released the latest coin to be remastered as part of their The Great Engravers series; the obverse of the iconic Gothic Crown by renowned engraver William Wyon.

This coin features the Gothic Crown portrait of Queen Victoria combined with the portrait of Her Majesty Elizabeth II designed by Jody Clark on the reverse.

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Other coin releases in The Great Engravers coin series include Una and The Lion, The Three Graces, and The Gothic Crown.

2oz Silver Proof Coin

Gothic Portrait 2021 2oz Silver Coin
Gothic Portrait 2021 2oz Silver Coin
Gothic Portrait 2021 2oz Silver
Gothic Portrait 2021 2oz Silver

Limited Edition 4,000

Issue Price: £260

  • Build your collection of coins celebrating great engravers
  • High demand expected – the first coin in this collection sold out
  • Celebrate one of the greatest artists to have ever worked on British coinage
  • Finished to Proof standard
  • No Longer Available
  • PRODUCT CODE: UK21GO2S

2oz Silver Coin Specification

DENOMINATION £5
MAXIMUM COIN MINTAGE 4256
ALLOY 999 Fine Silver
WEIGHT 62.42 g
DIAMETER 40.00mm
REVERSE DESIGNER William Wyon
OBVERSE DESIGNER Jody Clark
QUALITY Proof
EDGE Milled

5oz Silver Proof Coin

Limited Edition 500

Issue Price: £555

  • A Limited Edition Presentation of 500 coins
  • Build your collection of coins celebrating great engravers
  • Struck in five ounces of 999 fine silver
  • Finished to Proof standard
  • No Longer Available
  • PRODUCT CODE: UK21GO5S

5oz Silver Coin Specification

DENOMINATION £10
MAXIMUM COIN MINTAGE 506
ALLOY 999 Fine Silver
WEIGHT 156.30 g
DIAMETER 65.00mm
REVERSE DESIGNER William Wyon
OBVERSE DESIGNER Jody Clark
QUALITY Proof
EDGE Milled

10oz Silver Proof Coin

Limited Edition 225

Issue Price: £1,020

  • A Limited Edition Presentation of 225 coins
  • The first Great Engravers coin to be offered as a ten-ounce silver Proof edition
  • Own a reinterpretation of the Gothic Crown’s obverse design that has been enhanced by modern minting technology
  • Skillfully remastered using modern minting technology
  • Created using the unrivalled skills of The Royal Mint’s craftspeople
  • No Longer Available
  • PRODUCT CODE: UK21O10O
DENOMINATION £10
MAXIMUM COIN MINTAGE 231
ALLOY 999 Fine Silver
WEIGHT 312.60 g
DIAMETER 65.00mm
REVERSE DESIGNER William Wyon
OBVERSE DESIGNER Jody Clark
QUALITY Proof
EDGE Milled

2oz Gold Proof Coin

Gothic Crown Portrait 2oz Gold Coin
Gothic Crown Portrait 2oz Gold Coin
Gothic Crown Portrait 2oz Gold Coin Obverse
Gothic Crown Portrait 2oz Gold Coin Obverse

Limited Edition 350

Issue Price: £5,120

  • A Limited Edition Presentation of just 350 coins
  • Historically, the Gothic Crown has rarely been available in gold
  • Celebrate the artistry of William Wyon
  • Finished to Proof standard
  • No Longer Available
  • PRODUCT CODE: UK21GOG2

2oz Gold Coin Specification

DENOMINATION £200
MAXIMUM COIN MINTAGE 406
ALLOY 999.9 Fine Gold
WEIGHT 62.42 g
DIAMETER 40.00mm
REVERSE DESIGNER William Wyon
OBVERSE DESIGNER Jody Clark
QUALITY Proof
EDGE Milled

What is the Gothic Crown Portrait?

Gothic Crown Portrait
Gothic Crown Portrait

When the Royal Mint decided to re-issue the Gothic Crown as a modern commemorative coin, they could not simply copy the original design of the 1847 coin since the obverse features Queen Victoria and not Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who features on most other coins of our era. To be able to show off both sides of the original coin, it was decided to release two coins. 

Why is the Portrait Coin dated 2021 when it was issued in 2022?

The first Gothic Crown series coin was issued in December 2021 with the quartered-arms design seen on the reverse:

Quartered Arms
Quartered Arms

and the second coin is the Portrait of Queen Victoria seen on the reverse.

Anyone lucky enough to secure the first coin in the series, received an email from the Royal Mint offering them to chance to buy the second coin, a few days before it goes on general release.

Coin hunters eagerly awaited the Crown Portrait Coins to appear at 9 am on the 7th February however the usual countdown timer did not start at 8.30 am leaving buyers wondering if the release had been delayed.

A while later, the coin sales pages appeared on the Royal Mint website all marked as “No Longer Available”. It is speculated that these coins were never available to purchase via the website, having all been pre-sold to owners of the first coin in this set or reserved for special coin events.

These coins are already appearing on eBay at hugely inflated prices.

What’s the history of The Gothic Crown?

The Gothic Crown as first introduced way back in 1847 on a silver crown design by William Wyon, former Chief Engraver at The Royal Mint.

The design shows Queen Victoria’s portrait facing left and portrayed in a medieval style.

Only 8,000 Gothic crowns were issued in 1847 and it remains one of the most beautiful and rarest coins in the world attracting a price of around £10,000 in 2022.

Who are The Great Engravers?

The Royal Mint decided to honour the amazing coin designs of The Great Engravers by releasing them as new coins for UK Coin collectors.

Due to the beauty of these coins they are in high-demand on The Royal Mint website on the day of release, often completely selling out in a few hours (minutes?).

Inevitably this leads to inflated prices on eBay as collectors rush to secure these coins into their collection.

William Wyon is on of the most famous engravers who spent hours crafting his designs by hand.

William Wyon
William Wyon

1847 Gothic Crown Portrait

2022 will see the release of the second coin in the Gothic Crown set to feature a portrait of Queen Victoria.

Just 8,000 Gothic crowns were used in 1847 and it remains one of the most beautiful and rarest coins in the world. See the image below.

Gothic Crown Portrait
Gothic Crown Portrait

Introduced in 1847 on the silver crown, the outstanding Gothic portrait was created by William Wyon, former Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint. Queen Victoria was portrayed in a medieval style, representing the fanciful splendour of the era.

She faces left and wears an ornate crown and its tip cuts through the border of trefoil which arcs around the coins inner edge. The inscription, which is placed below the arching trefoil, is in a medieval gothic style font in upper and lower case.

Queen Victoria wears a dress embroidered with roses representing England, thistles representing Scotland and Shamrocks which represent Ireland. This was the first time since the coinage of Charles II that a monarch wore a crown on British coinage.

Previous coins in the series include Una and the Lion, The Three Graces (our favourite) and The Gothic Crown. The Gothic Crown Portrait is a welcome addition.

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