2009 Henry VIII Accession 500th Anniversary £5 Crown Silver Proof
2009 Henry VIII Accession 500th Anniversary £5 Crown Silver Proof

2009 Henry VIII Accession 500th Anniversary £5 Crown Silver Proof

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This 2009 silver proof Five Pound coin celebrates the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII. Henry was king of England from 1509 until 1547 and is best known for his six marriages and his role in the English Reformation. The reverse of this Crown coin features a full-length portrait of Henry VIII, modelled on a now lost painting of the king by Hans Holbein the Younger. The figure divides a royal ‘HR’ cypher and stands within a treasure of arcs. The design was crafted by John Bergdahl who is the artist behind a number of coins for The Royal Mint. The legend reads ‘THE ACCESSION OF HENRY VIII 1509’ and the denomination appears below. The obverse shows Ian Rank-Broadley’s fourth official coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The coin is struck in 28.28 grams of .925 sterling silver and has a diameter of 38.61 millimetres. Its offered in its original presentation packaging from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity which confirms that this piece is from a limited issue of just 10,419 worldwide.

Manufacturer: Royal Mint
Issuing Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2009
Series / Ranges: Henry VIII
Denomination: £5
Metal: Base Metal
Weight: 28.28 Grams
Diameter: 38.61mm
Quality: Proof
Presentation: Coin as Shown

In 2009 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Accession of Henry VIII, the Royal Mint released a very Limited Issue King Henry VIII £5 Five Pound Proof Coin.

The reverse designed by John Bergdahl who was inspired by the majestic standing portrait of Henry by Hans Hollis.
In the portrait, which is taken from a contemporary work by Holgein, Henry is shown standing before a frieze of roses in the 'antique' style much favoured in the carvings and tapestries of the period. He is presented within a petal shaped device used frequently to frame portraits on medieval coins.
The cipher HR (Henry Rex) is taken from an elaborately engraved gun barrel of the time and all is enclosed within a rope border representing the Royal Navy.

The obverse design in the stunning portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley.
These legal tender coins have been struck to proof quality using specially prepared dies and highly polished blanks.


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