Proclamations

2009-10-23Coinage Act 1971TSO (The Stationery Office), St Crispins, Duke Street, Norwich, NR3 1PD, 01603 622211, customer.services@tso.co.uk71311101/71101/7

A PROCLAMATION

DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGNS FOR A FIVE-POUND SILVER COIN ILLUSTRATING THE THEME OF THE BODY OF BRITAIN

ELIZABETH R.

Whereas under section 3(1)(a), (b), (cc) and (d) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to determine the denomination, the design and dimensions of coins to be made at Our Mint, to determine the weight and composition of coins other than gold coins or coins of silver of Our Maundy money and the remedy to be allowed in making such coins:

And Whereas under section 3(1)(ff) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to direct that any coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount:

And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that, to illustrate the theme of the Body of Britain, there should be made at Our Mint a coin of the denomination of five pounds in silver:

We, therefore, in pursuance of the said section 3(1)(a), (b), (cc), (d) and (ff), and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, proclaim, direct and ordain as follows:

SILVER COIN

1. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of five pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 28.276 grammes, a standard diameter of 38.608 millimetres, a standard composition of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, and being circular in shape.
(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, composition or dimensions specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:
(a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.13 grammes;
(b) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver; and
(c) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin.
(3) The design of the said silver coin shall be as follows:

 ‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH • II • D • G • REG • F • D • FIVE POUNDS • 2010”, and for the reverse either:

(a) a depiction of Rhossili Bay accompanied by the London 2012 logo, printed onto the surface in coloured ink, and a quotation from William Blake, “To see a world in a grain of sand”;
(b) a depiction of Giant’s Causeway accompanied by the London 2012 logo, printed onto the surface in coloured ink, and a quotation from Alice Oswald, “When the stone began to dream”;
(c) a depiction of the River Thames accompanied by the London 2012 logo, printed onto the surface in coloured ink, and a quotation from Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Tameless, and swift, and proud”;
(d) a depiction of a barn owl accompanied by the London 2012 logo, printed onto the surface in coloured ink, and a quotation from Samuel Johnson, “The natural flights of the human mind”;
(e) a depiction of oak leaves and an acorn accompanied by the London 2012 logo, printed onto the surface in coloured ink, and a quotation from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “To strive, to seek… and not to yield”; or
(f) a depiction of a weather-vane accompanied by the London 2012 logo, printed onto the surface in coloured ink, and a quotation from Charlotte Brontë, “Never may a cloud come o’er the sunshine of your mind”.

 The coin shall have a graining upon the edge’.

 (4) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

2. This Proclamation shall come into force on the sixteenth day of October Two thousand and nine.

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this fifteenth day of October in the year of our Lord Two thousand and nine and in the fifty-eighth year of Our Reign.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN