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Great Britain. Royal Mint
Festival of Britain crown piece.
Great Britain : Royal Mint, 1951.
Physical Description:
1 coin : cupronickel ; 4 cm in diameter
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DA22.A1 F4 1951 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
The coin is accompanied by a small printed sheet: "Festival of Britain crown piece. The first English Silver Crown piece was minted in 1551. Four hundred years later, on the occasion of the Festival of Britain, the Royal Mint has issued a Crown piece, bearing on its edge the Latin inscription MDCCCLI CIVIUM INDUSTRIA FLORET CIVITAS MCMLI -- 1851 By the industry of its people the State flourishes 1951."
Obverse: Head of the King facing left. GEORGIVS IV D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: Below: FIVE SHILLINGS. Reverse: Equestrian figure of St. George (facing right) slaying the dragon. In exergue: 1951.
The figures of George and the dragon are from a design by Benedetto Pistrucci, first used in the Mint's new gold sovereign of 1817.
In original maroon slipcase, stamped "Festival of Britain, 1951" on top.
Subject Terms:
Exhibitions -- England -- London -- 1951.
Festival of Britain (1951 : Great Britain)
George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952.
Crowns (coins)
Coins (money)
Pistrucci, Benedetto, 1783-1855, artist.

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