Gold Crown coins are a rare alternative to the popular, and more traditional, silver Crown. These early gold Crown coins were minted in the 16th and 17th centuries. 22 carat gold was for many years globally known as ‘crown gold’ thanks to these coins; the golden Crowns were made of 22 out of 24 parts gold, the rest almost always being made from copper.
The Crown is a popular coin amongst numismatic collectors, and these gold versions are unique examples of the coin. As with the silver Crowns, gold Half-Crowns were also produced.
The Crown coin was originally called the “crown of the double rose”, but soon became popularly known as the Crown. The coin was circulated in England, and was introduced during the reign of King Henry VIII, as part of a monetary reform. The gold Crown coin was valued at five shillings, and is today considered a £5 coin, or quintuple sovereign.
The silver crown soon became the more popular choice, already in production in 1551 during the reign of King Edward VI. Crowns were still occasionally minted in gold though for over 200 years – eventually being discontinued in 1662.