In 1965, the Royal Mint issued a British crown (five shilling coin) to commemorate Sir Winston Spencer Churchill. We provide a brief description and photographs.
Obverse & Reverse of 1965 Churchill Crown
Churchill 1874 - 1965
Following the death of the great man, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, in 1965, a commemorative crown was issued in his honour and memory.
Renowned throughout the world as a great statesman, and described as "the greatest living Englishman", Churchill was a man of many talents.
Born at Blenheim Palace at Woodstock in Oxfordshire, he was the eldest son of Lord Randolph Churchill. Educated at Harrow and Sandhurst Military Academy.
Military service included Malakand and the Nile. During the Boer war, as a war journalist, he was captured but escaped.
He served as a Member of Parliament for all three major political parties, entering Parliament in 1900, and held various important positions including Colonial Under-Secretary, President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War and Air, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Prime Minister at least twice, and still remained as a back bencher after 1955.
He was a talented painter, a union card carrying bricklayer, editor of the British Gazette, and author of a number of important books, including "History of the English Speaking Peoples" in 4 volumes.
He had a supreme command of the English language, both as an orator and a writer, and is credited with many witty remarks and quotations.
His perceptive vision of world politics was one of his outstanding qualities, which combined with his leadership, helped to ensure that Britain survived the Second World War.
There are many stories about his intensely rich, human and vivid personality. His abiding qualities included courage, imagination, passion, magnanimity and foresight. His love of good cigars, vintage wines and fine brandy have become legendary.
With the issue of the 1965 Commemorative crown, he became the first commoner to be portrayed on a British coin.
The first (young) portrait of the Queen facing right, designed by Mary Gillick.
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A sombre-looking portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, in a siren suit.
We are sure that Churchill himself would have been the first to admit that he was not pretty, his portrait on this crown is not exactly flattering. It is in quite low relief, and we believe it to be one of the least attractive British coins ever issued.
Quite what Churchill would have made of our comments, we will never know, but this was a very popular coin issue at the time, and over 9 million were issued!
Reverse inscription: CHURCHILL
We have seen Chuchill crowns described on eBay as rare, fabulous, magnificent, and a few other hyperbolic epithets. While this are all adjectives which could very fairly be applied to Churchill himself, we do not feel that any of them accurately describe the coin itself, but then we suppose the small-time dealers and individuals selling these on eBay perhaps feel they ought to use some sales talk in their description. We think it is both sad and amusing at the same time that people feel the need to exaggerate the merits of anything they are trying to sell. These people probably tell you their coin is mint condition as well (does that mean it has a hole in it?).
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