The 1960 Crown was struck to celebrate the British Exhibition in New York in 1960. Amongst other British manufacturers, the Royal Mint had a stand, on which they were demonstrating coins being struck. The coin struck was the 1960 crown, or five shilling piece, which was designed for the occasion.
Obverse & Reverse of 1960 Crown
Polished Die Prooflike Version
The coins struck at the exhibition were made using polished dies, normally used only for proof coins, although the raised parts of the design were not matt finish, as is typical of proofs, and most of these coins are found with bagmarks, as it appears that all the unsold coins were bagged up and shipped back to the UK. Because of this, perfect examples of the polished die version are hard to find.
The first (young) portrait of the Queen facing right, designed by Mary Gillick.
ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F D
Crown in centre of emblematical cross, formed from a thistle, rose, leek and shamrock. In the angles, there are four shields bearing the arms of Scotland, England and Ireland.
This is the same reverse design as used on the coronation crown of 1953, but with the date changed.
The edge is milled
Denomination (face value) Five Shillings
Version Alloy Weight Mintage
Uncirculated Cupro-Nickel 28.28 grams 1,024,000
Prooflike Cupro-Nickel 28.28 grams 70,000
VIP Proof Cupro-Nickel 28.28 grams Unknown
We believe this coin is consistently under-rated in most catalogues. Its mintage is less than one fifth that of the similarly catalogued 1953 crown.
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