After decimalisation was introduced in the U.K. in 1971, the face value was kept at 25 new pence and later 25 pence (equivalent of five shillings/Crown), but the face value was not shown on any of these issues.
The first coins issued with the revised composition were in 1951 celebrating the “Festival of Britain”. Later, they were issued in 1953 commemorating the coronation of the present reigning Queen Elizabeth II with the Cupro-Nickel composition, then again in 1953 ( British Exhibition in New York), in 1965 (marking/mourning the “death of Winston Churchill”).
The term “FEDEI DEFENSOR” (Defender of the Faith) is used for Kings/Sovereigns while the term “FEDEI DEFENSATRIX” is the title given to a Queen. (Please refer my Post No. (53) “The story of the Australian Penny” posted on 12.02.12 - A reference link given at the bottom of this post). On either side of the Horse are two identical images of the Royal Crown with the inscription “E II R” (meaning Elizabeth II Regina). The coin is minted with a cupro-nickel composition.
The Obverse designer is Gilbert Ledward and the theme is “The Queen’s Coronation”.
I have purchased a five Pound Coin from the Royal Mint commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
On the reverse is her image as a young “Regina” (Queen) wearing only a laurel crown/wreath, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, (inspired by the famous design of Mary Gillick, which is also found on the Australian penny viz:"The story of the Australian Penny” mentioned two posts before on this blog).The inscription reads "DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS (MAY GOD GUIDE MY STEPS).
On the obverse is a present day image of the Queen designed by Ian Rank-Broadley too. The coin has the same specifications as the Crown.
Transformation of a two shilling coin (Florin) into the UK Ten Pence
Coins Commemorating London Olympics and Paralympic Games:
The story of the Australian penny:
1) Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo & Exile of Napoleon to St. Helena: (Part I) A One Crown commemorative coin brought out by Ascension Island
2) 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain: A 50 Pence coin issued by the Royal Mint, UK
3) Inspirations from Scottish History: The Legend of King Bruce & the Spider on Pound Banknotes
British Crown Dependencies:
4) Currency & Coinage of the States of Jersey
5) Currency & Coinage of the Bailliwick of Guernsey
6) Coinage of Gibraltar (A British Overseas Territory): An Uncirculated Decimal Coin Collection Set issued by the Tower Mint UK in 2010
7) Specimen Pound Banknotes from the States of Jersey
8) The Isle of Man: An Uncirculated Decimal Coin Collection set issued by Pobjoy Mint, UK in 2015
9) Currency & Coinage of Gibraltar (A British Overseas Territory)
10) Banknotes of the 2010 Series from the States of Jersey bearing identical Serial numbers across all denominations
11) Currency & Coinage of Bermuda
12) Postage Stamps: "Man of Steel": A Superman Movie: A set of stamps issued by the States of Jersey commemorating Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill, a local lad, who played Superman in the Movie
13) Gold Sovereigns minted by MMTC-PAMP in 2013 & 2014 in India under licence from the Royal Mint UK, bearing the "I" Mint Mark
14) Gold Half-Sovereigns struck in 2014 by MMTC-PAMP in India for the first time ever under licence from the Royal Mint, UK, bearing the "I" Mint Mark
15) A 20 Pound silver coin minted by the Royal Mint UK for the first time. The Reverse design depicts the familiar St. George slaying the dragon image seen on Gold Sovereigns
British India Coinage:
16) East India Company Quarter Anna coin which is one of the first issues under the Coinage Act 1835
17) Victoria Coinage : When she was Queen & afterwards Empress
18) Edward VII King & Emperor coinage
19) George V King Emperor coinage
20) George VI : The last of the british India Emperors
21) The British Empire : A Case of Numismatic "Segregation" (A Guest Post by Rahul Kumar)
Other British Royals:
22) Prince George's Christening Ceremony celebrated with coins issued by the Royal Mint, UK
23) Commemorating Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953: A Five Pound Coin issued by the Royal Mint, UK in 2013 showing the Imperial State Crown
24) Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations: A Five Pound Commemorative Coin issued by the Royal Mint UK in 2012
25) The Royal Coat of Arms of the UK: Great british 2012 Coin set (Uncirculated) issued by the Royal Mint, UK
26) 1) The Portrait collection: Various Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II on Coinage. 2) The 4th & Final circulating coinage of the portrait of QE II by Ian Rank-Broadley and the first edition of the queen's portrait made by Jody Clark, both struck in 2015
Some British coinage
27) Transformation of a Five Shilling Coin (Crown) into the UK Twenty-five pence and then the Five Pound coin
28) Transformation of a Two Shilling Coin (Florin) into the UK Ten Pence
29) The contribution of the Great British One Pound coins in keeping alive the historical legends/emblems/heritage of the United Kingdom (from 1983 onwards)
Other Commemorative Coins:
30) The 350th Anniversary of the Guinea: A Two Pound coin celebrating the milestone issued by the Royal Mint UK in 2013
31) Commemorating the 100th Birth Anniversary of Christopher Ironside with his Royal arms design on a 50 pence coin issued by the Royal Mint UK in 2013
32) Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground: Two Pound coins minted by the Rpyal Mint UK showing the "Roundel" logo and a train emerging from a tunnel
33) Commemorating the Bicentenary of Charles Dicken's birth with a two Pound coin celebrating his Literary contributions in the Victorian Era
34) Coins commemorating the London Olympics 2012 and London Paralympics 2012
35) Commemorating 50 Years of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with a 50 Pence coin issued by the Royal Mint, UK in 2012
36) An Alderney Five Pound Coin commemorating the Centenary of the ill-fated Titanic (15.04.2012)
37)Fort St. George, Chennai (Part I) : The Advent of the East India Co. in India & other related articles