1965 Churchill Crown Coins
The Winston Churchill crown coin was a commemorative coin issued in 1965.
History & Description
The Churchill commemorative crown coin was issued on March 16th 1965, only seven weeks following the death of Sir Winston Churchill. The coin features the first young portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, designed by Mary Gillick, and on the reverse is a sombre-looking portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, designed by Churchill’s favourite sculptor, Oscar Nemon.
The Churchill crown coin was the first coin issued in the United Kingdom to feature the head of a non-royal on the same coin as a monarch. Since 1965, only three other commemorative coins have had this distinction.
Guide for collectors
Since 1951, British crown coins have been made of copper nickel and as a result do not carry much value. However, the 1965 Churchill crown coin is an extremely popular coin among British coin collectors and therefore prices are slightly higher than usual.
In fully uncirculated condition, they may retail for around $5. For example, on September 24th 2011 at McKee Coins, Inc. in Ottumwa, Illinois, an individual 1965 Winston Churchill commemorative crown coin realised a price of $5.
There are numerous websites that offer valuable information for coin collectors. A few good examples that specialise in British commemorative coins include; Royal Mint, Coins Of The UK and London Mint Office.
Notable auction sales
On February 8th 2010 at PBA Galleries in San Francisco, California, a collection of twenty 1965 Winston Churchill commemorative crown coins realised a price of $150.
On March 28th 2012, a collection of fifty 1965 Winston Churchill commemorative crown coins was sold on eBay for £24.11.
On March 20th 2012, a collection of twenty-four 1965 Winston Churchill commemorative crown coins was sold on eBay for $40.
On March 4th 2012, a collection of forty 1965 Winston Churchill commemorative crown coins was sold on eBay for $30.