New coin issued to mark House of Windsor centenary
Among the commemorative coins available are a £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin, a £5 Silver Proof Coin and a £5 22-carat Gold Proof Coin.
The centenary of the House of Windsor has been commemorated with a new coin.
The Royal Family’s name was radically switched 100 years ago in 1917 because of anti-German feeling during the First World War.
King George V decided that it was inappropriate for the royals to hold the German name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha – which came to the family in 1840 with the marriage of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert – while Britain was fighting Germany.
On July 17 1917, the king issued a royal proclamation changing the royals’ house and surname, declaring that they would “be styled and known as the House and Family of Windsor”.
Windsor Castle – one of the Queen’s favourite retreats – was built in the 11th century and is the oldest and largest continually occupied castle in Europe.
The Royal Mint’s £5 coins feature the Castle’s Round Tower flying the Royal Standard, surrounded by sprigs of oak.
The image is based on the Badge of the House of Windsor – originally approved by the Queen’s father George VI.
Among the commemorative coins available are a £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin, which costs £13, a £5 Silver Proof Coin for £82.50 and a £5 22-carat Gold Proof Coin, priced at £1,945.
The House of Windsor has seen four monarchs so far – George V, Edward VIII, George VI and the nation’s longest reigning monarch Elizabeth II.
But it also experienced the abdication crisis in 1936 when Edward VIII gave up the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
After her accession, the Queen declared that the Royal Family’s surname would still be Windsor and not Mountbatten, much to the Duke of Edinburgh’s annoyance.
“I’m just a bloody amoeba,” he is said to have shouted, when learning his children would not bear his surname.
He later won a concession in 1960 when it was announced that the Queen’s direct descendants, other than those with the style of Royal Highness and the title of Prince or Princess, when they needed a surname would use Mountbatten-Windsor – although the royal house remains the House of Windsor.