The James Bond Shaken Not Stirred coin is the 3rd and final coin in the set to commemorate the release of the 25th James Bond Film. There are collectors of James Bond memorabilia all over the World, so this coin is bound to prove popular, as will the other two coins in this set.
History of the coin
The £5 coin is not released in to circulation, but it is used to commemorate special people and events. The coin is known as a crown, and had a value of 25p, or 5 shillings. The first £5 coin worth £5 was issued to commemorate the 90th birthday of the Queen Mother in 1990.
Although the coins are released as commemorative coins only, they are legal tender. Not all banks will accept them though, and most collectors wish to hold on to them.
About James Bond
James Bond is a fictional British spy who was created by Ian Fleming.
Bond’s code name is 007 and he works for MI6. He drives a fast car, likes his Martinis ‘shaken not stirred’, as it says on this coin.
The first Bond novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953, and Fleming wrote 12 novels and 2 collections of short stories.
The first Bond film was aired on Television in 1954 and was an adaptation of Casino Royale. The first official Bond story released in the cinemas was Dr No, in 1962. Since then, 24 films have been released, with the 25th due out.
6 actors have played James Bond in the official film series, with many other actors playing him for TV and radio adaptations. The character is known and loved all over the World, and he was even part of the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
How many James Bond Shaken not Stirred coins were made?
The James Bond Shaken not Stirred coin is only available as a commemorative coin, so numbers are limited. None have been released in to circulation.
Design and Designer
The coin has a picture of James Bond in a tuxedo, from the neck down. The end of the 007 logo appears on the left hand side, and the words ‘shaken not stirred’ are at the bottom.
- Obverse design:
Jody Clark’s most recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
- Designer: Matt Dent / Christian Davies
Matt Dent and Christian Davies run a graphic design agency called Bison Bison.
While this is Christian’s first coin design, Matt has previously designed several coins for the Royal Mint, and created the current design for the new coin set, which collectively make up the Royal Coat of Arms. His other designs include the Charles Dickens £2 and the World Wildlife Fund 50p.
Bison Bison have won awards for their work, including D&AD Black Pencil and Yellow Pencil awards and a Cannes Media Bronze Lion. They have many high profile clients including JSBC, Coca-Cola and Bloomsbury.
The James Bond Shaken not Stirred Crown is available as Brilliant Uncirculated Coins, and as Limited Edition coins.
- Brilliant uncirculated colour coins are available
- 1007 Quarter Ounce Gold Proof coins were produced
- 15,007 Half Ounce Silver Proof coins were produced
- 7,007 One Ounce Silver Proof coins were produced