In 2005 the Royal Mint issued a series of Silver Proof Five Pound Coins on behalf of
Guernsey to celebrate our rich Naval History.
HMS Ark Royal, the flag ship of our British Fleet, was named in honour of the English Fleet
that defeated the Spanish Armada.
HMS Ark Royal was commissioned in 1938, and was the third ship in the Royal Navy
to bear this famous name.
She was designed to incorporate her flight deck as part of her structure
and she became the first fleet carrier to adopt this ‘flat top’ design.
She was capable of carrying six squadrons totalling over 60 aircraft.
In the second World War, she was deployed to the South Atlantic.
In May 1941 HMS Ark Royal played a crucial role in the hunt for the German Battleship
the Bismarck, she deployed two swordfish torpedo bombers, which hit the giant battleship
wrecking the Bismarck’s steering allowing other British warships to close in and sink her.
This coin comes complete with Information card
Metal: .925% Silver
Weight: 28.28 Grams
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Denomination: Five Pound