The Royal Mint has this week unveiled a new commemorative 50p as part of the Platinum Jubilee coin collection.
It’s the first collectable UK 50p to celebrate a Royal event.
Marking a special 70 years on the throne, the coin – which has been designed by artist John Bergdahl, and also features the number 70 along with The Queen’s cypher designed by Osborne Ross on the opposite side – depicts Queen Elizabeth II on horseback and will be struck on the ‘heads’ side of a new 50p and also a traditional £5 crown.
The Royal Mint said that the new coin is “reminiscent of the equestrian designs for the 1953 Coronation and 2002 Jubilee crown pieces”, and has been personally approved by the Queen.
The collectable 50p coin with the new design is now available for £7 at The Royal Mint.
Speaking on the launch of the coins, Clare Maclennan – Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint – said: “The Platinum Jubilee is an historic occasion and one that is particularly special for The Royal Mint, as the original maker of British Coins for 1,100 years.
“In celebration of this landmark event, the official Platinum Jubilee collection, including the new 50p and traditional £5 crown, features a unique commemorative design on both sides of the coin. Designed by esteemed artists and made with original craftsmanship, Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee coins are enduring pieces of art that will be collected, cherished and passed down for generations.
“The Platinum Jubilee 50p commemorates a remarkable 70 years on the throne.”
Chris Barker – Museum Historian at The Royal Mint – added: “The Queen’s legacy on coins stretches the length of her momentous reign, with The Royal Mint striking five definitive portraits of Her Majesty on official UK coin and celebrating previous Jubilees.
“The 1977 Silver Jubilee crown was the first major UK commemorative coin produced at The Royal Mint, with roughly 37 million coins produced at that time, and thousands were gifted to children across the UK as a memento of the occasion.
“Today’s launch marks another significant milestone, and The Royal Mint plays a proud part in the nationwide celebrations.”
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