The new UK circulating coin designs for 2013

10 Jan 2013

The Royal Mint is delighted to announce the new UK coins for 2013, all of which will make their way into purses and pockets throughout the year.

The six new coin designs have been introduced to mark historically significant events:

  • - a 50p coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of decimal coin designer Christopher Ironside,
  • - two new £1 coins in honour of England and Wales in a year that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the £1 coin,
  • - a £2 coin for the 350th anniversary of the famous Guinea
  • - and two £2 coins to mark the milestone of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.

The 2013 New Circulating Coin Designs

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Christopher Ironside 2013 UK 50p Coin

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Christopher Ironside, the designer of the UK’s first decimal coinage, the 50p coin for 2013 features a design that was developed in the 1960s but never used - until now.

The Floral 2013 UK £1 Coins for England and Wales

2013 sees the 30th anniversary of the first £1 coin and in this significant year The Royal Mint is issuing two new £1 coins. Designed by Timothy Noad, each of the designs of the new £1 coins pairs iconic national symbols on UK coinage for the first time; an oak branch with an acorn and a rose for England, and a leek with a daffodil for the coin representing Wales.

The 350th Anniversary of the Guinea 2013 UK £2 Coin

The Royal Mint has struck this 2013 UK £2 coin to mark the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the first striking of the Guinea; a UK circulation coin ‘first’ as the anniversary of one coin is celebrated on another. Created by Anthony Smith ARBS, the design is inspired by the heraldic shield of the Royal Arms used on the well-known Spade Guinea of George III.

The 150th Anniversary of the London Underground 2013 UK Coins

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the London Underground and to celebrate The Royal Mint has struck two £2 coins designed by internationally acclaimed designers. The ‘Train’ coin, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who designed the iconic London 2012 Olympic Torch, depicts the front of the familiar Tube train emerging from a tunnel. The ‘Roundel’ coin which has been created by British designer Edwina Ellis, bears the London Underground logo which first appeared on Underground station platforms in 1908. It is estimated that the coins will be available through the London Underground network from late January.

The obverse of all UK coins for 2013 features the current portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.

Each of the UK 2013 coins is available to purchase now from The Royal Mint’s website. The coins are available as individual commemorative issues and as complete sets, struck to Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof quality.