Being legal tender coins of the UK, all eight coins in the set feature the faithful likeness of The Queen created by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
The Royal Arms
New designs for the circulating coins from the 1p to the £1 were unveiled in 2008. Celebrating Britain’s ancient royal heritage, they focus entirely on the shield of the Royal Arms, a powerful symbol of monarchy used on the coinage since the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). The 1p to the 50p reveal the shield when arranged correctly while the £1 coin features the shield in its entirety.
When it was introduced in 1997, the definitive £2 coin was the first bi-colour coin of the UKi. Its reverse design, created by Bruce Rushin, celebrates the march of technology from the Iron Age to the Internet.
The central design features the decorative whorls familiar in Ancient Celtic art and surrounding this is a circle of cogs and wheels symbolising the Industrial revolution.
The twentieth century computer age completes the design, the third cupro-nickel circle depicting a pattern derived from silicon chips and the outer ring of nickel-brass representing the Internet. As a whole, the design is an evocative reminder that developments in technology have been built on the accomplishments of previous generations, an acknowledgement that is also summed up in the words chosen for the edge inscription, words of Isaac Newton: 'if I have seen further it is by STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS'.
All aspects of the coins’ designs reflect tradition combined with modernity, just as many marriages these days do. This is just one of the reasons why the 2013 Wedding Coin Set makes the ideal gift to give to family and friends. The Royal Mint have a range of other wedding gifts to choose from so that whatever your budget you can find the perfect unique gift.