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The Portrait of Britain Collection

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  • Four 925 sterling silver Proof £5 coins
  • Attractive, colour-printed design, reminiscent of impressionist paintings
  • Accompanied by a fascinating booklet
Product code: BISET1
Limited Edition Presentation: 3,500


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A four-coin set to celebrate iconic British greats

A Portrait of Britain

Celebrate the world-renowned landmarks of the United Kingdom with the Portrait of Britain Collection – a quartet of eye-catching silver Proof £5 coins celebrating outstanding design, engineering and culture. This splendid set is housed in a distinguished Royal Mint case with a stylish and fascinating booklet on the inspirations behind these designs and the story of the icons themselves. A Certificate of Authenticity confirms that, unlike other souvenirs, these are official United Kingdom coins.

About the Collection

Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square – four very British Icons – are famous symbols of outstanding British design, engineering and culture. Two of The Royal Mint’s talented engravers, Laura Clancy and Glyn Davies, have captured these familiar sights with a new perspective. Their designs have an impressionistic feel, depicting the icons through the eyes of the visitor, obscured by the everyday – weather, crowds or location. These stunning silver Proof coins have been colour-printed using trichromatic techniques to enhance the designs, highlighting wet-weather scenes or adding the touch of sunshine to a statue.

The four crown-sized coins – larger than any circulating coin with an impressive diameter of over 36 millimetres ­­– are presented and protected in an elegant Royal Mint case. A stylishly designed booklet reveals the hidden story and interesting facts about each icon and reveals the designers’ inspirations. Unlike other mementoes these coins are official UK coins (confirmed by a Certificate of Authenticity) and make the perfect gift for those with in interest in Britain’s culture, history and architectural design or a great addition to any collection. Act quickly for there are only 3,500 sets to meet UK and international demand.

This is not the first time The Royal Mint has celebrated British architecture. A series of bridge designs created by Edwina Ellis graced the £1 coin from 2004 to 2007. They celebrated engineering excellence in the form of the famous bridges of the home nations – England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Yet Laura Clancy and Glyn Davies have breathed new life into the tradition with their impressionist designs, depicting these familiar icons in a new perspective. These stunning designs lend themselves to colour-printing, which has further enhanced the contemporary feel, as Laura Clancy explains,

“We wanted to achieve something quite different to things that had been done before. We modelled in clay rather than the more traditional plaster - this softer material allowed us to create a more fluid model, more like a sketch than a photo, but in 3D. At The Royal Mint, we hand work all our master tools, but for these tools we added texture, something that would add to the sense of mood and the feeling of weather. Finally, once the coins were struck, colour was added.  The British Icons coins are not a literal representation but express the transient effects of light and colour on a location.  Throughout the process, we have been aiming for an impression of the subject, a moment in time - the modelling to convey the place, the colour and treatment of the metal to convey time and mood.”

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What a beautiful set

Rated 5 out of 5

I just received my set and it is another beautiful set TRM produced. Being there couple years ago and now holding the set gave me tremendous pleasure! A great addition to anyone's collection or a gift to a dear friend alike.

I really enjoy having it...

Only issue is the coins fell out of the holder during the shipping. A hard box is a great improvement on TRM side.


Rated 5 out of 5

Like others have said, I am not normally into coloured coins. I was a little sceptic to start with, but went ahead and ordered them. After opening the box today, all I have to say is wow! They are absolutely stunning. The subtlety of the colouring, quality of presentation, packaging etc all superb! They definitely look much better in your hands, than in the pictures. Chuffed is an understatement! Well done RM.

simply beautiful

Rated 5 out of 5

This item isn't the usual type of "coins" I collect but once I saw their picture I had to have this set. Now that I have them in person I'm so happy that I chose to purchase them. They are simply beautiful to behold price is a little steep but once they're sold out try to get them at this price, I bet it'd be impossible.

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