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  • The Royal Mint announce five new designs that will appear on British coins in 2021
  • New coins will celebrate milestones including Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th Birthday and the 50th anniversary of Decimalisation

The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, has today revealed five new coin designs for 2021 - celebrating British milestones, anniversaries and moments in the upcoming year. 

The new commemorative coins are available in The Royal Mint’s ‘Annual Set’, and celebrate key events such as Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Decimalisation. Each of the coins features a design by a commissioned artist, and brings a milestone to life on a £5, £2 or 50 pence coin. The 2021 Annual Set will commemorate;

  • The 95th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen on a £5
  • 250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott on a £2
  • The life and work of John Logie Baird on a 50p
  • The 50th Anniversary of Decimal Day 2021 on a 50p
  • The life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 on a £2

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of the Consumer Division at The Royal Mint said, “Each year The Royal Mint unveils a series of commemorative coins to celebrate key moments and milestones that helped shape Britain. This year’s annual set marks some of the biggest anniversaries in 2021, including Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday and John Logie Baird’s legacy of innovation. Each coin is a miniature work of art and has been designed as a treasured keepsake or gift. 

“This year’s Annual Set is particularly special for The Royal Mint as we celebrate one of the biggest milestones in our 1,100-year history – the anniversary of Decimalisation. This was one of the largest and most intensive public awareness campaigns ever staged by the government, and introduced the coins that we know today. Decimalisation was the birth of modern coin collecting, and it is fitting that the anniversary has been celebrated on a 50 pence – which is Britain’s most loved coin.”

About the 2021 designs:

  • Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday: This special £5 coin celebrates a remarkable milestone, making Queen Elizabeth II the first British monarch to reach such a grand age. During her reign The Royal Mint has created five different effigies of Her Majesty The Queen documenting her reign, and she resides on every British coin in circulation.
  • 50th anniversary of Decimalisation: This landmark moment introduced the coins we use today, and was Britain’s biggest peacetime operation. It marks a special anniversary in The Royal Mint’s own 1,100-year history and has been commemorated on a 50p coin. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Decimal Day 50p coin features the second effigy of Her Majesty The Queen on its obverse - this portrait was created by Arnold Machin RA for decimalisation to mark the transition and help people identify the new coinage. The reverse design was created by Royal Mint employee Dominique Evans. This coin featuring the Queen’s second effigy is only available as part of the annual set.
  • 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott: Recognised as one of the most influential Scots in history, Sir Walter Scott is renowned for his contribution to literature with a number of novels and poems, many of which remain literary classics to this day. 250 years on from his birth, Scott’s incredible literary legacy will be commemorated £2 coin.
  • 75th anniversary of the death of John Logie Baird: A prolific inventor and famous for his early prototypes of television, John Logie Baird’s work changed society and entertainment around the world. The Royal Mint is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the death of John Logie Baird on a commemorative 50p coin which celebrates the inventor and his creations.
  • 75th anniversary of the death of H.G Wells: Best known for science fiction novels such as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, G Wells is renowned for his ability to bring science fiction to life through his work, earning him nicknames such as the ‘father of science fiction’. Seventy-five years on from his death, The Royal Mint celebrates the life and work of H.G Wells on a commemorative coin with a design that captures iconic images from Well’s work, including The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man.

The commemorative set will be available to purchase from www.royalmint.com in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes, prices start from £30.

 

The 2021 United Kingdom Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Set

Coin title

50th Anniversary of Decimal Day 2021 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin

Celebrating the life and work of John Logie Baird 2021 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin

Celebrating the life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin

250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott 2021 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin

The 95th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen 2021 UK £5 Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

50p

50p

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

916.7 Au - Red

916.7 Au - Red

Inner:  916.7 Au Yellow Gold, Outer:  916.7 Au Red Gold

Inner:  916.7 Au Yellow Gold, Outer:  916.7 Au Red Gold

916.7 Au - Red

Weight

15.50g

15.50g

15.97g

15.97g

39.94g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Arnold Machin

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Dominique Evans

Osborne Ross

Chris Costello

Stephen Raw

Timothy Noad

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

GOOD BOOKS ARE THE WAREHOUSES OF IDEAS

THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE

FULL OF HONOUR AND YEARS

Limited Edition Presentation

95

RRP

£7,100

 

The 2021 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Commemorative Coin Set

Coin title

50th Anniversary of Decimal Day 2021 UK 50p Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

Celebrating the life and work of John Logie Baird 2021 UK 50p Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

Celebrating the life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott 2021 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

The 95th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen 2021 UK £5 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

Denomination

50p

50p

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Inner - 925 Ag/ Outer - 925 Ag plated with fine gold

Inner - 925 Ag/ Outer - 925 Ag plated with fine gold

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Weight

16.00g

16.00g

24.00g

24.00g

56.56g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Arnold Machin

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Dominique Evans

Osborne Ross

Chris Costello

Stephen Raw

Timothy Noad

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

GOOD BOOKS ARE THE WAREHOUSES OF IDEAS

THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE

FULL OF HONOUR AND YEARS

Limited Edition Presentation

300

RRP

£587.50

 

The 2020 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set

Coin title

50th Anniversary of Decimal Day 2021 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin

Celebrating the life and work of John Logie Baird 2021 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin

Celebrating the life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin

250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott 2021 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin

The 95th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen 2021 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin

Denomination

50p

50p

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Inner - 925 Ag/ Outer - 925 Ag plated with fine gold

Inner - 925 Ag/ Outer - 925 Ag plated with fine gold

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Weight

8.00g

8.00g

12.00g

12.00g

28.28g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Arnold Machin

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Dominique Evans

Osborne Ross

Chris Costello

Stephen Raw

Timothy Noad

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

GOOD BOOKS ARE THE WAREHOUSES OF IDEAS

THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE

FULL OF HONOUR AND YEARS

Limited Edition Presentation

550

RRP

£640.00

 

Coin title

1p Silver Proof

2p Silver Proof

5p Silver Proof

10p Silver Proof

20p Silver Proof

50p Silver proof

£1 Silver Proof

£2 Silver Proof

Denomination

1p

2p

5p

10p

20p

50p

£1

£2

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Inner - 925 Sterling Silver/Outer - 925 Sterling Silver Plated with Fine Gold

Inner - 925 Sterling Silver/Outer - 925 Sterling Silver Plated with Fine Gold

Weight

3.564g

7.128g

3.25g

6.50g

5.00g

8.00g

10.47g

12.00g

Diameter

20.32mm

25.91mm

18.00mm

24.50mm

21.40mm

27.30mm

23.03mm

28.40mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

David Pearce

Antony Dufort

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

QUATUOR MARIA VINDICO

 

The 2021 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set

Coin title

50th Anniversary of Decimal Day 2021 UK 50p Proof Coin

Celebrating the life and work of John Logie Baird 2021 UK 50p Proof Coin

Celebrating the life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 UK £2 Proof Coin

250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott 2021 UK £2 Proof Coin

The 95th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen 2021 UK £5 Proof Coin

Denomination

50p

50p

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Cupro-nickel

Cupro-nickel

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Cupro-nickel

Weight

8.00g

8.00g

12.00g

12.00g

28.28g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Arnold Machin

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Dominique Evans

Osborne Ross

Chris Costello

Stephen Raw

Timothy Noad

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

GOOD BOOKS ARE THE WAREHOUSES OF IDEAS

THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

2,500

RRP

£210.00

 

Coin title

1p Base Proof

2p Base Proof

5p Base Proof

10p Base Proof

20p Base Proof

50p Base Proof

£1 Base Proof

£2 Base Proof

Denomination

1p

2p

5p

10p

20p

50p

£1

£2

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Copper-plated steel

Copper-plated steel

Nickel-Plated Steel

Nickel-Plated Steel

Cupro-nickel

Cupro-nickel

Inner - Nickel-plated nickel brass/Outer - Nickel Brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel /Outer - Nickel Brass

Weight

3.564g

7.128g

3.25g

6.50g

5.00g

8.00g

8.75g

12.00g

Diameter

20.32mm

25.91mm

18.00mm

24.50mm

21.40mm

27.30mm

23.03mm

28.40mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

David Pearce

Antony Dufort

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

QUATUOR MARIA VINDICO

 

Coin title

Premium Medal

Alloy

Nickel Brass

Weight

11.95g

Diameter

28.53mm

Obverse Designer

The Royal Mint Coin Design Team

Reverse Designer

Quality

Proof

 

The 2021 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set

Coin title

50th Anniversary of Decimal Day 2021 UK 50p Proof Coin

Celebrating the life and work of John Logie Baird 2021 UK 50p Proof Coin

Celebrating the life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 UK £2 Proof Coin

250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott 2021 UK £2 Proof Coin

The 95th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen 2021 UK £5 Proof Coin

Denomination

50p

50p

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Cupro-nickel

Cupro-nickel

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Cupro-nickel

Weight

8.00g

8.00g

12.00g

12.00g

28.28g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Arnold Machin

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Dominique Evans

Osborne Ross

Chris Costello

Stephen Raw

Timothy Noad

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

GOOD BOOKS ARE THE WAREHOUSES OF IDEAS

THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

7,000

RRP

£155.00

 

Coin title

1p Base Proof

2p Base Proof

5p Base Proof

10p Base Proof

20p Base Proof

50p Base Proof

£1 Base Proof

£2 Base Proof

Denomination

1p

2p

5p

10p

20p

50p

£1

£2

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Copper-plated steel

Copper-plated steel

Nickel-Plated Steel Base

Nickel-Plated Steel Base

Cupro-nickel

Cupro-nickel

Inner - Nickel-plated nickel brass/Outer - Nickel Brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel /Outer - Nickel Brass

Weight

3.564g

7.128g

3.25g

6.50g

5.00g

8.00g

8.75g

12.00g

Diameter

20.32mm

25.91mm

18.00mm

24.50mm

21.40mm

27.30mm

23.03mm

28.40mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

MattDent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

David Pearce

Antony Dufort

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

QUATUOR MARIA VINDICO

 

Coin title

Base Proof Medal

Alloy

Nickel-Brass

Weight

10.06g

Diameter

25.40mm

Obverse Designer

Kerry Davies

 

Reverse Designer

Quality

Proof

 

The 2021 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Definitive Coin Set

Coin title

1p Brilliant Uncirculated

2p Brilliant Uncirculated

5p Brilliant Uncirculated

10p Brilliant Uncirculated

20p Brilliant Uncirculated

50p Brilliant Uncirculated

£1 Brilliant Uncirculated

£2  Brilliant Uncirculated

Denomination

1p

2p

5p

10p

20p

50p

£1

£2

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Copper-plated steel

Copper-plated steel

Nickel-Plated Steel Base

Nickel-Plated Steel Base

Cu/Ni

Cu/Ni

Inner - Nickel-plated nickel brass/Outer - Nickel Brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/Outer - Nickel Brass

Weight

3.564g

7.128g

3.25g

6.50g

5.00g

8.00g

8.75g

12.00g

Diameter

20.32mm

25.91mm

18.00mm

24.50mm

21.40mm

27.30mm

23.03mm

28.40mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

David Pearce

Antony Dufort

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

QUATUOR MARIA VINDICO

LEP

Unlimited

RRP

£30.00

 

The 2021 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set

Coin title

50th Anniversary of Decimal Day 2021 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Celebrating the life and work of John Logie Baird 2021 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Celebrating the life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott 2021 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The 95th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen 2021 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Denomination

50p

50p

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Cupro-nickel

Cupro-nickel

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Cupro-nickel

Weight

8.00g

8.00g

12.00g

12.00g

29.29g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Arnold Machin

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Dominique Evans

Osborne Ross

Chris Costello

Stephen Raw

Timothy Noad

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

GOOD BOOKS ARE THE WAREHOUSES OF IDEAS

THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

RRP

£55.00

 

Coin title

1p Brilliant Uncirculated

2p Brilliant Uncirculated

5p Brilliant Uncirculated

10p Brilliant Uncirculated

20p Brilliant Uncirculated

50p Brilliant Uncirculated

£1 Brilliant Uncirculated

£2  Brilliant Uncirculated

Denomination

1p

2p

5p

10p

20p

50p

£1

£2

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Copper-plated steel

Copper-plated steel

Nickel-Plated Steel Base

Nickel-Plated Steel Base

Cu/Ni

Cu/Ni

Inner - Nickel-plated nickel brass/Outer - Nickel Brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/Outer - Nickel Brass

Weight

3.564g

7.128g

3.25g

6.50g

5.00g

8.00g

8.75g

12.00g

Diameter

20.32mm

25.91mm

18.00mm

24.50mm

21.40mm

27.30mm

23.03mm

28.40mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

Matt Dent

David Pearce

Antony Dufort

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Edge Lettering

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

QUATUOR MARIA VINDICO

 

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About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.

Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.

The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history - authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:

Precious Metals

Throughout history The Royal Mint’s name has been synonymous with precious metals and bullion. The organisation trades physical and digital precious metal worldwide and has a global network of distributor partners.

Consumer coin division

The organisation runs a thriving commemorative coin business, gifting, and a collector services division retailing historic coins, an authentication and valuation service and secure storage.

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year.

 

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