The Royal Mint Unveils Monumental Coin Designs for 2020

The historic sailing of the Mayflower, VE Day and King George III’s reign are all commemorated this year alongside Team GB and Dame Agatha Christie

The Royal Mint has unveiled new designs that will be appearing on British coins throughout 2020, each telling a monumental story that has helped to shape Britain as we know it today.

The dynamic range of coins represent iconic moments in British history, literature and culture, with coins commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Voyage of the Mayflower, the 75th anniversary of VE Day, 200 years since the reign of George III ended and 100 years of Agatha Christie’s detective novels. In the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer, Team GB is also recognised on a 50p coin. 

With 2020 marking 200 years since the end of King George III’s reign, his time on the throne will be marked with a new £5 coin. His period of rule saw sweeping change, including the loss of the American colonies, and also the acquisition of a number of overseas territories which formed the foundation of Britain’s nineteenth-century empire. Two centuries after his death, he will be recognised on UK coinage for his contribution in making Britain more prosperous and democratic than ever before.

To mark 100 years since Dame Agatha Christie published her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the ‘Queen of Crime’ will be commemorated on a £2 coin for the first time. Having sold over two billion copies of her stories, she is considered to be one of the most successful authors in the world, and this coin will celebrate her legacy of defining the golden age of crime fiction. 

One of the most important days in British – and European – history, VE Day, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. 8th May 1945 saw the beginning of the end of the Second World War, the six-year conflict that cost millions of lives and shaped the future of countries and continents. Following news of the Third Reich’s surrender, spontaneous street parties and celebrations across the country lasted long into the night. 75 years later, this £2 coin will remember the first steps towards lasting peace.

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the extraordinary Voyage of the Mayflower, this £2 coin marks the long, dangerous journey that took 102 men, women and children from Plymouth, England, to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Following their first harvest in 1621, the original Thanksgiving feast was held and the spirit of the pilgrims still remains in the annual American national celebration.

After the country’s biggest medal haul in Rio 2016, when 366 members of Team GB’s Olympic team competed to bring home 67 medals, Team GB will be commemorated on a unique new 50p coin ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. As one of only three countries to have competed in every single summer and winter Olympic Games, Team GB continues to push boundaries and inspire people to achieve their personal best.

Nicola Howell, Chief Commercial Officer at The Royal Mint, said: “Our 2020 Annual Set commemorates a broad range of important historical events and people that have had a huge impact in how we live our lives today. Not only that, but in support of how proud they have made our nation – both in the past and present – we’re delighted to have unveiled a Team GB 2020 50p coin in support of our athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. Purchasing one of these limited-edition Annual sets is the perfect way to mark special moments in the year ahead and is an ideal way to continue your UK coin collection from The Royal Mint.”

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.

 

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The 2020 United Kingdom Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Set

 

Coin title

Team GB 2020 UK 50p Gold Proof

75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020 UK £2 Gold Proof

400th Anniversary of Mayflower 2020 UK £2 Gold Proof

Centenary of Agatha Christie 2020 UK £2 Gold Proof

200th Anniversary since the reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Gold Proof

Denomination

50p

£2

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

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

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

916.7 Au - Red

Weight

15.50g

15.97g

15.97g

15.97g

39.94g

Diameter

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

David Knapton

Dominique Evans

Chris Costello

David Lawrence

Dominique Evans

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW

UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

LITTLE GREY CELLS

I GLORY IN THE  NAME OF BRITON

Limited Edition Presentation

75

RRP

6150

 

The 2020 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Commemorative Coin Set

 

Coin title

Team GB 2020 UK 50p Silver Proof Piedfort

75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort

400th Anniversary of Mayflower 2020 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort

Centenary of Agatha Christie 2020 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort

200th Anniversary since the reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Silver Proof Piedfort

Denomination

50p

£2

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

925 Ag Sterling Silver

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

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

24.00g

24.00g

24.00g

56.56g

Diameter

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

David Knapton

Dominique Evans

Chris Costello

David Lawrence

Dominique Evans

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW

UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

LITTLE GREY CELLS

I GLORY IN THE  NAME OF BRITON

Limited Edition Presentation

300

RRP

£550.00

 

The 2020 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set

Coin title

Team GB 2020 UK 50p Silver Proof

75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020 UK £2 Silver Proof

400th Anniversary of Mayflower 2020 UK £2 Silver Proof

Centenary of Agatha Christie 2020 UK £2 Silver Proof

200th Anniversary since the reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Silver Proof

Denomination

50p

£2

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

925 Ag Sterling Silver

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

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

12.00g

12.00g

12.00g

28.28g

Diameter

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

David Knapton

Dominique Evans

Chris Costello

David Lawrence

Dominique Evans

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW

UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

LITTLE GREY CELLS

I GLORY IN THE  NAME OF BRITON

Limited Edition Presentation

500

RRP

£610.00

 

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

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew 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 2020 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set

Coin title

Team GB 2020 UK 50p Base Proof

75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020 UK £2 Base Proof

400th Anniversary of Mayflower 2020 UK £2 Base Proof

Centenary of Agatha Christie 2020 UK £2 Base Proof

200th Anniversary since the reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Base Proof

Denomination

50p

£2

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Cupro-nickel

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Cupro-nickel

Weight

8.00g

12.00g

12.00g

12.00g

28.28g

Diameter

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

David Knapton

Dominique Evans

Chris Costello

David Lawrence

Dominique Evans

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW

UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

LITTLE GREY CELLS

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

2500

RRP

£210

 

 

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

Cu/Ni

Cu/Ni

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

Inner - Nickel-plated nickel brass/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

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew 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

Issuing Authority

UK

Alloy

Inner: Nickel-plated steel

Outer: Brass-plated steel

Weight

11.85g

Diameter

28.53mm

Obverse Designer

 

Reverse Designer

Thomas Docherty

Quality

Proof

 

The 2020 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set

Coin title

Team GB 2020 UK 50p Base Proof

75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020 UK £2 Base Proof

400th Anniversary of Mayflower 2020 UK £2 Base Proof

Centenary of Agatha Christie 2020 UK £2 Base Proof

200th Anniversary since the reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Base Proof

Denomination

50p

£2

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Cupro-nickel

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Cupro-nickel

Weight

8.00g

12.00g

12.00g

12.00g

29.29g

Diameter

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

David Knapton

Dominique Evans

Chris Costello

David Lawrence

Dominique Evans

Quality

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Proof

Edge Lettering

N/A

JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW

UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

LITTLE GREY CELLS

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

2500

RRP

£210

 

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

Cu/Ni

Cu/Ni

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

Inner - Nickel-plated nickel brass/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

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew 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

Issuing Authority

UK

Alloy

Nickel-Brass

Weight

10.06g

Diameter

25.40mm

Obverse Designer

 

Reverse Designer

Kerry Davies

Quality

Proof

 

 

The 2020 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

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent

Matthew 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 2020 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set

Coin title

Team GB 2020 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated

75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated

400th Anniversary of Mayflower 2020 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated

Centenary of Agatha Christie 2020 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated

200th Anniversary since the reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated

Denomination

50p

£2

£2

£2

£5

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Cupro-nickel

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Inner - Cupro-nickel/ Outer - Nickel-brass

Cupro-nickel

Weight

8.00g

12.00g

12.00g

12.00g

29.29g

Diameter

27.30mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

38.61mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

David Knapton

Dominique Evans

Chris Costello

David Lawrence

Dominique Evans

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Edge Lettering

N/A

JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW

UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

LITTLE GREY CELLS

 

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

RRP

£55.00

 

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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 via www.royalmintbullion.com and 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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