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Honouring 200 Years of the RNLI
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Paying Tribute to a Regal Residence

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence for British monarchs. Formerly known as Buckingham House, the building was purchased by George III as a private residence for his wife, Queen Charlotte. Later, in 1826, George IV commissioned its conversion into a palace. The first British monarch to take up residence at Buckingham Palace was Queen Victoria, who also made the first recorded appearance on the Palace balcony after the opening of the Great Exhibition in 1851.

There are 19 State Rooms in Buckingham Palace, most notably the Ballroom and the White Drawing Room, which the Royal Family use for State, ceremonial and official occasions. Celebrations for several royal weddings have taken place at the Palace, including that of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales in 2011, along with national celebrations such as the Golden and Platinum Jubilees of Queen Elizabeth II. Following in his mother’s footsteps, His Majesty King Charles III also holds weekly meetings with the Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace.

Making Art Accessible to Everyone

The National Gallery was first opened in 1824 after the House of Commons agreed to purchase banker John Julius Angerstein’s picture collection. These 38 paintings formed the basis of the collection and were available for everyone to view. The paintings were originally displayed at Angerstein’s house at 100 Pall Mall in London but the cramped conditions sparked calls for a dedicated building.

Trafalgar Square was chosen as the new site for the gallery, as it would be accessible for both the rich and the poor, and the new building finally opened in 1838. Over the years, the building has been extended on several occasions and now holds more than 2,300 paintings dating from the mid thirteenth century to the early twentieth century in its collection. The National Gallery features a wide range of works by British artists, including those produced by Joseph Mallord William Turner and John Constable, as well as other notable works by Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.

In 2024, The National Gallery celebrates its 200th anniversary of making art accessible to everyone.

Marking the Birth of Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill is one of the most recognisable figures in British history and famously led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Born in 1874 at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, he was the eldest child of Conservative politician Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill and American-born British socialite Jennie Jerome.

Churchill successfully passed the entrance examination to the Royal Military College Sandhurst on his third attempt and passed out as twentieth in a class of 130. His father passed away in 1895, which had a profound effect on the young Churchill as he entered the fourth Hussars in the same year.

Churchill’s career in the military saw him travel widely and would often write about the conflicts he encountered for newspapers. In 1900, Churchill turned his attention to politics and went on to have an impressive political career, representing five constituencies, serving under 13 prime ministers and becoming prime minister himself in 1940 and again in 1951. Two years later, in 1953, he received and accepted both the Order of the Garter and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

200 Years of Courage

After relocating to Douglas on the Isle of Man, Sir William Hillary witnessed several shipwrecks along the Manx coast. He began to campaign for the formation of a national lifeboat service and founded the Royal National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck in 1824. The institution was renamed the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1854, operating as a charity that relied on donations.

Since its inception, the RNLI has saved more than 144,000 lives at sea, with volunteers heroically saving the lives of those in trouble at sea. Volunteer work and donors are at the heart of the RNLI and what the institution has achieved to date. Courageous volunteers give up their free time to save lives at sea, with 97% of frontline lifesavers being volunteers. The volunteer crew are available 24/7, no matter the weather, to protect the lives of others.

In 2001, RNLI lifeguards started patrolling the beaches of the UK with the aim of promoting beach safety and spotting dangers before they could develop into accidents.

Inspiring the Nation

In 2024, the Olympic Games return to Paris in France for the third time, exactly 100 years after the city last hosted the Games in 1924. This is also the first time that France will host the summer Paralympic Games.

Team GB aim to unite the nation through the power of Olympic sport, with British athletes at the heart of this ambition. Their stories of extraordinary achievements bring the nation together and inspire others to find their own extraordinary. Team GB athletes will come together with other athletes from around the world to compete in 319 events across 32 sports.

ParalympicsGB are champions of change in a sporting revolution started by Sir Ludwig Guttmann at Stoke Mandeville Hospital more than 70 years ago. In the present day, ParalympicsGB is a world leading sports team, winning medals across a record-breaking range of sports to help unite and inspire the nation. The success of ParalympicsGB athletes on the field of play can be harnessed to deliver real and sustainable change in the lives of all disabled people across the UK.

*The Royal Mint Limited will make a contribution of £2.81 (excluding VAT) per Annual Set sold to British Paralympic Enterprises Limited (an affiliate of the British Paralympic Association, registered charity 802385 England/Wales).

A payment of £4.69 per Annual Set sold will be paid by The Royal Mint in support of the RNLI. Payments are made to RNLI (Sales) Ltd (which pays all its taxable profits to the RNLI, a charity registered in England and Wales (209603), Scotland (SC037736), the Republic of Ireland (20003326), the Bailiwick of Jersey (14), the Isle of Man (1308 and 006329F) and the Bailiwick of Guernsey and Alderney, of West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HZ).

Specification

Buckingham Palace 2024 £5 Coin

Specification Value
Denomination £5
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 56.56g
Diameter 38.61mm
Reverse Designer Henry Gray
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Martin Jennings
Quality Proof
Year 2024
Pure Metal Type Silver
Edge Milled

Sir Winston Churchill 2024 UK £2 Coin

Specification Value
Denomination £2
Alloy Inner: .925 sterling silver. Outer: .925 sterling silver plated with fine gold
Weight 24.00g
Diameter 28.40mm
Reverse Designer Natasha Seaward
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Martin Jennings
Edge Inscription · PAVE THE WAY FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM
Quality Proof
Year 2024
Edge Fine milled incuse edge lettering

The National Gallery 2024 UK £2 Coin

Specification Value
Denomination £2
Alloy Inner: .925 sterling silver. Outer: .925 sterling silver plated with fine gold
Weight 24.00g
Diameter 28.40mm
Reverse Designer Edwina Ellis
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Martin Jennings
Edge Inscription · MAIORVM GLORIA POSTERIS LVMEN EST
Quality Proof
Year 2024
Edge Fine milled incuse edge lettering

RNLI 2024 UK 50p Coin

Specification Value
Denomination 50p
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 16.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Martin Jennings
Quality Proof
Year 2024

Team GB and ParalympicsGB 2024 UK 50p Coin

Specification Value
Denomination 50p
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 16.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer Charis Tsevis
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Martin Jennings
Quality Proof
Year 2024
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