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New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY
New Military Coins from The Royal Mint
ENGRAVED IN HISTORY

Pride and The Royal Mint

Pride and The Royal Mint

The release of our new UK 50p coin dedicated to Pride UK marks the first time the LGBTQ+ community has been celebrated on a UK coin. Produced to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Pride UK event, held in London in 1972, this new coin was a big project for The Royal Mint and one that resonated strongly with many of our workforce.

From the start, we had a very clear objective: to produce a coin celebrating the history of Pride UK and accurately represent the LGBTQ+ community, whilst promoting positivity and solidarity in the process. To achieve this, we took many steps to portray the spirit of Pride UK in the most authentic way possible, whilst ensuring the event’s ethos of ‘visibility, unity and equality’ shone through. Like many of our commemorative coin projects, this numismatic journey began with the design and – more specifically – the selection process.

In August 2020, Pride UK held a digital art exhibition that displayed the work of 52 artists from the LGBTQ+ community. Billed as the first queer art exhibition and held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the month-long ‘FIFTY-TWO’ exhibition was a virtual gallery that displayed some of the UK’s best artists from various LGBTQ+ communities. Representing a diverse body of work, the piece on display came from hundreds of submissions to a nationwide competition held by Pride in London.

In order to create a coin that exuded the spirit of Pride UK in an authentic manner, it was important to enlist a designer who embodied that spirit and the artists involved in ‘FIFTY-TWO’ were the perfect fit. Following the exhibition, we invited the artists to participate in a competition to create a reverse design for a UK 50p coin celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pride UK. The winning submission selected by The Royal Mint Advisory Committee was the work of Dominique Holmes, an east London artist, writer and LGBTQ+ activist with a varied artistic background that includes tattoo artistry.

In addition to producing the winning design for the coin, we also commissioned Dominique to produce limited-edition prints, a design for a special edition of Minty® – The Royal Mint’s piggy bank – and a one-off print for an auction in aid of enhancing the profile of Pride UK and promoting positivity towards the UK’s LGBTQ+ community.

To ensure the coin provided an authentic representation of both Pride UK and the wider LGBTQ+ community, we also enlisted the aid of Pride in London as an external partner on this project. Working collaboratively with Pride in London, we ran every aspect of the project, from the look of the packaging to the words within it, by their team for their thoughts and feedback. As such, we were able to gain a deeper understanding of the Pride UK movement, allowing us to produce bespoke packaging that is as true to the LGBTQ+ community as it is to The Royal Mint.

This year, our collaborative relationship with Pride in London for this historic coin coincides with another moment in our history, when some of our employees represent The Royal Mint in an official capacity at the big Pride in London parade in September 2022. In the spirit of giving back, we will also be donating £40,000.00 to support Pride in London communities, rounding off a collaboration that has truly embodied the spirit of ‘visibility, unity and equality’ and hopefully positively contributed to the Pride UK movement as a whole.

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