New collections launch united coins for a United Kingdom

The Royal Mint is delighted to offer a range of sets to mark the historic introduction of new designs for the reverses of the United Kingdom’s coins. The new designs mark one of the most important developments in the United Kingdom’s coinage since decimalisation and the Royal Mint’s collections are predicted to become a vital addition to any collection.

The reverses of seven coins have been redesigned to renew and reinvigorate the United Kingdom’s coinage because it has been almost 40 years since most of the standard designs currently in use were introduced. As the new designs are due to enter circulation later in the year, the Royal Mint’s collections will allow collectors to experience the new coins before they come in to general use.

A choice of collections is available, all developed by experts at the Royal Mint, including Proof collections in platinum, gold or silver and a Brilliant Uncirculated collection.

Andrew Stafford, Chief Executive of the Royal Mint said, ‘The unveiling of the new reverses is one of the most important events in the United Kingdom’s numismatic history. I am delighted with the range of beautiful sets that have been created to celebrate this historic moment and I hope that they will appeal to existing and new coin collectors alike’.

All circulating coins, with the exception of the £2 coin, will bear the new designs. A different detail from the shield of the Royal Arms is shown on the reverse of the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins and when placed together the coins reveal the complete shield. This is the first time that a single design has been used across a range of United Kingdom coins in such a way. The reverse side of the £1 coin shows the complete shield of the Royal Arms. The front of the coins will continue to bear the existing portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, approved for use on United Kingdom coins from 1 January 1998.

The new designs were chosen via a competition which was open to the public and which attracted 4,000 entries. Matthew Dent, 26, was chosen as the winning designer. Originally from Bangor in North Wales, Matthew now lives and works in London as a graphic designer.

From 3 April, collectors will able to own the following sets:

Description Issue Limit Price
Royal Shield of Arms Platinum Proof Collection 250 £5,995
Royal Shield of Arms Gold Proof Collection 2,008 £2,495
Royal Shield of Arms Silver Proof Collection 10,000 £149.95
Royal Shield of Arms Base Metal Proof Collection 20,000 £34.95
Royal Shield of Arms Brilliant Uncirculated Collection 100,000 £9.95
Royal Shield of Arms Silver Proof Piedfort Collection 3,000 £295

The coins are available to buy from the Royal Mint online at www.royalmint.com/change or by calling the Royal Mint Customer Services Team on 0845 60 88 222.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

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For press information or images after 3 April, please contact Katy Ball or Elaine Teh at Grayling on 0117 922 7799 or email katy.ball@uk.grayling.com.