The Royal Mint reveals Britain’s rarest 50 pences in 2020 Mintage Figures

The Royal Mint has today posted the mintage figures for the calendar year of 2020, providing the official guide to the rarest coins in circulation.

In 2020, over 330 million coins were released into circulation, including new 50 pence designs commemorating ‘Diversity Built Britain’ and the UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union. Ten million of each design were released into circulation, making them widely accessible.

The 50 pence is Britain’s most collectable coin and provides the ideal canvas for commemorative designs – with more than 50 different versions released into circulation since 1969. The famous 2009 Kew Gardens 50p remains the most coveted coin in circulation, with a mintage of just 210,000. Other rare designs include the 2011 Olympic 50p’s and the highly collectible Peter Rabbit series.

In January 2020 The Royal Mint issued a new 50 pence to mark the UK’s departure from the European Union, featuring the inscription “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” as a symbol of continued unity. In October 2020 a fifty pence was issued to celebrate ‘Diversity Built Britain’ as part of Black History Month. To accompany the release The Royal Mint issued a coin and education pack to every primary school in England and Wales.

The Royal Mint’s Director of UK Currency, Mark Loveridge, comments: “As the original maker of UK coins, we are delighted to play our part in celebrating the story of the nation.

In 2020 two important new designs were issued on fifty pences, commemorating British diversity and the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

“Coin collecting remains a popular hobby in the UK, and finding a special design in your change adds to the excitement. If you are lucky enough to find a commemorative 50 pence you can find more information about its history, design and mintage on our website.”

As well as the coins found in your change, The Royal Mint issues a range of commemorative coins each year to celebrate landmark events, anniversaries and individuals that have shaped the nation. In 2021 that has included collectable coins celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th birthday, Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics and the 50th anniversary of Mr Men and Little Miss.

The Royal Mint’s Top 10 Rarest 50p Coins in Circulation

Coin Mintage
2009 Kew Garden 210,000
2011 Olympic Wrestling 1,129,500
2011 Olympic Triathlon 1,161,500
2011 Olympic Judo 1,161,500
2011 Olympic Football 1,161,500
2018 Flopsy Bunny 1,400,000
2018 Peter Rabbit 1,400,000
2011 Olympic Tennis 1,454,000
2011 Olympic Goalball 1,615,500
2011 Olympic Shooting 1,656,500

In celebration of coin collecting, The Royal Mint will host its’ annual ‘Collect Week’ from 20th September. The event features a host of expert webinars and behind the scenes content – all of which is free and can be streamed from home.

For the full mintage figures, also see The Royal Mint’s website: https://www.royalmint.com/currency/uk-currency/mintages/

The Royal Mint launches official 50p coin to honour British inventor Charles Babbage

The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, is celebrating the life and legacy of Charles Babbage with a commemorative 50p coin, released to mark the 150th anniversary of his death.

As part of The Royal Mint’s ‘Innovation in Science’ series, which pays tribute to some of Britain’s greatest minds, the Charles Babbage 50p follows collectable coins in honour of John Logie Baird, Rosalind Franklin and Stephen Hawking.

An influential scientist, Charles Babbage was a lifelong inventor who believed that scientifi­c advancement should bene­fit everyone. He was best known for his mechanical calculator, or ‘Difference Engine,’ and conceived the Analytical Engine, that had many essential features found in modern digital computers.

Designed by Nigel Tudman and Jas Bhamra, the latest collectable coin honours Babbage’s legacy with a design that links his machinery to the digital age on the canvas of a 50p piece. The making of the Charles Babbage coin, available in brilliant uncirculated, gold, silver piedfort and silver, combines traditional minting skills and modern technology.

Clare Maclennan, The Royal Mint’s Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin, said: “Known as the Father of the Computer, Charles Babbage’s inventions have influenced the way we all work and play today, and there is possibly no greater example of the importance of his legacy than in recent times with the reliance of digital media during the pandemic.”

She added: “The collectable Charles Babbage 50p is the latest tribute to some of Britain’s greatest scientific inventors on official UK coin. Our Innovation in Science series has proved extremely popular with coin collectors and we are delighted to add Charles Babbage to the collection, marking 150 years since his death.”

Difference Engine edition of coins, designed and produced by The Royal Mint. Photographed on-gallery at the Science Museum in London, by Difference Engine No.2

Speaking of the coin design, London-based graphic designer Nigel Tudman said: “The Charles Babbage coin brief has been my favourite so far as it involved expressing the development of an idea; taking a complex subject and stripping it back to the essentials to create an attractive yet simple design that contains a subtle message or brain teaser.

“Our aim was to achieve a timeless design created in low relief on the canvas of a 50p which celebrated Babbage the inventor and took inspiration from his Difference Engines. Using a geometric modernist typeface and suggesting the horizontal and vertical bars and numbers from the original machine, the design reflects the movement and flow of the calculations in motion, adding the extra twist of encoding Babbage’s name.”

The coin is available to purchase from today in a range of precious metals and brilliant uncirculated at The Royal Mint website.

The Royal Mint to auction rare samples for first time in its history – including Kew Gardens 50p

For the first time in its history, The Royal Mint is offering collectors the chance to own exceptionally rare ‘trial pieces’ featuring designs such as the highly collectible Kew Gardens 50p and the iconic ‘Three Graces’ – a collection that sold out in 25 minutes in December 2020. These bespoke items are expected to drive high levels of interest from collectors and art enthusiasts when they go to auction later this month.

A trial piece is one of the first samples struck using a new die, and is carefully inspected by coin makers at The Royal Mint to ensure it meets their exacting standards. The trial pieces are then stored for posterity and the design is officially approved by Her Majesty the Queen before coin striking can begin.

To ensure authenticity, each die trial piece bears a hallmark stating the quality of the metal and a unique latent security feature – designed by The Royal Mint’s Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers. A die trial piece is one of the first coins struck and sets the standard for all coins issued. They are used to prove tooling, and clarity of design and detail for proof coins, ensuring they are accurate enough for a perfect strike to be used in production.

These pieces do not form part of the standard issue limit and have not been put on sale before by The Royal Mint.

On 26th September, The Royal Mint will offer 60 rare examples of trial pieces to the public for the first time following growing demand from collectors.

Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint, said: “Each year The Royal Mint introduces a range of original new coin designs celebrating British milestones, anniversaries and themes. Each of these designs requires a trial to ensure the design meets our exacting standards, and results in a handful of trial pieces.

“This month we are delighted to offer a sample of our trial pieces at auction for the first time. Each of the trial pieces has played an integral role in creating the final coin, and offer collectors the chance to own a part of numismatic history.

“Interest in trial pieces has grown significantly over recent years, as customers increasingly seek out exclusive and rare items for their collections. Many customers will treasures the trial pieces as part of a collection or even investments – so we have added a security feature to safeguard their provenance.”

The trial pieces auction is the pinnacle of The Royal Mint’s Collect Week, an annual celebration of collecting. This year’s Collect Week includes a series of free webinars, awards and virtual events for collectors across the globe, all hosted on the Royal Mint’s website.

To learn more about the intricate world of die trial pieces and what makes them so special, the Royal Mint is holding a free webinar with New Product Technical Manager Dan Thomas and Chief Engraver Gordon Summers, who will discuss the process and detail of how die trial pieces are used to help maintain the high production standards. Held on Monday, 20 September 2021 at 11am, this webinar is suitable for both budding numismatists and seasoned collectors interested in gaining an insight how our 1,100-year-old organisation makes its coins.

For more information visit The Royal Mint’s website www.royalmint.com/collect/auction.

The full list of pieces in the auction is as follows:

  • The Piedfort Sovereign 2019 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Two-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Gold Proof Kilo (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Two-Ounce Silver Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Five-Ounce Silver Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Silver Proof Kilo (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Ten-Ounce Silver Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Ten-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • 50 Years of the 50p 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof Piedfort (Trial Piece)
  • Pay Attention 007 2020 UK Two-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Shaken Not Stirred 2020 UK Two-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Shaken Not Stirred 2020 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Queen’s Beasts The Falcon of The Plantagenets 2019 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Britannia 2019 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Britannia 2021 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Britannia 2020 UK Two-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Britannia 2021 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Britannia 2019 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • C – Cricket 2019 UK 10p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • David Bowie 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • David Bowie 2020 UK Two-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • David Bowie 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • David Bowie 2020 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • D-Day Landings 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The 75th Ann D-day Normandy Landings 2019 UK £2 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Elton John 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Elton John 2020 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • A Celebration of the Reign of George III 2020 UK Two-Once Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • A Celebration of the Reign of George III 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • A Celebration of the Reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Team GB 2020 UK 50p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Britannia New Pence 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Bond, James Bond 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Pay Attention 007 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Shaken not stirred 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • 007 Special Issue 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Bond, James Bond 2020 UK Two-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Kew Gardens 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Kew Gardens 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof Piedfort (Trial Piece)
  • The 400th Anniversary of the Voyage of the Mayflower 2020 UK £2 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Queen 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Queen 2020 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • 50 Years of the 50p 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Queen’s Beasts The White Horse of Hanover 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Queen 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Victoria 2019 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The 200th anniversary of the Birth of Queen Victoria Celebration Sovereign (Trial Piece)
  • The Five Sovereign Piece 2019 Brilliant Uncirculated (Trial Piece)
  • The Double Sovereign 2019 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Double Sovereign 2020 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Five Sovereign Piece 2019 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Five Sovereign Piece 2020 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Half-Sovereign 2019 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Half-Sovereign 2020 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Quarter-Sovereign 2019 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Quarter-Sovereign 2020 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Sovereign 2019 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Sovereign 2020 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The 75th Anniversary of VE Day 2020 UK £2 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)

The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào Coin Collection continues with a coin celebrating the Year of the Tiger

Lunar Year of the Tiger 2022 United Kingdom £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin pack front open – UKT22BU

The Royal Mint, The Original Maker of UK coins, continues its popular Shēngxiào collection with a collectable coin celebrating Lunar Year of the Tiger – an animal that has long been regarded as a symbol of power and strength in Chinese culture.

The Lunar Year of the Tiger collectable coin blends elements of traditional British design with ancient Chinese culture and has been designed by renowned artist David Lawrence.

The coin’s design depicts the tiger face on with its Chinese symbol positioned to the right. When inspecting the design closely an additional symbol can be seen on the tiger’s forehead. The symbol represents the pictogram for ‘king’ – ‘王’. The symbol ‘王’ is said to be the written character for king and originates from the pattern on the tiger’s head.

The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào Collection is a celebration of the UK’s diverse multi-cultural society, lending a unique British angle to this ancient custom. During Chinese New Year it is common to exchange tokens and gifts of money in red envelopes symbolising good wishes for the recipient’s health, wealth and prosperity.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said: “The Royal Mint began our Shēngxiào Collection in 2014, combining centuries of British craftsmanship and artistic skills with a centuries-old Chinese tradition – creating the first official UK Lunar coins. Ahead of Chinese New Year, we are thrilled to introduce the latest coin as part of the collection celebrating the Year of the Tiger. The coin’s design is a beautiful fusion of British and Chinese tradition featuring the tiger as a prominent feature of the coin.”

The Chinese zodiac follows a 12-year cycle with each year characterised by a different animal. Ancient legend tells of a Great Race between the animals. Several variants of the story exist, but in one popular interpretation the Jade Emperor, ruler of the heavens, declared that the first 12 animals to sign up would be eligible to take part, and the order they finished in would determine the order of the lunar calendar.

The Tiger is considered one of the most beloved and respected creatures in Chinese culture. Characteristically brave and unyielding, the tiger is one of the most significant symbols in Chinese culture. Hailed for symbolising power, strength, and bravery, the animal also represents majesty and righteousness. Those born in the Year of the Tiger are thought to possess many of these traits and are said to be confident and courageous, meaning people born under this sign are thought of as natural leaders.

The Lunar Year of the Tiger collectable coins are available in a range of precious metals finishes. Visit www.royalmint.com/lunar to view the full collection.

The Royal Mint celebrates Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and Friends on official UK coin

The Royal Mint, inspired by Disney, has today unveiled the next coin in their Winnie the Pooh and Friends collection. The latest collectable 50p coin features a group shot of the loveable characters, celebrating 95 years since the beloved bear first began his adventures.

Created by the Original Maker of UK coins, the commemorative design features Winnie the Pooh and his trusted friends; Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga and Roo on a 50p piece. Last year, The Royal Mint released the first three designs, featuring Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet.

The design of the coin is inspired by the original decorations of E.H. Shepard taken from the pages of A.A. Milne’s classic tales, first published in 1926.

Available in gold, silver and brilliant uncirculated, and special-edition colour, the range combines The Royal Mint’s 1,100-year-old minting traditions with innovative colour printing technology.

The Royal Mint’s designer Daniel Thorne is the maker behind the nine-coin Winnie the Pooh series, which, in 2021, will also see ‘wise’ Owl and ‘wonderful’ Tigger brought to life on official UK coin.

Throughout the series, Thorne stayed true to the iconic E.H. Shepard decorations, while also adding his own special twist, with a bee motif which features on each design in the series.

To celebrate the buzz of the launch, The Royal Mint’s design studio has been a hive of activity with fellow designer Laura Clancy creating a bespoke piece of coin art out of the latest collectable 50ps, honouring Thorne’s special bee motif.

Clare Maclennan, The Royal Mint’s Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin, said: “Winnie-the-Pooh is a treasured children’s classic which, much like the popular hobby of coin collecting, has been passed down through generations. As we celebrate 95 years of Winnie the Pooh, the latest design featuring Pooh and friends is a fitting tribute to the much-loved adventures.

She added: “Fans of Winnie the Pooh can enjoy the coins individually, or as part of the nine-coin collection released over three years. We are buzzing with excitement to bring these wonderful characters and memories to life on a collectable 50p coin series.”

Daniel Thorne, The Royal Mint’s product designer for the Winnie the Pooh coins, said: “Using inspiration from the original decorations of E.H. Shepard has been a fantastic experience but one that has also tested me as a designer. With each design, so much care and attention has been given to remastering the iconic decorations for the canvas of a coin while staying true to the texts people know and love.

“I also wanted to add something extra special for collectors, with the bee motif. Inspired by the original decorations the buzzy bee from the storybooks features on each of the nine coins in the collection. I hope collectors can appreciate the beauty in each design in the range and enjoy the special colour editions.”

The 2021 collection is exciting news for collectors of the 2020 range which already sees Winnie the Pooh and his favourite honey, Christopher Robin and Piglet respectively on the canvas of a 50p piece. Find out more about the collection at The Royal Mint.

Royal Mint Launch Next in Range of Investment Products Inspired by Myths and Legends

The Royal Mint has today launched a new addition to their Myths and Legends bullion collection, featuring Maid Marian. The Maid Marian bullion coin follows on from the launch of the Robin Hood coin released in March, which proved extremely popular.

The Royal Mint has recently experienced a 96% increase in sales for bullion coins and bars as investors have taken advantage of the recent dip in the gold price. Bullion coins are world-renowned for their value, tradability and liquidity, making them options worth considering by investors wanting to diversity their portfolio. The Royal Mint’s range of gold bullion coins benefit from VAT exemption, while all gold, silver and platinum bullion coins are exempt from Capital Gains Tax for UK residents.

The coin’s design draws depicts Maid Marian with a bow and a quiver of arrows on her back, against the backdrop of Sherwood Forest. The Maid Marian bullion coin is available as a One Ounce Gold and One Ounce Silver. In addition to the detailed design of Maid Marian, the coin features a secure, micro-dot background texture, emphasising the craftsmanship and security associated with The Royal Mint’s gold products.

Andrew Dickey, Divisional Director of Precious Metals at The Royal Mint, comments: “At The Royal Mint, tradition has long gone hand in hand with innovation. For an investment fit for the future, The Royal Mint is looking to Britain’s legendary past. Our latest bullion coin collection is inspired by classic stories of myth and legend – combined with the latest innovation and security features. We are delighted to be unveiling the next bullion coin in the range featuring Maid Marian. Bullion coins are an attractive option for many investors looking to diversify their investment portfolio due to their value, tradability and liquidity. Gold, silver and platinum bullion coins from The Royal Mint also benefit from being exempt from Capital Gains Tax for UK residents due to their legal tender status.”

Andrew continues, “As a leader in precious metals, The Royal Mint’s bullion range is recognised by investors across the globe and admired for the standards of quality and accuracy that you’d expect from a world-leading mint.”

The Royal Mint has been synonymous with precious metals for over 1,100 years and is the trusted home of gold in the UK. They are the primary producer of bullion coins and bars in Britain, as well as offering digital investment opportunities and safe storage, combining a flair for design with expertise in metalwork. The form has evolved from coin to bar to digital asset, including DigiGold and physically backed, exchange-traded commodities, as well as Little Treasures, a gold-backed savings account specifically for children, yet the value and appeal has been consistent.

To view the range, visit the website: https://www.royalmint.com/invest/bullion/uk-coin-ranges/myths-and-legends/

The Royal Mint launches Through the Looking-Glass commemorative coin

The Royal Mint reveals commemorative Alices Adventures in Wonderland coin with Sir John Tenniels original illustrations

The Royal Mint, the original maker of UK coins, has today launched their latest commemorative coin, celebrating Through the Looking-Glass on official UK coin, 150 years since its publication.

Following the popularity of the first coin in the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland series, collectors can now purchase a commemorative £5 crown which features Tweedledum and Tweedledee, based on the original illustrations of Sir John Tenniel in the much-loved Through the Looking-Glass book.

Available in gold, silver and brilliant uncirculated, and special colour edition, the keepsake is part of a two-coin collectors’ series by The Royal Mint designer Ffion Gwillim and Sculptor Emma Noble.

The first coin launched earlier this summer featuring Alice and the Cheshire Cat – the £5 crown provides an ideal canvas to recreate the iconic illustrations in vivid colour and detail, using traditional minting techniques and innovative design technology.

More information about the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland commemorative coin collection – which was created in collaboration with the V&A – is available at The Royal Mint website.

Royal Mint Release Commemorative Coin to Mark Anniversary of Gold Standard

The Gold Standard Set (2021 Gold Standard Proof coin and 1931 Sov in case left – HISGS31

To mark the anniversary of the first formal gold standard, The Royal Mint has released the latest commemorative design to celebrate its place in financial history. Finished to Proof standard and available in one ounce and quarter-ounce editions, the Gold Standard commemorative coin features an original design by Dominique Evans and has a LEP of 250 and 500 respectively. The Royal Mint has also released a special anniversary set that pairs a modern Proof coin commemorating the introduction of the gold standard with a 1931 Sovereign struck during the year that Britain finally left the system 90 years ago. The set has an LEP of 300

First written into law in 1821, the gold standard was a concept linked to the mind of Sir Isaac Newton, former Master of the Mint. Sir Isaac Newton issued a report in 1717 that led to the gold guinea being assigned a fixed value. Following the Coinage Act of 1816, Britain’s gold standard was adopted and it was the first system of its type in the world. Several countries with large economies followed the British lead, including Canada, the United States and Germany. Backed by the newly revived Sovereign, it became a global monetary system that remained until the outbreak of the First World War drove gold coins out of circulation. As Chancellor of the Exchequer, Winston Churchill returned Britain to a gold standard in 1925 but it was abandoned altogether in 1931 as economic pressures mounted.

The anniversary is celebrated on a Proof coin for the first time, following a bullion range that has been released previously by The Royal Mint, with the same reverse design. The reverse design, depicting scales to reflect the balance and precision of the standard, comes from senior designer Dominique Evans. A designer at The Royal Mint for nearly 18 years, Dominique has also created designs for coins celebrating Jane Austen, the Sapphire Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen and the Diversity Build Britain 50p released as both circulating and commemorative, last year.

Dominique comments: “My grandfather was a bank manager who had a large set of scales from the bank, which I have inherited. They naturally became the integral part of the design and I am delighted that they have become part of a coin design of which my grandad would have been so very proud.

“The Gold Standard is such an important piece of financial history, it feels wonderful to have my design used on a Proof version of the coin, especially one with such a limited mintage, it feels like a real collector’s item.”

For more information please visit The Royal Mint’s website – https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/events/gold-standard/.

Coin title The Gold Standard 2021 UK One-Ounce Gold Proof Coin The Gold Standard 2021 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin The Gold Standard Set
The Gold Standard 2021 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin
The Gold Standard Set
1931 Sovereign
Denomination £100 £25 £25 Sovereign
Issuing Authority UK UK UK UK
Alloy 999.9 AU 999.9 AU 999.9 AU 916.7 Au
Weight 31.21g 7.80g 7.80g 7.98g
Diameter 32.69mm 22.00mm 22.00mm 22.05mm
Obverse Designer Jody Clark Jody Clark Jody Clark Bertram Mackennal
Reverse Designer Dominique Evans Dominique Evans Dominique Evans Benedetto Pistrucci
Quality Proof Proof Proof Bullion/VF
Additional Features N/A N/A N/A N/A
Limited Edition Presentation 250 500 300
RRP £2,440 £650 £1,250

The Royal Mint celebrates the 250th Anniversary of Sir Walter Scott on official UK coin

Abbotsford House, The Home of Sir Walter Scott.
Scottish Borders, Scotland.
The Royal Mint unveiled a commemorative £2 coin to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s birth. The coin is pictured with Matthew Maxwell Scott, a direct descendent and Trustee at Abbottsford – home of 19th century novelist and poet. (Photo Phil Wilkinson)

The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, has today launched a commemorative £2 coin to honour the late Sir Walter Scott, 250 years after the great writer’s birth.

One of the most influential Scots in history, Sir Walter Scott is renowned for his contribution to literature with his novels and poems, many of which remain literary classics to this day.

Marking the 250th anniversary since his birth, Scott’s legacy has been celebrated for the first time on official UK coin. Available in gold, silver and brilliant uncirculated, the commemorative keepsake was first unveiled in the 2021 Annual Set and today launches as an individual collectors’ item at The Royal Mint.

Designed by textual artist Stephen Raw, the coin was inspired by the artist’s visit to Abbotsford, the famous home of Sir Walter Scott. On the canvas of a £2 coin, the words Sir Walter Scott and Novelist, Historian and Poet are inscribed in the same calligraphy seen at Abbotsford’s grand entrance and chapel. The design also includes Scott’s portrait modelled on the Scott Monument – one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks.

To celebrate the launch, the Original Maker collaborated with Scott’s Abbotsford home and Trustee and direct descendant, Matthew Maxwell Scott – the great, great, great, great grandson of the famous writer.

Clare Maclennan The Royal Mint’s Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin said: “Sir Walter Scott’s status as one of Great Britain’s greatest writers endures 250 years after his birth and the anniversary celebration is a wonderful occasion to commemorate his legacy on a £2 coin.

“The exquisite design, with the inscription Novelist, Historian and Poet, reminds us of the wide-reaching influence of his work. What a treat is has been to reveal this collectable piece of art in collaboration with his great, great, great, great grandson Matthew Maxwell Scott and the fantastic team at Abbotsford, the famous home of Walter Scott, as part of their Anniversary celebrations.”

Matthew Maxwell Scott, Trustee at Abbotsford, said: “I’m extremely proud to see my ancestor recognised on a very special coin from The Royal Mint – a fitting tribute during a year of 250th birthday celebrations. It is a beautiful coin. Sir Walter was a collector of beautiful things and I think he would have loved to have this coin in his collection among the many treasures at Abbotsford.”

Giles Ingram, CEO at Abbotsford, said: “This year we are commemorating the 250th Anniversary of Sir Walter Scott, which is a great occasion to look at Scott’s work and legacy. At Abbotsford, we were delighted to be approached by The Royal Mint to collaborate with them on this beautiful coin. Recognising Scott as Novelist, Historian and Poet, 250 years after his birth on, such a beautiful coin and packaging, truly marks Scott as one of the world’s most famous writer’s and one of Scotland’s most influential sons.”

Speaking of the design, Stephen Raw, who also designed the Sherlock Holmes coin in 2019 and the First World War Armistice coin in 2018, said:

“Sir Walter Scott was such a fascinating character, there were so many routes that you could explore. Being a textual artist, I’m fascinated by lettering and I chose a combination of distinctive Gothic lettering from the chapel at Abbotsford alongside some lettering used by Scott in the magnificent entrance to his home.

“As for the portrait, I used the wonderful sculpture of Scott that sits within his monument on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. I hope that collectors enjoy the design and that when people see the coin, they might be encouraged to visit Abbotsford and the Scott Monument – the second largest such memorial to a writer in the world they say.”

More information about the coin, in a range of precious metals, can be found at The Royal Mint.

250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott £2 Coin Specifications
Coin title 250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott 2021 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin 250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott 2021 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin 250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott 2021 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin 250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott 2021 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
Denomination £2 £2 £2 £2
Issuing Authority UK UK UK UK
Alloy Inner: 916.7 Au Yellow Gold, Outer: 916.7 Au Red Gold Inner – 925 Ag/ Outer – 925 Ag plated with fine gold Inner – 925 Ag/ Outer – 925 Ag plated with fine gold Inner – Cupro-nickel/ Outer – Nickel-brass
Weight 15.97g 24.00g 12.00g 12.00g
Diameter 28.40mm 28.40mm 28.40mm 28.40mm
Obverse Designer Jody Clark Jody Clark Jody Clark Jody Clark
Reverse Designer Stephen Raw Stephen Raw Stephen Raw Stephen Raw
Quality Proof Proof Proof Brilliant Uncirculated
Edge Lettering THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE THE WILL TO DO, THE SOUL TO DARE
LEP 175 771 1,771 Unlimited
RRP £1,095.00 £117.50 £72.50 £10.00

The life and works of H.G Wells commemorative £2

The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, will launch the life and works of H.G Wells commemorative £2 coin as an individual piece for collectors to own from Monday (12 July).

The coin was first unveiled to collectors in The Royal Mint’s 2021 Annual Set, alongside the commemorative 50p for the life and works of John Logie Baird, the 50th Anniversary of Decimal Day 50p and the 95th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen on a £5 crown, as well as the 250th Anniversary of Sir Walter Scott.

The £2 coin will be available in gold, silver and Brilliant Uncirculated from The Royal Mint.

H.G Wells Commemorative £2 Coin Specifications
Coin title Celebrating the life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin Celebrating the life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Celebrating the life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin Celebrating the life and work of H.G. Wells 2021 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
Issuing Authority UK UK UK UK
Weight 15.97g 24.00g 12.00g 12.00g
Obverse Designer Jody Clark Jody Clark Jody Clark Jody Clark
Quality Proof Proof Proof Proof
Limited Edition Presentation 175 675 1575 Unlimited
RRP £1,095.00 £117.50 £72.50 £10.00

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