Royal Mint announces new coin themes for 2015

2015 is set to be something of a momentous year for coin collectors, with five significant anniversaries to be commemorated next year. They are:

£2 – The 800th Anniversary of theMagna Carta

2015 King John signs the Great Charter, Runnymede, Surrey, 1215 (1864).  Artist: James William Edmund Doylemarks 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta – an agreement which forced King John to abide by the ancient laws and customs by which England had previously been governed. Literally translated as “Great Charter” it laid the foundations for modern democracy and the rights of English citizens. In fact, it is still cited in many legal cases to this day.

50p – 75th Anniversary of the Battle of BritainBattle of Britain 10 July-31 October 1940: Hawker Hurricanes of Fighter Command, a first line of defence against the incoming

Perhaps surprisingly, this will be the very first time that the Battle of Britain is commemorated on a United Kingdom coin. In the summer of 1940, Nazi Germany was quickly advancing through Europe, but their failure to gain air superiority over the RAF in Britain was ultimately one of the turning points of the war.

WW1 Warships patrolling in the North Sea 1914 - 1918£2 – 100th Anniversary of the First World War – Royal Navy

The second design in the series of First World War £2 coins pays tribute to the role of the Royal Navy. At the time, it was by far the most powerful navy in the world and was a major asset to Britain in defending coastal waters against the Germans.

Waterloo £5 – 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Also making its debut on United Kingdom coinage for 2015 is the Battle of Waterloo. Fought by the Duke of Wellington and his allied armies against Napoleon Bonaparte of France in 1815, it was a defining moment in European history – ending 20 years of conflict in the continent.

Churchill £5 – 50th Anniversary of the Death of Winston Churchill

There are few Britons more worthy of commemoration than the wartime Prime Minister himself, Sir Winston Churchill. Following his death in 1965 he became the first person outside of the Royal family to be commemorated on a coin, and now, fifty years on, he is being honoured again on a new £5 coin.

Next year the Queen is due to become the longest reigning monarch in British history, and there will soon be a new portrait on our coins to honour her. With the final appearance of the long-standing effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS and five very noteworthy anniversaries, it already looks like 2015 will be a truly landmark year for coin collectors.

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0 Responses to Royal Mint announces new coin themes for 2015

  1. ron smith says:

    how come the 2015 50 pence coin is on sale on ebay

    • Robin Parkes says:

      Hi Ron, I can only assume someone has bought it directly from the Royal Mint in the Brilliant Uncirculated pack and has already listed it for auction! That’s very quick work. They are definitely not in circulation yet. Kind regards, Robin.

  2. I love the Magna Carta £2 coin.

  3. I like the Royal Navy coin,just looks the part,when can I order all of them? Maybe not the £5. Churchill one,have to agree with “Fairynuff” its hideous,would have to hide it somewhere in case it gave somebody a fright.

  4. FairyNuff says:

    I have to say, the 1965 Churchill crown was pretty awful as a coin, but this 2015 £5 coin is even worse! It looks horrendous!

  5. George Schomburg says:

    Thanks Mark, But now I have another mule from the mint, there is no room in the coin hunt catalogues for the new coins if 2 50p’s are coming out.

    • robinparkes says:

      Hi George, sorry about that – it was a typo. The Royal Navy coin is actually a £2 – the second in the series of 5 to be issued over the course of the WWI Centenary years. Many thanks, Robin