Unprecedented release of bullion coin designs in base metal by Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has today confirmed the release of two new base metal £5 Coins– one featuring the Lion of England and the other the Unicorn of Scotland, available to order today.

New Lion of England and Unicorn of Scotland coin released today in base-metal

In fact, the Lion of England design was first revealed in 2016 but appeared to be released solely for use with gold and silver bullion coins. However, the design by Jody Clark (the man behind the current Queen’s effigy) met such popular acclaim that the Royal Mint has now confirmed its release in brilliant uncirculated base-metal.

Unprecedented in the modern era

Pistrucci’s St. George & the Dragon design has been used on a number of different specifications over the past 200 years but only once, in 1951, on a base metal coin.

The use of a bullion coin design on a base-metal coin is unprecedented in the modern era, often meaning that some of the UK’s very best coin designs, used on Britannia and Sovereign coins, have simply been too expensive for change collectors to own.

In fact, it is only Pistrucci’s St. George and the Dragon that has ever appeared on a base metal coin, under George VI in 1951, notably at a time when the Sovereign was not even being issued as a bullion coin.


More base metal issues to look forward to

The Lion of England and Unicorn of Scotland famously adorn the Royal Coat of Arms

So does this mean that we can expect to see Pistrucci’s St. George and the Dragon and the latest Gold and Silver Britannia Coin designs available in base metal?

Sadly, I think not. But there is some good news for collectors who love Jody Clark’s Lion design.

The Royal Mint has also revealed an accompanying Unicorn of Scotland £5 coin, enabling collectors to own both “supporters” of the Royal Coat of Arms.

Will there be eight more coins to collect?

Whilst the Unicorn of Scotland coin is yet to be released in Silver and Gold it is ear-marked to be part of a continued series of Silver, Gold and Platinum Bullion coins to be issued over 5 years. The set is inspired by the Queen’s Coronation Beasts that lined the entrance to Westminster Abbey for her coronation in 1953.

The Queen’s Beasts lined the entrance to Westminster Abbey for the Coronation in 1953

Currently there is no final confirmation from the Mint, but it seems likely the remaining eight coins will follow in brilliant uncirculated base-metal over the coming 4 years- a definite highlight for base metal collectors. And if the popularity of the precious metal coins is anything to go by, this latest release will be a guaranteed winner with base metal collectors too.


The new Lion of England and Unicorn of Scotland £5 Coins are available to order today in certified Brilliant Uncirculated Condition- CLICK HERE

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0 Responses to Unprecedented release of bullion coin designs in base metal by Royal Mint

  1. Marie gammon says:

    How much please

  2. Steve lindsey says:

    I have 1 collector box with pre decimal coins 1953-1971 in total 18 years of Elizabeth 2nd and up to the present 3 full collector boxes of post decimal coins 1971 to present 47 years is the mint exploiting collectors by issuing so many variations

  3. Bill Murray says:

    ordered mine and cant weight to receive

  4. Emmanuel says:

    Are these £1 coins with the center removed worth anything?

    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi Emmanuel, you need to be a bit careful with £1 coins with their centre removed as we believe that many of these have actually been tampered with. If this was the case, it would actually be illegal and render the coin worthless. Have you found one in your change? Thanks, Luke

  5. Dinero says:

    £1 coins pre 2016 . The scarcity index is based on the mintage, how best to judge the scarcity once the mintage in circulation is withdrawn.

    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi Dinero, that is a good question. When compiling the Scarcity Index we do look at mintage figures but we also take into consideration swap requests and people who have listed the coin in their collection on the change checker app. When the coins are withdrawn from circulation, we will reply more heavily on the app data. I hope this helps, Luke