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Poll: which is your favourite 2017 coin design?

2017 is certainly an exciting year for Change Checkers with The Royal Mint releasing 9 new coins into circulation, each with their own distinctive design. We know that you love a new design so we thought we’d ask, which is your favourite? Let us know by voting in our poll below.

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The 2017 Change Checker Commemorative Coin Set

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Who was King Canute and why is he on the new UK £5?

Today marks 1,000 years since the coronation of King Canute and to mark the anniversary, The Royal Mint have issued a brand new UK £5 coin. But who was King Canute?

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The Royal Mint have issued this brand new UK £5 coin to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the coronation of King Canute

Hailed the ‘king of all England’

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50 years before the Norman Invasion of 1066, Canute crossed the North Sea and won the throne of England.

Recognised as one of the most prominent kings of the Anglo-Saxon era, Canute is widely remembered for conquering kingdoms across northern Europe including England, Denmark, Norway, and areas of Sweden.

Born in Denmark, King Canute’s exact birth year is unknown, although it is thought to be between 985–995 AD.  Canute grew up at a time when the crown of England was being ferociously fought over by the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings.

Canute became the undisputed successor to the English throne in 1016 after months of warfare between Canute and Edmund Ironside (son of Æthelred ‘The Unready’) and his coronation took place on the 6th January 1017 at the Old St Paul’s cathedral.

Canute or Cnut the Great?

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Canute was originally known as Knútr (which means ‘Knot’) in Old Norse and in Denmark he is still known as Knud den Store (‘Cnut the Great’).

Anglo-Saxons rarely used the letter K and the letter combination ‘CN’ was quite normal in Old English, so his name was spelt CNUT in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and, importantly, on coins issued in his name in England and Denmark.

Later medieval writers turned this into ‘Canutus’ which became the spelling ‘Canute’, often seen in modern English as a more familiar modern day spelling.

A historical coin

King Canute’s achievements and influence paved the way for the nation we recognise today. He strengthened the currency, initiating a series of coins of equal weight to those being used in Denmark, so it’s only fitting that the design of this brand new £5 coin has been inspired by the original currency of King Canute.

This is the first time ever The Royal Mint has commemorated a 1,000-year anniversary on a coin – an occasion of real significance.


Own Britain’s new £5 coin – the first release of 2017

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Today you can own the brand new 2017 UK £5 coin issued to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the coronation of King Canute – an anniversary never before celebrated on a UK coin.

First look: New Royal Mint UK coin designs for 2017

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Every year The Royal Mint mark the year’s memorable events and anniversaries that capture the nation’s striking stories on circulating coins, and 2017 is no different.

Today The Royal Mint have unveiled the new themes and designs for all the 2017 commemorative coins, and Change Checkers can look forward to some very significant British anniversaries being commemorated.

£5 –  King Canute 

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2017 marks the 1000th anniversary of the coronation of King Canute and this £5 coin designed by Lee R. Jones has been issued.

This brand new £5 coin depicts King Canute, the Viking conqueror hailed the first ‘king of all England’.

£5 – House of Windsor Centenary 

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of the House of Windsor this £5 coin has been designed by John Bergdahl.

A centenary of royal service is commemorated on this £5 coin marking the 100th anniversary of the creation of the House of Windsor – when King George V changed the name of the British Royal Family from the German Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the English Windsor.

£2 – Jane Austen

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Designed by Dominique Evans, a portrait of Jane Austen features on this brand new £2 coin to mark 200 years since her death.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, one of the best-loved English novelists, this £2 coin featuring her portrait has been issued.

£2 – WW1 Aviation 

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This £2 coin has been designed by the agency ‘tangerine’ and pays tribute to the aviators of the First World War.

In commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War, The Royal Mint has issued a series of specially commissioned £2 coins. This coin pays tribute to the aviators of the First World War and their sacrifices in the race for supremacy of the skies.

50p – Sir Isaac Newton

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This 50p coin has been issued to commemorate the achievements of Sir Isaac Newton and has been designed by Aaron West.

This 50p coin remembers the legacy of Sir Isaac Newton, genius of the Scientific Revolution and one of the most famous men in history. 

The announcement of next year’s coins is always an exciting moment for Change Checkers, particularly when the anniversaries are as significant as these.

And now we can now start looking forward to finding these new designs in our change throughout the year! 


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If you can’t wait to find these coins in your change you can add the 2017 Change Checker Commemorative Coin Set to your collection today>>