What’s your coin of the year?


I’m sure you’ll agree that 2016 has been a great year for coin collectors with so many significant anniversaries being commemorated and some fantastic designs.

So which coin do you think deserves to be the ‘2016 Coin of the Year’ winner?

Cast your vote now using the poll at the bottom of the page.

A) The Queen’s 90th Birthday £5

RHSPMC st, 21/1/05, 1:03 pm, 8C, 2408x2504 (1303+1657), 75%, chrome 7 stops, 1/50 s, R102.0, G63.3, B87.4

To celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, this special £5 coin was released.  Designed by Christopher Hobbs, the new coin features a crowned Royal Cypher above the number 90, surrounded by roses.

B) The Great Fire of London £2

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This £2 coin marks 350 years  since the Great Fire destroyed virtually all of the old walled City of London. The coin was designed by Aaron West and depicts the city of London burning in flames from a distance.

C) The WW1 Army £2

The 2016 UK WWI £2 Coin

This £2 is the third issue in The Royal Mint’s five year First World War Centenary series and commemorates the role of the Army. Designed by Tim Sharp, the coin honours the ‘Pals Battalions’ and marks a poignant moment in military history.

D) The Shakespeare Tragedies £2


This £2 is one of three that celebrate William Shakespeare’s life work and commemorates the 400th anniversary since his death. Designed by John Bergdahl, the coin takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy play, Romeo and Juliet.

E) The Shakespeare Comedies £2


To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, this £2 coin has been issued. Designed by John Bergdahl, the £2 coin takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s most famous comedy play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

F) The Shakespeare Histories £2


This £2 is one of three coins issued to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Britain’s greatest playwright. Designed by John Bergdahl, this coin takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s most famous history play, Macbeth.

G) The Last ‘Round’ £1

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This £1 is the final ’round pound’ issued by The Royal Mint, calling time on a coin which was first issued more than thirty years ago. Designed by Gregory Cameron, the coin features the animals that represent each of the four constituent UK countries.

H) The Beatrix Potter 50p


To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, The Royal Mint have released this 50p to celebrate Beatrix herself. Designed by Emma Noble, this coin features some of the best-loved characters in children’s literature along with the nostalgic font used in the inscription.

I) The Peter Rabbit 50p


The ‘Tale of Peter Rabbit’ was the first of Beatrix Potter’s tales and the mischievous character has been captured in the centre of this 50p coin, designed by Emma Noble.

J) The Jemima Puddle-Duck 50p


The ‘Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck’ features a domestic duck, names Jemima, whose character is featured on this 50p coin. Designed by Emma Noble, Jemima Puddle-Duck is instantly recognisable in the centre of the coin.

K) The Mrs Tiggy-Winkle 50p


Mrs Tiggy-Winkle is the fourth release in the Beatrix Potter 50p series. Designed by Emma Boble, the conscientious hedgehog features on this 50p in her washerwoman’s dress and petticoat.

L) The Squirrel Nutkin 50p


Designed by Emma Noble, the loveable rogue ‘Squirrel Nutkin’ features at the very heart of this 50p – with his whiskers and once bushy tail captured in great detail.

M) The Battle of Hastings 50p


Struck to mark the 950th Anniversary of The Battle of Hastings, this coin depicts the fate of King Harold at the hands of William The Conqueror, along with the date 1066 – when the battle took place.

N) The Team GB 50p


This 50p was issued to wish Team GB success in Rio de Janieiro at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The coin features a swimmer with the Team GB logo and Olympic rings, an original design created for Rio 2016 by Tim Sharp.

Cast your vote now!


  1. Jay price on December 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Ive got a 50p team Gb rio 2016 swimmer doin the breaststoke and a battle of hastings 50p no cases with em.. R they collectible and r they worth owt…

  2. tobyone on December 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Hi to all finally found out how to leave a post. I sent Yasmin a email last night ref Beatrix Potter 1866-1943 50p coin. I managed to get hold of a unopened £10 bag of 50p coins full with this coin inside, but to my surprise when I opened it there was one Battle of Hastings 50p coin inside. Only need Squirrel Nutkin to complete the set. If you can get hold of a sealed bag you may be able to kill two birds with one stone. Good luck

  3. Debs on November 30, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Mine was a 20p with a teardrop from the Queens eye.. unfortunately my 10yr old son took it for toast money to school… I had tears in my eyes instead.
    I love my 20p with a suberu on it..
    And i have a £1 clipped coin..

  4. Derek Cartmell. on November 30, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I have all commemorative coins to date do you know what coins are being issued for 2017. ?

    • kurto on November 30, 2016 at 10:34 am

      theyre apparently going to be going on sale in January

  5. lee francis on November 29, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    last of an era losing the round pound,

  6. Alan Fuke on November 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I have a £5 plastic note that appears to be a miscut how can I find if this is a miscut

  7. Sam Robinson on November 29, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    A close thing between The Great Fire and Battle of Hastings

  8. Martyn Vaughan on November 28, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I have just received in my change a 2016 £2 coin with the head of Britain is on it.Im wandering how many were minted & do I have a future collectors item?.

  9. Dave on November 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Could you please tell me are all the beatrix potter 50p’s now in general circulation. As I have only seen peter rabbit. Cheers Dave

    • Yasmin Britton on November 30, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Hi Dave, so far only the Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle 50p’s are in circulation! Good luck finding them 🙂

  10. Simon fiveash on November 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Brilliant coins this year could you please do a Beatles coin or make a note the new £10 or £20 pounds one what a coin that would be with a picture of them and the company logo ?✌️️

  11. Kurto on November 28, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    gotta be the pals battalion. the mintage figures for the BUs were less than a third of the other standard circulation coins.

  12. Russ on November 28, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Ask me again this time next year when most of the coins might actually be in circulation and in our collections – although two of them never will be!! Until then, they are simply pictures on a screen so how can we judge……