The 2020 designs – what to expect from next year’s coins

***UPDATE***

As of The Royal Proclamations issued on 11th October 2019, a further two new coins have been confirmed for release next year…

A new £2 coin will be issued to celebrate 100 Years of Agatha Christie’s mystery novels. .

2020 Agatha Christie £2

The design is said to feature a nearly completed jigsaw puzzle with the final piece ready to be inserted, and the inscription ‘1920 100 YEARS OF MYSTERY 2020′.

Agatha Christie published her first novel ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ in 1920, which introduced detective Hercule Poirot, who became a long-running character in Christie’s work. In total, the detective features in 33 novels and 54 short stories!

Following the incredible popularity of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 50p featuring fictional-detective Sherlock Holmes and the Samuel Pepys’ £2 in the 2019 Annual Coin set, we can’t wait to see another great British writer celebrated on UK coinage.

2020 75th Anniversary of VE Day £2

A further £2 coin will also be issued with the inscription ‘VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY‘ to commemorate 75 years since VE Day and the end of the second world war.

VE Day is commonly used to refer to Victory Day in Europe which celebrates the formal acceptance of the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on 8 May 1945, marking the end of the war.

Featuring a woman holding a newspaper aloft in crowd of celebrating people, set against a backdrop of the word VICTORY, this new £2 coin will mark a pivotal moment in British history.

Excitingly, this new £2 will also have an edge inscription reading ‘JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW’.

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The Royal Proclamation published on 12th July 2019 has officially revealed three new coins which will be released next year...

Last week we shared the news about the 2020 Team GB 50p coin, which is sure to be a firm favourite amongst collectors, especially following the resounding popularity of the 2012 Olympic 50ps.

The new Team GB 50p will be issued by The Royal Mint next year to support Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

However, we also have another two coins to look forward to, including a Mayflower £2 coin and a George III £5 coin.

The 2020 designs - what to expect from next year's coins

2020 Mayflower £2

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower’s voyage from Plymouth, England to the ‘New World’ in 1620.

102 Pilgrims and around 30 crew aboard the ship spent two months at sea, battling against the North Atlantic wind on their journey to America.

Upon arrival, the Mayflower Compact was signed, allowing the English Puritan settlers to establish the first permanent New England colony.

To celebrate this important anniversary, The Royal Mint will be issuing a Mayflower £2 coin in 2020.

Mayflower Trial £2

Did you know that back in 1994 The Royal Mint created the first trial bi-metallic £2 coins and these actually featured the Mayflower ship on the design?

There were just over 4,500 packs issued which makes it an incredibly rare example of a bi-metallic £2 coin. More than 100 times rarer than the UK’s rarest £2 coin in circulation, the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games.

Because of this, it can sell on the secondary market for well into three figures.

The 2020 designs - what to expect from next year's coins

It will certainly be very interesting to see how the design of the 2020 coin compares to this 1994 trial piece.

2020 George III £5

Next year marks the 200th anniversary since the death of George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland.

He ruled the two countries separately until their union in 1801, after which his reign continued until his death in 1820.

George’s life and reign were longer than any British monarch before him, although his last 10 years were fraught with mental illness, resulting in his eldest son George IV ruling as Prince Regent.

To celebrate the life of George III, The Royal Mint will be issuing a new £5 coin in 2020.

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At the moment the designs are still top secret, but we can’t wait to see what the 2020 coins will look like!

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13 Comments

  1. Mike Bell on July 31, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Don’t you mean the Stephen hawking 50p Rachel? That was released on its own sherlock was released with the set also a Peter rabbit came out this year again and there was also a d day £2 coin come out this year I’ve managed to get all this year’s does that mean no more will come out and on another note I’ve only managed to get 2 10p both 2018 up here in Barrow in Furness they’re like rocking horse poo good luck folks on ur coin hunting



    • Rachel Hooper on August 5, 2019 at 8:50 am

      Hi Mike, the Queen Victoria £5, Sherlock Holmes 50p, Wedgwood, D-Day and Samuel Pepys’ £2 coins were released as part of the annual set this year. We’ve also had some fantastic individual coins, such as Stephen Hawking, Peter Rabbit and the Gruffalo, as well as the Tower of London £5 coins. The three 2020 coins mentioned in the blog will be included in next year’s annual set, but we don’t yet know if more coins will also feature in the set and what other coins might also be released individually next year. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when we find out more. Congrats on finding a couple of A-Z 10ps. They are really hard to find – I haven’t seen a single one in my change! Fingers crossed we’ll start seeing more of them.



  2. Craig on July 29, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Yeah thats what I meant…. intended for circulation. I wonder why they’ve not announced the 3rd Cook coin if they know it will be released. I wish there was a definitive list rather then “play it by ear” approach. I’d love to see another big series of coins released (into circulation) though. More the merrier for me.



  3. Rory on July 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Is there going to be a 2020 A to Z 10p coin set? Rory.



    • Rachel Hooper on July 29, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Rory, we don’t know as of yet if the A-Z 10ps will be released again next year. It would be pretty cool for people who are collecting a full set for each year though!



      • BETTY DALLAS on July 31, 2019 at 10:57 am

        cant even get 1 of 2019



      • Steve Stanway on July 31, 2019 at 4:48 pm

        Down here in southern Hampshire I havent seen any in circulation yet, neither 2019 or 2018.



      • Raymond Peentner on July 31, 2019 at 5:01 pm

        I totally ignore it. Have NEVER found even one in my banks runs or change, so choose to ignore it.



  4. Robert Gunn on July 29, 2019 at 10:22 am

    The Isle of Man issues a World Cup Cricket set of 50p coins this year. Surely the Royal Mint have thought about an “England Winners” coin – like the World Cup Football Stamp in 1966?



    • Rachel Hooper on July 29, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      It would be really cool to have something like that Robert! They have re-issued the Pride of England £5 to celebrate England’s success in the ICC Cricket World Cup: https://www.westminstercollection.com/p-537F/UK-2019-Pride-of-England-5-Pound-BU-Pack.aspx



    • Christopher Lacey on July 31, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      I too am still waiting to see my first one from ANY of those released so far. Where are they? Are they being hoarded in the hope that the price will rise?



  5. Craig on July 29, 2019 at 9:10 am

    A few questions…. Aren’t we getting a third Captain Cook £2 coin? If so, why isn’t it on the list? Given the amount of coins produced over the last few years can we not expect more? Finally, does the Royal Proclamation mean these coins will definitely be released?



    • Rachel Hooper on July 29, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Craig, the 3rd Captain Cook £2 is due out next year, however these are the three coins which have so far been announced for the 2020 annual coin set. This year’s annual set featured the Queen Victoria £5, Sherlock Holmes 50p, Wedgwood, D-Day and Samuel Pepys’ £2 coins, however other coins have also been issued this year, such as the 2nd Captain Cook £2, Sherlock Holmes and Gruffalo 50p. The Royal Proclamation means the coins will be issued, however it doesn’t state whether or not they will be issued for circulation. I hope that helps. Thanks, Rachel