The Royal Mint has just announced the release of a brand new UK coin that pays tribute to Prince Philip and his 70 years of service.
On 4th May this year, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip, the
Duke of Edinburgh would be retiring from public duty. This marks an incredible 70 years of service to the Queen, the United Kingdom, British Isles and the Commonwealth.
The release of this coin is sure to be exciting for Change Checkers in the knowledge that the last UK coin that featured Prince Philip turned out to be extremely rare.
The rarest £5 coin
Back in 2011 a UK £5 coin was issued by The Royal Mint in celebration of the 90th birthday of Prince Philip.
The coins design featured a specially commissioned portrait of Philip by Mark Richards FRBS. Just 18,730 of these coins were struck in Brilliant Uncirculated presentation packs making it one of the rarest £5 coins ever.
And because of this, the coin is extremely sought after by collectors and is virtually impossible to get hold of on the secondary market.
As you probably already know, coins with a lower mintage are often the most sought-after by collectors in years to come.
So could this new 2017 UK Prince Phillip coin have an even lower mintage?
Now available to pre-order
We know how much you love a new coin design so earlier this month we asked you to vote for your favourite 2017 release.
This turned into a hotly contested 3 horse race between the Jane Austen £2, the Sir Isaac Newton 50p and the WWI Aviation £2 coin. But there could only be one winner and the coin you chose was…
THE SIR ISAAC NEWTON 50p!
Sir Isaac Newton is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution. He changed our understanding of mathematics and physics, redefined the way we see the world and shaped the security of our currency in his role as Master of the Mint. Designed by Aaron West, this 50p coin has been issued to commemorate the achievements of Sir Isaac Newton and remembers the legacy he left.
In total there were over 900 votes with only 29 votes separating the top 3:
The Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin is due for individual release later this year, so make sure you sign up to receive updates on its availability.
There is no doubt that the 2016 Beatrix Potter caused a collecting storm across the UK with collectors checking their change in an attempt to find a complete set of Beatrix Potter 50p’s. In fact the series has been so popular, the coins have dominated the news ever since they were revealed by The Royal Mint last year.
And now, 2017 is set to be another exciting year for Change Checkers with the release of FOUR BRAND NEW Beatrix Potter 50p’s.
There were rumours last year about whether more Beatrix Potter themed 50ps would be issued… and they were true! We can now reveal the brand new designs for 2017…
The ‘Tale of Peter Rabbit’ was the first in a series of 23 little tales by Beatrix Potter. The inquisitive bunny is the star of the little tales and pops up in many of the other stories.
This brand new 50p is available right now in superior brilliant uncirculated quality and features Peter Rabbit in his iconic blue jacket that became the emblem of Beatrix Potter’s work.
Mr. Jeremy Fisher
Like many of the characters from the little tales, Jeremy Fisher began life in a letter which Beatrix Potter wrote while holidaying on the River Tay in Scotland.
The 50p features Mr. Jeremy Fisher in his waterproof makintosh and galoshes and collector quality versions are due to be released on the 5th June.
Tom Kitten was first introduced in 1907 when the ‘The Tale of Tom Kitten’ was published. The naughty kitten appeals to children everywhere with his antics and is another favourite character from the series.
The collector version Tom Kitten 50p will be available from 31st July and features the original illustration of Tom Kitten from the front cover of Beatrix Potter’s book.
‘The tale of Benjamin Bunny’ published in 1904, was written from scratch by Beatrix Potter. She even borrowed a cat to create new sketches for the illustrated tale.
The 50p features Benjamin Bunny dressed in his little brown jacket and over-sized tam-o’-shanter, this coin will be available in September in superior brilliant uncirculated quality.
I’m sure you’ll agree, these four coins are the perfect continuation of the series, and really capture the nostalgic charm of Beatrix Potter’s original stories. Emma Noble has designed all four coins which have been issued to carry on the celebrations of some of Beatrix Potter’s most loved animals.
There is no date as of yet to when these 50p’s will be released into circulation but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as we can. The first series of 50p’s issued in 2016 proved to be extremely popular with collectors nationwide, so it is no doubt that the second series of 50p’s will be just as sought after.