Bond is Back! The Six Decades of 007 Coin Series…

Following the 60th Anniversary since Bond first appeared on the silver screen, The Royal Mint have launched a seven-coin series celebrating each decade of James Bond! The series kicked off with the very first decade of Bond, celebrating the 60s, but the latest coin to be released takes us back to of the 80s.

Bond of the 80s

The third coin in the series transports us back to 1980, and honours two beloved Bond actors. Sir Roger Moore who continued to portray James Bond from the 70s through to 1985, and Timothy Dalton who put a more serious spin on the role and played the iconic agent from 1987 to 1989.

Depicted on the third coin is the MI6 agent in the Acrostar ‘Bede’ Jet that appeared in the opening sequence for Moore’s sixth 007 film, Octopussy. Repeating over in the background is each of the 80s Bond film titles, behind the BD-J5 Acrostar.

2024 Bond films of the 80s £5
2024 Bond films of the 80s £5

The 80s brought us some of the most well-known Bond movies, with the likes of For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and Licence to Kill. This decade was a real defining era for James Bond, I have to say, I think it represents Bond perfectly.

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Bond of the 70s

This second coin in the series depicts the iconic car-submarine, Wet Nellie from hit 70s film, The Spy Who Loved Me. And, like the first coin in the series, features and repeats each 1970s bond film titles behind the much-loved vehicle.

2023 Bond Films of the 70s £5

Throughout the 70s we saw a whole new era of Bond, with Sean Connery passing the iconic role on to Roger Moore, who is the oldest actor to have played Bond, making his debut as the secret agent at 45. Moore has undoubtably been in some of the most well-known bond movies, like Live and Let Die and Diamonds are Forever.

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Bond of the 60s

Sean Connery captivated our hearts as he became the first James Bond in 1962’s, Dr. No. To this day, he’s ranked by entertainment publication, Collider, as the most popular Bond, and to no surprise. Connery’s distinct, Scottish accent helped define some of Bond’s most memorable quotes.

The first coin in the series depicts Sean Connery in the trusty ‘autogyro’ (a one-person aircraft) named ‘Little Nellie’ from the much-loved, You Only Live Twice. With a subtle nod to Connery’s work as the special agent, each of his 007 film titles appear behind James Bond in Little Nellie.

2023 UK Bond films of the 60s £5
2023 UK Bond films of the 60s £5

The Beginning of Bond

70 years ago writer Ian Fleming first brought James Bond into the world, in the April of 1953 with his first 007 novel – Casino Royale. Paving the way for eleven more Bond novels to be made, and inspiring a whole franchise based on the famous spy himself.

Just under 10 years later, 007 took to the screen and the first James Bond movie was made, bringing the impressive agent ‘to life’ in 1962. And, it hasn’t stopped there, with the most recent Bond movie, No Time to Die, only coming out 2 years ago!

Sean Connery as James Bond in 1964’s Goldfinger.
Credit: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Comet Photo AG (Zürich), via Wikimedia Commons

A History of Bond Coins

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Bond on our UK coins!

First appearing in 2018 on the ‘B’ for Bond coin as part of the A-Z of Great Britain 10p collection, 220,000 Bond 10ps were first issued in 2018, followed by 84,000 in 2019! This 10p has proved extremely popular with collectors and has been at the top of Change Checker Scarcity Index in recent rankings.

And, how could we forget that in 2020 we had the three-part 007 £5 coin series, in which each of the coins placed together, spell out ‘007’, alongside some of Bond’s most memorable quotes.

2018 A-Z of Britain ‘B’ for Bond 10p
2020 James Bond £5 Coins

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Upcoming King Charles III Coins! What we know so far…

The collecting community has been abuzz with excitement for new King Charles III coins, especially since the UK’s new circulating coinage set was released in October.

And so I’m delighted to give you all the updates we know so far about future King Charles III commemorative coins to look forward to.

Read on to find out what’s on the horizon from the UK’s latest Royal Proclamations and get ready to add these upcoming coins to your collecting wish list!


Upcoming 50p Releases

On the 23rd February 2024, a Royal Proclamation was released announcing 4 new commemorative 50p coins coming soon.

For now, the full details and designs are still top secret, but we do have some clues as to what will appear on these coins:

  1. a depiction of the Millennium Falcon with the inscription “STAR WARS”
  2. a depiction of a TIE Fighter with the inscription “STAR WARS”
  3. a depiction of an X-Wing with the inscription “STAR WARS”
  4. a depiction of the Death Star II with the inscription “STAR WARS”

Following on from the Star Wars Character Duos 50p series released in 2023 and 2024, we can expect to see more new UK 50ps featuring iconic spacecrafts from the Star Wars franchise.

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UK Star Wars Character Duos 50ps
UK Star Wars Character Duos 50ps
C-3PO & R2-D2, Darth Vader & Emperor Palpatine, Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia and Han Solo & Chewbacca

Iconic Specimens 50ps

Two of the three new Iconic Specimens 50ps have already been released, featuring the mighty Tyrannosaurus and the colossal Stegosaurus, however the Diplodocus 50p is still to come!

These coins are a fitting addition to the wider Tales of the Earth series which previously featured the Dinosauria Collection and the Mary Anning Collection.

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Upcoming £5 Releases

Music Legends

The royal proclamation released on the 23rd February 2024 shines a light on a new legend set to appear on a UK £5 coin – the one and only, George Michael!

Designs are still top secret, however we know that the reverse will include a depiction of George Michael with has name as an inscription.

Myths & Legends

From Arthurian tales, to the story of Robin Hood, the Myths & Legends series encompasses some of the best known British folklore.

The latest royal proclamation has announced the next legend to feature in the series, as Maid Marion is due to appear on a new UK £5.

Bond

We’re almost halfway through the Decades of Bond £5 coin series, with 4 still to be released. Each coin in this series celebrates a decade of James Bond films, with iconic imagery from the movies and the film titles from each era repeated in the background.

So far, we’ve seen the Bond of the 60s coin featuring Little Nellie from You Only Live Twice, the Bond of the 70s coin showing Wet Nellie, the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me and the Bond of the 80s £5 which features the Acrostar ‘Bede’ Jet from Octopussy.

When you consider the huge popularity of the ‘B’ A-Z 10p which was dedicated to James Bond and the 2020 Bond £5 series, there’s no doubt that this theme is loved within the collecting community.

What do you think will feature on the upcoming Decades of Bond £5 coins?


Upcoming £2 Releases

As of yet, we have no news to bring of upcoming commemorative £2 coins, but as soon as we hear more we’ll be sure to update this blog and our social channels – so make sure you’re following us to stay in the know!


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Myths and Legends: Morgan le Fay £5 JUST RELEASED!

The third coin in the Myths and Legends £5 series pays tribute to King Arthur’s half sister and legendary enchantress, Morgan le Fay.

2023 UK Morgan le Fay £5
2023 UK Morgan le Fay £5

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The design

The reverse design features a depiction of Morgan le Fay wearing a winged headpiece in an intimidating stance ready to cast her dark powers. David Lawrence, who also designs the other coins in the Myths and Legends series, has perfectly captured her as a force to be reckoned with on this new UK £5.

Morgan le Fay £5 reverse
Morgan le Fay £5 reverse

This is the third and final coin inspired by Arthurian legend in the Myths and Legends series. But what would you like to see on a Myths and Legends £5 next? Let us know in the comments below!

The mythology of Morgan le Fay

In many legends, Morgan le Fay is portrayed as a witch with the ability to fly and shapeshift. However, in alternate versions of Arthurian legend, she plays a pivotal role in helping a wounded King Arthur to the Isle of Avalon where she treats his injuries.

Illustration of Morgan le Fay 
Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Illustration of Morgan le Fay
Credit: Frederick Sandys, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Whilst she is sometimes portrayed as a benevolent healer, Morgan le Fay is commonly cast as a villain who seeks to harm King Arthur and anyone associated with him in literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.

2023 UK Merlin £5

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The second £5 in the series featured mythical wizard Merlin poised with his magical staff, ready to wield his power. If you look closely, you’ll also see Archimedes the owl – a character from author T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone – sitting serenely on the wizard’s shoulder.

Designer David Lawrence gave collectors a peek at the mythical island Avalon in the background, while Martin Jennings’ portrait of King Charles III featured on the obverse of the coin.

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2023 UK King Arthur £5

King Arthur £5 coin.
2023 UK King Arthur CERTIFIED BU £5

King Arthur featured on the first £5 in the Myths and Legends UK series. The legendary British King was depicted carrying a sword of Merlin’s creation – Excalibur!

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I’m sure you’ll agree each of these dynamic coins has been a brilliant addition to the Myths and Legends series. Will you be adding Morgan Le Fay to your collection?

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