Celebrate over 250 years of Royal History with the Buckingham Palace £5

When visiting London, there’s one place that’s most likely to be on everyone’s sightseeing list…Buckingham Palace! And as one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, it’s only fitting that it now features on a UK £5 coin!

2024 UK Buckingham Palace £5
2024 UK Buckingham Palace £5

A design fit for a King…or Queen!

The 2024 UK Buckingham Palace £5 was first issued in January as part of the 2024 Annual Coin Set, but it’s now been individually released!

The design on this new £5, by Henry Gray, pays tribute to the building that carries so much history, with a beautifully detailed depiction of the front of Buckingham Palace. If you look closely, you’ll see the Royal Standard flying, which signifies the presence of a British Monarch, and the whole design is encircled in a floral ring, tying in with the King’s love of nature.

The Royal Standard can be seen flying atop the Palace
The Royal Standard can be seen flying atop the Palace

The History of the Palace

Buckingham Palace has been in the Royal Family since 1761, when George III bought it as Buckingham House for his wife, Queen Charlotte, to use as their family home. It wasn’t until 1826 that George IV transformed the house into a palace, however the project took much longer and cost much more than expected and was finished by his successor William IV, although he never actually moved in.

Illustration of Buckingham House
Illustration of Buckingham House
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Queen Victoria was the first monarch to take up residence in Buckingham Palace in 1837, and it remained the royal residence and place of official business until the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. It now serves as King Charles III’s administrative headquarters, although he doesn’t live there.

Many a state visit and national celebration have taken place at the Palace, most recently the King’s Coronation celebrations and Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. It also facilitated significant moments in history, such as the signing of The London Declaration in 1949 that created the Commonwealth as we know it today.

Buckingham Palace in 2009
Buckingham Palace in 2009
Credit: Diliff, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Did you know…Buckingham Palace boasts 775 rooms, a cinema, swimming pool, post office, police station, a doctor’s clinic and a cash machine! It also has the largest private garden in London, covering 42 acres and including a helipad, a lake and tennis courts!

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With its rich history, it’s surprising that this is the first time that Buckingham Palace has ever featured on a UK £5 coin. What’s not surprising though, is that the Buckingham Palace £5 was voted your second favourite coin design from the 2024 Annual Set.

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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 2000s.

Bond of the 00s

The fifth coin in the series celebrates the Bond films of the 2000s and marks Daniel Craig’s debut as Bond in Casino Royale in 2006. Another two 007 films hit the big screens in the 2000s, including Die Another Day and Quantum of Solace. Can you spot these titles written on the new Bond £5?

2024 Bond films of the 00s £5
2024 Bond films of the 00s £5

But the star of the show on this action-packed coin is the iconic hovercraft from the opening sequence in Die Another Day.

Die Another Day Opening Sequence
Credit: Diecast

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Bond of the 90s

The fourth coin in the series bounces back to 1990s and marks Pierce Brosnan’s acting debut as Bond in GoldenEye in 1995. Another two 007 films hit the big screens in the 90s, including Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. Can you spot these titles written on the new Bond £5?

2024 Bond films of the 90s £5
2024 Bond films of the 90s £5

But the star of the show on this action-packed coin is none other than Q Branch’s speedboat from the iconic River Thames scene in The World Is Not Enough.

Image credit: The Telegraph

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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.

Robert Rouse from United States, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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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

The Gruffalo’s Child

Back in 2019, the collecting world was sent into a frenzy with the release of a 50p celebrating 20 years since the publication of the beloved Julia Donaldson children’s book, The Gruffalo!

Believe it or not, in 2024 we celebrate 20 years since the best-selling sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child was released.

So it’s only fitting that a new UK 50p should be released this year to mark the occasion!

The new 50p is set to feature a depiction of the Gruffalo’s Child and a mouse, accompanied by the inscription “THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD”.

Considering the popularity of previous Gruffalo coins, this release really will be one to watch out for!

Red Arrows

Formally known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows are one of the world’s top aerobatic display teams.

Renowned for their speed, agility and trademark Diamond Nine shape formation, the team have been displaying since 1965 and will soon feature for the first time on a UK 50p coin.

By Photo: Cpl Andy Benson/MOD, OGL v1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26922143

The upcoming 50p is set to feature a depiction of three Red Arrow aircraft with their signature smoke trails, with the inscription “RED ARROWS”.

This is certainly a release collectors and Red Arrow fans alike will be looking forward to!


It’s been a Christmas tradition to welcome The Snowman onto a new UK 50p and this year is set to be no different, as a new UK Snowman 50p will be released.

The new coin will feature a depiction of The Snowman from the book, placing a star atop a
Christmas tree.

2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 The Snowman™ 50ps

Previous Snowman coins have been some of the most sought-after issues of the year, so you can be sure that collectors will be looking forward to seeing this new coin when it’s released!

Harry Potter

A new Harry Potter 50p is set to cast a spell on collectors this year!

According to the Royal Proclamation, this coin will feature a depiction of Harry Potter being captured by three Merpeople accompanied by the inscription “THE BLACK LAKE”.

Earlier this year, we were treated to a new Harry Potter 50p – with the boy wizard himself flying across the coin as he took part in the challenge of the Winged Keys.

Next up, we travel to the Black Lake for another exciting Harry Potter adventure, brought to life on a UK 50p!

Upcoming £5 Releases

Queen’s Panther

We’ve already seen six Tudor Beasts brought to life on UK £5 coins and it looks as though the next in the line-up is set to feature the Queen’s Panther.

Over 400 years ago Henry VIII commissioned the sculpting of 10 heraldic animal statues. They were produced to represent the ancestry of King Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. These became known as “The King’s Beasts” and can still be seen to this day, guarding the main entrance to Hampton Court Palace.

The Tudor Beasts outside of Hampton Court Palace. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Little John

The Royal Mint’s Myths & Legends £5 series will continue with the release of Little John – companion to Robin Hood and second-in-command of the Merry Men.

We’ve already been treated to three Arthurian Legend £5 coins. Now the series continues with Robin Hood, Maid Marian and the upcoming Little John £5.

Little John and Robin Hood. Credit: By Louis Rhead – https://archive.org/details/boldrobinhoodhis00rhea/page/n12, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83451316

Lunar Year of the Snake

The Lunar Year £5 coins are usually one of the first coins issued bearing the following year’s date. For example, the Lunar Year of the Dragon £5 was issued in September 2023 and was the first 2024 dated UK £5 coin.

The next Lunar Year £5 coin has been announced, and as 2025 will be the Year of the Snake, it’ll feature the snake.

Chinese Zodiac Wheel
Credit: cafeastrology

The Royal Proclamation reveals that the coin will feature a depiction of a snake upon grassy landscape with the inscription “YEAR OF THE SNAKE · ”, the date of the year and the Chinese character for a snake.

Decades of Bond £5 Series

We’re over halfway through the Decades of Bond £5 coin series, with 3 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, the Bond of the 80s £5 which features the Acrostar ‘Bede’ Jet from Octopussy and the Bond of the 90s £5 depicting the iconic Thames River chase scene from The World is Not Enough.

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

Winston Churchill £2

Usually, all the coins in the Annual Set are individually released throughout the year, however this year is different, as the Winston Churchill £2 will NOT be individually issued. So currently the only way to get your hands on it is in the 2024 Annual Set.

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