*** UPDATE ***
The Change Checker Face Value Coin Ballot will be continuing for 2020!
With fewer coins going into circulation these days, we want to give collectors the chance to own future UK coins for face value.
So, we launched the Face Value Coin Ballot to to do just that!
Simply sign up to the Face Value Ballot and each time there’s a new 50p released in 2020, we’ll select 1,000 people to add the latest coin to their collection for face value, in superior brilliant uncirculated quality! 500 people will be selected for every 2020 £2 release.
If you’re lucky enough to be chosen, we’ll still keep your name in the pot for all future 2020 releases – so if you’re really lucky you might get picked more than once!
And don’t worry, if you’re chosen but decide you no longer want to purchase the coin at face value, you’re under no obligation to place your order.
Whilst fantastic new coins continue to be issued, the demand for cash is just so low and we don’t know which coins will be entering circulation, so the ballot gives collectors a fair chance to secure the latest coins at face value.
For all the information you need to know about the 2020 Face Value Coin Ballot, take a look at the FAQ’s below.
1. How do I enter the 2020 Face Value Coin Ballot?
Please click here and follow the step by step instructions.
2. Does it cost anything to enter the ballot?
It’s FREE to enter the 2020 Face Value Coin Ballot. If you are successful we will email you a link to pay for your coin at face value.
3. Who can enter the 2020 Face Value Coin Ballot?
The ballot is open to all UK residents. Employees of 288 Group and their families are not eligible to enter.
4. If i entered the 2019 Ballot do I need to sign up again?
No, if you are already entered into the 2019 Ballot, you will be automatically entered for 2020 – so you don’t have to do anything!
5. How many times can I enter the ballot?
Ballot entry is limited to one per household. Additional applications will not be entered into the ballot.
6. Will I need to enter the ballot each time a new coin is released?
No. You only need to enter once to then be included in the ballot for all upcoming UK new issue 50p and £2 coins in 2020.
7. Will I need to enter again if I win a ballot?
No. Even if you win, we will still automatically include you in the next ballot.
8. How will I know if my ballot entry has been successful?
The successful ballot entrants will be notified via email on launch day. You will have 7 days to confirm your reservation.
9. If I am successful, what do I need to do?
We will email you. You will need a credit/debit card to confirm your payment. Payment will not be taken until after the coin has been despatched.
10. If I am successful, when will I receive my coin?
You should receive your coin 3-5 working days after despatch.
11. If I am successful, do I have to complete my order?
If you are successful in the ballot, you have the choice of whether you wish to complete your application by making your payment. If you choose not to, your allocation will automatically be forfeited after 7 days.
How to contact us:
If you have further questions please click here to contact our Customer Service Team
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Terms & Conditions
- Ballot entry is limited to one per household. Additional applications will not be entered in to the ballot.
- The ballot will be drawn up to three days before each launch.
- The successful ballot entrants will be notified by email on the day of release for the new coin.
- Successful entrants will be provided with an exclusive link to confirm their purchase of the newly released coin at face value. Please note that entrants must use the link from the email to secure the coin. We will not be able to place the order over the phone. Successful entrants will have 7 days in which to confirm their purchase. After that time their allocation will be forfeited.
- We reserve the right to vary the terms and conditions at any time, including, but not limited to, stopping the 2020 Face Value Ballot completely, closing the ballot early or extending the closing date and varying the number of coins available.
- The ballot is not open to employees of 288 Group or their families.
On the 20th November, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary – that’s an incredible 70 years of marriage (or 25,568 days to be exact) and a first in British royal history.
In honour of the occasion, The Royal Mint issued a brand new £5 coin – featuring a specially commissioned double portrait of the couple.
The coin marks the longest marriage in royal history, and a very personal milestone for the couple. But it’s also the RAREST EVER Royal anniversary and is of huge significance to collectors around the world.
The incredibly rare anniversary few of us know about
Although there are no official statistics to back it up, it seems likely that only around 30 couples will join the Queen and Prince Philip in celebrating their Platinum Wedding Anniversary this year. Or to put it another way – just 60 people in the UK will mark 70 years of marriage in 2017 – that literally makes each of them one in a million!
The royal couple have a love of horses so it is only fitting that the coin depicts the Queen riding her favourite horse ‘Burmese’ with her husband Prince Philip by her side. The special conjoined portrait of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip on the obverse has been designed by Etienne Millner, a leading figurative sculptor.
So not only does the new UK £5 coin commemorate this incredibly rare milestone, the coin is also one of the most historically important coins issued during Her Majesty’s reign.
For the Queen and Prince Philip their Platinum Wedding Anniversary is the pinnacle of their long list of incredible milestones, and this coin is sure to be sought after by collectors all over the world for years to come.
2017 UK Platinum Wedding CERTIFIED BU £5
The Platinum Wedding £5 coin is protectively encapsulated and Certified as superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality, so you know your coin will be protected forever and guaranteed by its Certified Hologram.
This year we celebrate the Platinum Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh – an incredible 70 years of marriage and a FIRST in British royal history.
To celebrate this new milestone, The Royal Mint has issued a brand new UK £5 coin which is sure to be a key issue sought-after by collectors for years to come.
We have managed to secure 1,000 of these brand new UK Platinum Wedding Anniversary £5 Coins for a special UK £5 Coin Ballot.
By entering the ballot you’ve now got the chance to own this brand new £5 for its face value – just £5, POSTFREE.
About the 2017 UK Platinum Wedding Anniversary £5 Coin
Artist John Bergdahl who created the reverse of this special coin explained about the relevance of the equestrian imagery:
“The use of mounted figures has long been a traditional way to mark important royal occasions. Both The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have a love of horses but it seems they rarely rode together, Prince Philip being mainly involved in polo and Her Majesty hacking for pleasure.”
“I therefore chose to depict them at the Trooping the Colour. The Queen is riding her favourite horse Burmese and appears very serene, while Prince Philip’s horse is seen pulling to one side and about to kick over the traces, a reflection perhaps of their different natures.”
The obverse features a special portrait of the couple by sculptor Etienne Millner.
Speaking about the design, he said, “I am hoping to portray The Queen not only as monarch but as a wife, mother and grandmother.”
The History of the £5 Coin
Traditionally, major British events were celebrated with commemorative crowns, which had a face value of 25p, or 5 shillings prior to decimalisation in February 1971. But in 1990 the face value was increased to £5 to give the coin a value consistent with its weight and size.
The first ever £5 coin was released to celebrate The Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday, with other popular issues including The Queen and Prince Philip’s 50th Golden Wedding in 1997, The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Crown in 1999 and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2005.
The Ballot opens today (2nd October) and will close at 5pm on Monday 16th October.
Your way to own the UK’s new £5 coin for just £5
But remember, with only 1000 of these coins available in the ballot you’ll need to register now for your chance to own the Platinum Wedding Anniversary £5 Coin.