Back in November 2014, the Royal Mint unveiled the new themes and designs for all 2015 coins intended for circulation.
As you can imagine, this caused a lot of excitement and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on them. In a poll, we asked change checkers to vote which design was their favourite with the clear winner being the 2015 Royal Navy £2.
So where are these 2015 commemorative coins?
The Battle of Britain 50p was released into circulation a few months ago, and a few lucky change checkers have managed to get their hands on them. Others, are still looking but we’re sure they’ll turn up soon.
The other commemorative coin that has proved to be very popular among collectors was the 2015 Royal Coat of Arms £1. It was revealed in December that the final batch of round £1 coins came off the production line at the Royal Mint, meaning that the only 2016 pound coins available to collectors will be Brilliant uncirculated version of the £1 coin.
It is our understanding that the remaining 2015 commemorative coins will finally be released into circulation in March, so you may be able to find them in your change in just a matter days.
So keep checking your change over the coming weeks – you could be one of the first to find these £2 coins!
The UK 2016 Certified BU Great Fire of London £2
£5 coins are the UK’s flagship coin. But since 2012, the Royal Mint has stopped offering them at face value. And we think that’s all wrong.
Which is why we’ve secured a stock of 1,000 NEW UK £5 coins struck to mark HM Queen’s 90th Birthday that we’re offering to collectors for their face value – £5 for £5.
First issued in 1990, £5 coins are usually reserved for commemorating Royal
occasions. But many others also commemorate significant British anniversaries, and they are a favourite among collectors because of their interesting designs and are viewed by many as one of the UK’s flagship coins.
Sign the Petition to bring back the £5 coin for £5
Unfortunately, a £5 coin hasn’t been issued by the Royal Mint for its face value since the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics in 2012. For us, and I’m sure other Change Checkers, this has been incredibly frustrating.
Which is why we’d like to see The Royal Mint offering the UK £5 for its face value again.
Do you agree? Click here to sign our petition to Bring Back UK £5 Coins for £5.
The ONLY way to own Britain’s new UK £5 for £5
Entries have been flooding in for our #BritainInCoins competition over the last few weeks, and with the competition now closed, our three judges are busy sifting through the piles of photographs and deliberating over the outright winner.
Appreciating a design is an important aspect of change collecting, and the idea behind #BritainInCoins was to encourage Change Checkers to look more closely at the artistry of the coins in their pocket. Many of the coins we see on a daily basis go beyond their arbitrary monetary value – they commemorate significant British anniversaries, events and people.
Since #BritainInCoins launched in June we have been treated to all kinds of imaginative photographs which have managed to bring ordinary coins to life. From a baby hedgehog to the Mary Rose ship, we’ve seen a bit of everything along the way and have received entries from all corners of the country. Some have even come from as far afield as Afghanistan!
Former Royal Mint Engraver and Britain In Coins judge Matt Bonaccorsi commented:
“I’ve been very impressed with the overall quality of the entries – it’s been a pleasure to see such imagination from amateur photographers. The ideas have been original and the quality of some of the photography has been exceptionally high. It’s going to be a tough job picking a winner!”
The stakes are high, with £1,000 cash being awarded for the best photo and a 2014 year set of coins going to five runners-up.
A big thank you to everyone who has submitted an entry – stay tuned for our next announcement…
Take a look at the #BritainInCoins entries on our Facebook page here