Back in 1962, the very first James Bond film saw the iconic British spy brought to life on the big screen and now, just as the 25th film is due to be released, The Royal Mint have issued a collection of brand new Bond themed £5 coins!

The first coin has just been released and is sure to create a stir in the coin collecting world…

Designed as a collaboration between Christian Davies and Matt Dent (partners from graphic design agency, Bison Bison), the first coin features the classic Bond car from Goldfinger – the Aston Martin DB5.

Dent commented on the design process, saying, “As Bond fans ourselves, we’ve enjoyed re-watching some of our favourite films. The design series focuses on iconic imagery from the Bond films. Finding the balance between design detail and what can be accomplished in production was a challenge, nowhere more so than the intricate spokes of the DB5’s wheel.

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You’ll notice that the first coin also features the number ‘0’ on the reverse design.

When all three coins are placed together, the famous ‘007’ motif will be spelt out – completing this classic collection.

Whilst the second and third coins haven’t been released yet, they will be available later in the year.

The second coin is set to feature a legendary Bond car, the submarine Lotus Espirit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, known as ‘Wet Nellie’. An inscription will also feature on the coin, saying ‘Pay attention 007′.

Finally, the last coin in the series will feature a timeless depiction of James Bond, showing his torso in a dinner jacket and bow tie. The inscription on this coin will read the iconic James Bond line, ‘Shaken not stirred’ in reference to the spy’s preferred style of Martini.

The History of James Bond

The character ‘James Bond’ was first brought to life in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming who created twelve novels and two short-story collections featuring the British Secret Service agent.

However, it was in 1962 that Bond first appeared on the big screen.

From ‘Dr No’ to ‘No Time To Die’, the character has appeared in a remarkable 25 films, with endless gadgets and iconic imagery from the films now recognised world-wide.

James Bond actors. Credit:

During the film series’ 58 year history, the suave secret agent has been portrayed by six different actors, and I’m sure we all have our own favourite ‘Bond’.

Currently played by Daniel Craig, the upcoming film will represent his fifth and final time starring as the MI6 agent codenamed 007.

The luxurious lifestyle, spectacular gadgets and dramatic vehicles have delighted audiences for generations and I’m sure Bond fans will be blown away to see their favourite film series celebrated on £5 coins.

Not the first James Bond themed UK coin…

Bond first appeared on UK coinage in 2018 with the release of the A-Z of Great Britain 10ps.

Naturally, Bond was chosen to represent the letter B as a quintessentially British icon.

This 10p has proven incredibly popular with collectors and has since not only worked its way to the top of the Change Checker Scarcity Index, but has remained on the top spot for the last few updates – confirming the popularity of this coin.

With the release of the brand new James Bond themed £5 coins in this special year celebrating the 25th Bond film, will we see a rise in the demand for Bond themed collectibles?

We certainly think these coins will make for an exciting set to add to your collection, but what do you think about the new Bond £5? Let us know in the comments below!

Add the Brand New Bond £5 to your collection!

You can now secure the first Bond £5 in superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality – what better way to match the luxurious lifestyle of the suave secret agent?

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Are you adaptable, smart, positive, flexible, outgoing and cheerful? Then you just might be born in the Lunar Year of the Rat!

The Chinese Zodiac calendar can be tracked back as far as the 14th Century B.C and has fascinated the imaginations of millions of people since.

As part of the eternal twelve-year cycle, an animal and its reputed attributes are assigned to each year.

Chinese Zodiac Wheel. Credit: cafeastrology

Like so many ancient traditions, the origin stories of the Chinese Zodiac vary. Some say that the Buddha called on animals to help mankind and only 12 responded. Others say a Great Race was held to determine which animal would be placed in the zodiac for eternity.

Excitingly for coin collectors, in tribute to the legend of the Zodiac, The Royal Mint have released a brand new Chinese Zodiac £5 coin in Superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality for the first time ever!

A coin collecting first – Lunar Year of the Rat £5 in Brilliant Uncirculated Quality

Starting in 2014 with the Year of the Horse, The Royal Mint have released a £5 coin as part of their Shēngxiào Collection every year. 

However, until now these coins have only ever been available in precious metal.

This year, for the first time ever, The Royal Mint has issued a £5 coin as part of their Shēngxiào Collection in Brilliant Uncirculated Quality.

2020 Lunar Year of the Rat £5

A coin collecting first, the 2020 Lunar Year of the Rat Brilliant Uncirculated £5 coin has been intricately designed by Royal Mint engraver P.J. Lynch to capture the characteristics of the people born in the Year of the Rat.

The design shows a single rat crouched and sniffing the air, showcasing its agility and inquisitiveness.

Other qualities associated with those people born in the Year of the Rat are intuitiveness and acuteness, while the element for these people is Water. Their lucky numbers could also include 2, 3, 6 and 8 and they should avoid number 4, 5 and 9.

The Chinese Zodiac Calendar – what animal are you?

There are twelve animals in total in the Chinese Zodiac calendar, but do you know what animal you are?

We’ve listed all twelve Zodiac animals below – let us know in the comments below if you think you match with your animal and its given characteristics!

  1. Rat: quick-witted, smart, charming, and persuasive
  2. Ox: patient, kind, stubborn, and conservative
  3. Tiger: authoritative, emotional, courageous, and intense
  4. Rabbit: popular, compassionate, and sincere
  5. Dragon: energetic, fearless, warm-hearted, and charismatic
  6. Snake: charming, gregarious, introverted, generous, and smart
  7. Horse: energetic, independent, impatient, and enjoy traveling
  8. Sheep: mild-mannered, shy, kind, and peace-loving
  9. Monkey: fun, energetic, and active
  10. Rooster: independent, practical, hard-working, and observant
  11. Dog: patient, diligent, generous, faithful, and kind
  12. Pig: loving, tolerant, honest, and appreciative of luxury

Secure your 2020 UK Lunar Year of the Rat £5 in Brilliant Uncirculated quality

For the first time ever, The Royal Mint have released a brand new Chinese Zodiac £5 coin in Superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality.

Add this coin to your collection today for just £10.99 (+p&p)

Discover the journey of the crown coin and how it became the UK’s flagship £5 commemorative coin

Do you have any of these crown coins in your collection? Let us know in the comments below!

Own the £5 coin issued to celebrate an unprecedented British Royal milestone

To celebrate this unprecedented Royal milestone, of the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s Coronation, The Royal Mint issued a £5 coin in 2018 in superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality, as a lasting tribute to this historic year.

Secure your Sapphire Coronation Anniversary £5 coin here.