Did you know that a special six-sided coin was very nearly released to commemorate one of the most significant celebrations in British history – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?

In fact, the coin was so close to being produced that the design was nearly sent off for Royal approval before the proposal was eventually rejected by senior staff at the Royal Mint.

But what could this coin have looked like? Stay tuned as we explore more in this blog…

What the UK’s first 60p could have looked like

A mock-up of what the 60p coin could have looked like. Source: Mirror.co.uk

A document from Kevin Clancy, secretary to the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, and addressed to the Master of the Mint at the time – Chancellor George Osborne, stated “The proposed coin would be a six-sided bi-colour coin with round of nickel-brass and a shaped outer of cupro-nickel.”

The document also stated: “It is recommended that an entirely new denomination coin – a 60p piece – should be produced to commemorate the 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign”.

Whilst the coin was proposed to be a commemorative-only issue and wouldn’t enter circulation, the idea for the coin was abandoned all together, as papers from the Royal Mint Advisory Committee revealed the commemorative coin programme was already ‘sufficiently comprehensive’.

This programme in question of course ended up bringing us the stunning 2012 Diamond Jubilee £5 Coin.

2012 Diamond Jubilee £5 Coin

2012 Diamond Jubilee £5. Credit: Numista.

This was the first coin ever to be struck to commemorate a Diamond Jubilee – there were no special coins for Queen Victoria’s in 1897!

The obverse featured a new portrait of Her Majesty crowned and wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter, created especially for the Diamond Jubilee by Ian Rank-Broadley.

Also designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, the obverse features a portrait of the young Queen Elizabeth just as she appeared in her first portrait with the Latin words DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS (May God Guide My Steps).

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This £5 isn’t the only remarkable issue we’ve seen commemorating Her Majesty’s Jubilees…

1993 Coronation 40th Anniversary £5

1993 Coronation 40th Anniversary £5.

This £5 coin was issued to mark 40 years since the Queen’s coronation in 1953 – her Ruby Jubilee.

The obverse features the original portrait by Mary Gillick placed in a circle surrounded by eight mounted trumpeters of the Household Cavalry separated by swords and sceptres.

The reverse features the Crown of St Edward which was used at the Coronation, set within 40 radiating trumpets.

The words FAITH AND TRUTH I WILL BEAR UNTO YOU, from the Coronation oath, are inscribed at the top, with the double dates 1953 and 1993 appearing at the foot.

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2002 Golden Jubilee £5

2002 UK Golden Jubilee £5. Credit: numista

In 2002, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, the Royal Mint produced this £5 coin.

On one side appears an unusual bust portrait of the Queen wearing the robes of state. The dramatic impact of this motif are heightened by the absence of any inscription other than the value in small lettering around the foot.

The reverse design, as with the original Coronation crown of 1953 features the Queen on horseback. The Latin motto AMOR POPULI PRAESIDIUM REG(inae) meaning ‘The love of the people is the Queen’s protection’ was last used on the coinage of Charles I.

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 1953. Source: Daily Herald Archive at the National Media Museum via Wikimedia Commons.

In 2022, Her Majesty will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, after a magnificent 70 years of service to the throne.

According to the Government website, plans are already in place to mark this anniversary, including collaborations with “some of the UK’s leading creative minds, event organisers and world class digital design companies”.

In keeping with tradition, a Platinum Jubilee medal is said to be awarded to people “who work in public service including representatives of the Armed Forces, the emergency services and the prison services.

This tradition stretches back to the reign of Queen Victoria when an official medal was designed to mark her 50th anniversary on the throne”.

Whilst there has been no official confirmation of a Platinum Jubilee commemorative coin in the works, we’re certainly going to keep our fingers crossed that this magnificent anniversary will be celebrated on our UK coinage.


Would you have liked to have seen a six-sided 60p issued to commemorate Her Majesty’s Jubilee anniversary? Let us know in the comments!


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Among the most popular and influential bands of the 1960s and ’70s, The WHO were key to defining the mod genre and originated the ‘rock opera’ both in Britain and worldwide.

The WHO (pictured 1965). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Despite having an early influence from the American Rhythm and Blues genre, The WHO’s move towards a new style of British rock allowed them to reject any form of pretension when dealing with teenage frustrations.

The WHO’s undeniable popularity, which spans across generations, has granted them numerous awards and they even reached the Grammy Hall of Fame for their single “My Generation” and the albums Tommy and Who’s Next.

But Change Checker is head-bangingly excited to reveal that as of The Royal Proclamation on 28th April 2021, The WHO can add a brand new UK £5 coin to their impressive collection of accolades.

Whilst the design of the coin remains top secret, we can expect the reverse to show a depiction of a guitar shaped pinball machine accompanied by the inscription “THE WHO”.

Whilst it hasn’t been officially confirmed, we can safely assume this coin will be part of the incredible Music Legends series which brought us the 2020 UK Queen £5, the 2020 Elton John £5, and the 2020 UK David Bowie £5.

We’re so excited for the design of this brand new coin to be revealed – we’re sure it’s going to rock the coin collecting world…

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This year, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 95th birthday – making her the first ruling monarch in British history to reach this milestone!

In celebration of this incredible royal event, a UK £5 coin has been issued!

Designed by heraldic artist, Timothy Noad, the coin features the Royal Cypher ‘EIIR’ and the quote, “MY HEART AND MY DEVOTION” a nod to part of her 1957 Christmas broadcast, which was the first to be televised.

We also see the date of Her Majesty’s birth and the year 2021, highlighting the remarkable 95th anniversary year.

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This coin was first issued as part of the 2021 Annual Coin Set and has already been proving incredibly popular with collectors.

And when you consider the popularity of previous coins celebrating Her Majesty, we’re expecting demand for this coin to be high…

2016 UK Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday £5

2016 UK 90th Birthday £5. Credit: Numista.

To celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II The Royal Mint issued a new commemorative £5 coin.

This coin features a design by Christopher Hobbs, depicting nine roses, inspired by Her Majesty’s love of flowers – one for each decade of Her Majesty’s life.

You’ll notice the flowers in the wreath are each different to the next one. As this was such a personal occasion, Hobbs chose to move away from heraldic flowers and to use a more natural floral image instead.

The obverse features the fifth portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, designed by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark.

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2006 UK Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday £5

This coin was issued in 2006 to commemorate Her Majesty’s 80th birthday. The reverse design by Danuta Solowiej-Wedderburn features three trumpeters with trumpet banners accompanied by the inscription Vivat Regina (long live the Queen) and the anniversary dates.

This £5 coin is the fourth rarest £5 (as of the latest mintage update in 2013) and it is incredibly popular with collectors!

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2012 UK Diamond Jubilee £5

2012 UK Diamond Jubilee £5. Credit: Numista.

In 2012, the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee having reached 50 years on the throne.

This is the first coin ever struck to commemorate a Diamond Jubilee – there were no special coins for Queen Victoria’s in 1897. The obverse features a new portrait of Her Majesty crowned and wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter, created especially for the Diamond Jubilee by Ian Rank-Broadley.

Also designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, the obverse features a portrait of the young Queen Elizabeth just as she appeared in her first portrait with the Latin words DIRIGE DEUS GRESSUS MEOS (May God Guide My Steps).

If you don’t have this coin in your collection yet, Change Checker has strictly limited stock remaining. Secure yours here >>

2002 UK Golden Jubilee £5

In 2002, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, the Royal Mint produced this £5 coin.

On one side appears an unusual bust portrait of the Queen wearing the robes of state. The dramatic impact of this motif are heightened by the absence of any inscription other than the value in small lettering around the foot.

The reverse design, as with the original Coronation crown of 1953 features the Queen on horseback. The Latin motto AMOR POPULI PRAESIDIUM REG(inae) meaning ‘The love of the people is the Queen’s protection’ was last used on the coinage of Charles I.

You can add this coin to your collection here >>

1993 UK 40th Anniversary of the Coronation £5

This £5 coin was issued to mark 40 years since the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

The obverse features the original portrait by Mary Gillick placed in a circle surrounded by eight mounted trumpeters of the Household Cavalry separated by swords and sceptres.

The reverse features the Crown of St Edward which was used at the Coronation, set within 40 radiating trumpets.

The words FAITH AND TRUTH I WILL BEAR UNTO YOU, from the Coronation oath, are inscribed at the top, with the double dates 1953 and 1993 appearing at the foot.

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