To honour the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the British Red Cross, The Royal Mint has issued a brand new £5 coin.

2020 UK British Red Cross £5

Currently supported by more than 18,000 domestic volunteers, the humanitarian mission of the British Red Cross exemplifies human kindness in times of great crisis, not just in the UK, but the world over.

Henry Gray’s bespoke design of this coin features a scarlet red cross at the heart of the coin, with the inscription ‘The Power of Kindness’ which echoes the organisation’s principles of selflessness, compassion and goodwill.

2020 UK British Red Cross £5

This coin also features an edge inscription that bears the motto of the British Red Cross, ‘PER HUMANITATEM AD PACEM’ which translates to ‘THROUGH HUMANITY TO PEACE’.

This coin is available in a number of specifications, including Brilliant Uncirculated quality, for just £14.99 (+p&p).

Inspiring Hope for a Kinder World

The British Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network – the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement.

Young Red Cross Nurses (1950s). Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The history of the Red Cross dates back to 1870 where a petition was raised by Colonel Loyd-Lindsay, to provide aid and relief to both warring armies during the Franco-Prussian War, and in other wars and campaigns during the 19th century.

From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country, the British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK and around the world, to get the support they need if crisis strikes.

Around the world, whenever a humanitarian crisis occurs, the Red Cross or Red Crescent is always one of the first organisations on the scene thanks to kind volunteers.

The message of kindness is echoed in the inscription of this brand new 2020 UK British Red Cross £5, but it isn’t the only UK coin issued to celebrate humanitarian and charitable efforts

WWF 50p

2011 WWF 50p

The Worldwide Fund for Nature was formed in 1961 in Switzerland and the world’s leading independent conservation organisation.

WWF’s work is mostly focused on saving endangered species and conserving the world’s most precious natural places.

In 2011, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, The Royal Mint issued this 50p coin. It features 50 different icons to represent the variety of work which the organisation is involved with.

It entered circulation with a mintage of 3,400,000.

Florence Nightingale £2

2010 Florence Nightingale £2

Named after the Italian city in which she was born in 1820, Florence Nightingale is famous for her work in the military hospitals during the Crimean War where she tended to wounded soldiers.

In 1860 she laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Her book Notes on Nursing proved to be influential in changing the way hospitals were run and the role of nurses within them.

This coin was issued in 2010 to mark both the centenary of the death of Florence Nightingale and the 150th anniversary of the publication of her Notes on Nursing, celebrated in 2009.

It has a circulating mintage of 6,175,000.

2016 ‘Lest We Forget’ Poppy Coin

2016 ‘Lest We Forget’ Proof £5 Poppy Coin

In 2016, as a tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the 2016 ‘Lest We Forget’ Proof £5 Poppy Coin was issued in Jersey in support of The Royal British Legion.

Inspired by the falling poppies at the Festival of Remembrance, the reverse features 11 masterfully engraved poppies struck to a proof finish.

Individual poppies have been selectively picked out in red ink and the words Lest We Forget can be seen in the background in gold ink.

It has an edition limit of just 4,950!

NHS 50p

1998 NHS 50p

Although the NHS isn’t a charity, or a donation funded service, it was founded in 1948 with the principle aim of providing a health service that would be available to all, based on a person’s clinical need, rather than their ability to pay.

It was the first ever health service to provide free health care and this year celebrates its 72nd birthday.

This coin was issued in 1998 to celebrate its 50th anniversary and has a circulating mintage of 5,001,000.


We’re so excited by this brand new £5 coin and we’re sure collectors will be racing to add this to their collections!

What other charitable, humanitarian or environment organisations would you like to see celebrated on a UK coin? Let us know below!


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*A small percentage of the net wholesale price from the sale of this commemorative coin will be paid by The Royal Mint to Britcross Limited, a subsidiary of the British Red Cross Society, which makes an annual donation to the charity.*

Here at Change Checker we’ve been keeping an eye on the latest Royal Proclamations and excitingly for collectors there’s not just one, but FOUR brand new £5 coins on the horizon!

I’m sure you’ll be just as excited as I am to hear which £5 coin themes have been announced, as there really are some fantastic coins due to be released in 2020!

British Red Cross £5

The Royal Proclamation issued on 22nd May 2020, confirms that a British Red Cross £5 coin will be issued this year.

We can assume this coin will be issued in celebration of the British Red Cross’ 150th birthday, as it’s establishment date ‘1870’ is said to feature as in inscription on the coin.

Whilst the actual design remains top secret, The Royal Proclamation hints the coin will feature “a cross set against a background of the British Isles and a series of lines symbolising the globe.”

The official motto of the British Red Cross, “The Power of Kindness” will also feature.

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The End of the Second World War £5

Earlier this year we saw the release of the incredibly popular Victory in Europe Day £2 coin but it looks like 75th anniversary celebrations will be continuing with the release of a brand new End of Second World War £5 coin.

The coin is said to feature the words ‘War‘ and ‘Peace‘ accompanied by the inscription ‘The End of the Second World War.’

If the popularity of the 2020 Victory in Europe £2 is anything to go by, we can expect this £5 to be a real hit with collectors.

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2020 The End of the Second World War £5

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Remembrance £5

Every year, to commemorate Remembrance Day and the end of the First World War, The Royal Mint issues a brand new £5 coin. As of the Royal Proclamation on 24th June, it has been confirmed that a new 2020 Remembrance Day £5 coin will be issued later this year.

Although the final design hasn’t been revealed yet, the reverse is said to feature the silhouette of a First World War soldier formed by poppies accompanied by the inscription, “Lest We Forget 11 November 2020”.

These coins prove popular every year, so if you’d like to find out more, you can fill in our sign-up form below to stay up-to-date with all the latest news about this release.

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2021 Lunar Year of the Ox

In 2020 (and for the first-time-ever!) The Royal Mint issued a Lunar Year of the Rat £5 coin as part of their Shēngxiào Collection in Brilliant Uncirculated Quality.

And it seems this series will be continuing as brand new 2021 Lunar Year of the Ox £5 will be issued in Brilliant Uncirculated quality.

Whilst the actual design remains a mystery, the coin is said to feature the inscription “2021 YEAR OF THE OX” and the Chinese lunar symbol for an Ox. 

Last year’s coin proved incredibly popular with collectors, so if you don’t want to miss out on this new release, you can sign-up for updates below.

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Are you strong, reliable, fair and conscientious? Then you could be born in the Lunar Year of the Ox!

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!

2021 UK Lunar Year of the Ox £5

A brand new coin has JUST been released to celebrate the Lunar Year of the Ox!

Harry Brockway’s design of this brand new £5 coin blends traditional Asian culture with British artistry, whilst also echoing characteristics of this formidable beast.

This impressive creature can be seen peacefully immersed in a British-inspired countryside, with the strength and size of its muscles taking centre-stage.

Qualities associated with people born in the Lunar Year of the Ox include being calm, patient, methodical and trustworthy. Lucky numbers for this Lunar Year include 1 and 4 and lucky flowers during this calendar include lily of the valley and lucky bamboo.

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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 2020 these coins have only ever been available in precious metal.

In 2020, for the first time ever, The Royal Mint 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 was 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

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