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The 2020 designs – what to expect from next year’s coins

The Royal Proclamation published on 12th July 2019 has officially revealed three new coins which will be released next year...

Last week we shared the news about the 2020 Team GB 50p coin, which is sure to be a firm favourite amongst collectors, especially following the resounding popularity of the 2012 Olympic 50ps.

The new Team GB 50p will be issued by The Royal Mint next year to support Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

However, we also have another two coins to look forward to, including a Mayflower £2 coin and a George III £5 coin.

The 2020 designs - what to expect from next year's coins

2020 Mayflower £2

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower’s voyage from Plymouth, England to the ‘New World’ in 1620.

102 Pilgrims and around 30 crew aboard the ship spent two months at sea, battling against the North Atlantic wind on their journey to America.

Upon arrival, the Mayflower Compact was signed, allowing the English Puritan settlers to establish the first permanent New England colony.

To celebrate this important anniversary, The Royal Mint will be issuing a Mayflower £2 coin in 2020.

Mayflower Trial £2

Did you know that back in 1994 The Royal Mint created the first trial bi-metallic £2 coins and these actually featured the Mayflower ship on the design?

There were just over 4,500 packs issued which makes it an incredibly rare example of a bi-metallic £2 coin. More than 100 times rarer than the UK’s rarest £2 coin in circulation, the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games.

Because of this, it can sell on the secondary market for well into three figures.

The 2020 designs - what to expect from next year's coins

It will certainly be very interesting to see how the design of the 2020 coin compares to this 1994 trial piece.

2020 George III £5

Next year marks the 200th anniversary since the death of George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland.

He ruled the two countries separately until their union in 1801, after which his reign continued until his death in 1820.

George’s life and reign were longer than any British monarch before him, although his last 10 years were fraught with mental illness, resulting in his eldest son George IV ruling as Prince Regent.

To celebrate the life of George III, The Royal Mint will be issuing a new £5 coin in 2020.

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At the moment the designs are still top secret, but we can’t wait to see what the 2020 coins will look like!

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Everything you need to know about the UK Olympic 50p Series

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are in full swing and we can hardly believe it’s been 4 years since London 2012. It’s about time we revisited the iconic UK Olympic Fifty Pence series.

Everything you need to know about the UK Olympic 50p Series

The Complete UK Olympic 50p Series

Without doubt, the 29 coin series created a storm among collectors – millions rose to the challenge of collecting all 29, and for many, it marked the start of their interest in coins.

The Royal Mint estimates that as many as 75% of the Olympic 50p coins have been removed from circulation by collectors.

Do you own the rarest Olympic 50p?

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Olympic 50ps have long been a favourite amongst collectors, but did you know that only 1,125,500 Football fifty pence pieces entered circulation? It’s definitely the rare one to look out for.

Although the Football 50p narrowly holds the title of the rarest sport in the series, there were still over one million of those struck for circulation. To hold the honourable title as “rare”, we must look beyond the official Royal Mint circulation figures…

The withdrawn Aquatics ‘minting error’ Olympic 50p

The Aquatics 50p which we are familiar with today is actually a modified version which removed the waves passing over the swimmer’s face.

Despite the original coin being withdrawn from circulation and the design adapted – there are still a few out there.

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The Aquatics 50p design was modified to make the swimmer more visible.

Although the exact quantity of the original Aquatics design remains a mystery, we know it’s not unusual for these special coins to exchange hands for close to £1000… not a bad return on a 50p coin!

2009 Athletics Olympic 50p

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Only 100,000 Presentation Packs were issued

In 2009, nine-year old Florence Jackson became the youngest person to design a coin for circulation in the UK. Her Athletics Olympic 50p design was the ultimate winner of a Blue Peter competition.

Although you may recognise this coin, you may not know that a rare version of this coin exists. When the competition winner was revealed, only 100,000 special edition Blue Peter coin packs were released with a 2009 dated coin – making it the only Olympic 50p without a 2011 date.

That makes this 2009 Athletics Olympic 50p more than twice as rare as the famous Kew Gardens 50p.

The rarest of the series

Everything you need to know about the UK Olympic 50p Series

A gold version of each design was presented to the respective artist

It is without doubt that the gold versions of each 50p remain the rarest of the collection.

Unfortunately for collectors, obtaining one of these is nearly impossible as only one gold version of each design was presented to the respective winning designer.

Aside from the precious metal content, their unique status and significance rank them as potentially the most valuable UK 50p coins in existence.

 

Is this the 30th Olympic 50p?

To the delight of many Olympic 50p collectors, this year the Royal Mint issued a special 50p to wish Team GB success for the Rio 2016 Games.

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The new 2016 UK Team GB 50p Coin

The coins obverse features a swimmer with the Team GB logo, the Olympic rings and the inscription ‘TEAM GB’. Designed by Tim Sharp, the coin has been officially endorsed by Team GB and celebrates the spirit of British Olympians – a must have for all Olympic 50p Collectors.


Team GB CC AppThe ’30th’ Olympic 50p

Click here to own the coin that will be popular with coin collectors and sports enthusiasts alike.