It’s safe to say that 2015 has been an exciting year for coin collectors and a historic year for UK coins! It’s been a year that’s seen the coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen change and Britannia return to UK coins on a new definitive £2 coin. There have also been several commemorative themes marked on UK coins in 2015, including the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the centenary of the First World War – all of which have been marked on circulating coins!
With so many exciting things happening to the coins we know and love, lots of you have been asking us ‘Just what will we find in our change this year?‘, ‘Which coins will feature the new portrait of The Queen?‘ and ‘How many coins will be struck in 2015?‘. So, we’ve created a handy fact sheet for you to keep track of your 2015 Coin Hunt.
The new, fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen was launched on 2 March 2015. All 2015 circulating coins struck before 2 March 2015 will feature the fourth definitive coinage portrait by Ian Rank-Braodley. These coins include the definitive ‘shield designs’ from 1p to £1 and the definitive ‘technology’ £2. All coins struck after this date will feature the new fifth definitive coinage portrait by Jody Clark. These include the definitive ‘shield designs’ from 1p to 50p, the new Royal Arms £1, the new definitive Britannia £2 and the three commemorative coins – the Battle of Britain 50p, Magna Carta £2 and the 2015 First World War £2 honouring the role of the Royal Navy in the First World War.
So, our question to you is; Do you fancy a challenge? Can you be the first to find all 19 coins? Keep us updated with your 2015 coin hunt on social media using #CoinHunt on Twitter or Instagram. Or you can find us on Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest.