The 2015 UK coins announced

The new coins for 2015 have been announced and are now available on royalmint.comThe biggest reveal in today’s announcement is that these 2015 UK coins will be the last coins to feature the fourth portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. Next year the definitive portrait of Her Majesty The Queen is to be updated for the first time since 1998.

Included in the line up for 2015 are two commemorative UK £5 coins; one to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and one to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. There are two commemorative UK £2 coins; the Royal Navy First World War £2 and the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta £2, and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain is marked on the only commemorative UK 50p. 2015 also sees Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic St. George and The Dragon design feature once again on The Sovereign.

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2015 Annual Sets

2015 represents a ‘vintage year’ for The Royal Mint’s annual sets as they will be the final editions to feature the current portrait of The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. As well as the 2015 definitive UK coins, the annual sets feature the five new 2015 commemorative coins.

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The 2015 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set. Click here to view the set
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The 2015 United Kingdom Collector Proof Set. Click here to view the set
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The 2015 United Kingdom Commemorative Proof Coin Set. Click here to view the set
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The 2015 United Kingdom Annual Coin Set. Click here to view the set.

The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo £5

The Battle of Waterloo was one of the most decisive battles in history, the final act of the long running Napoleonic Wars. It brought over 20 years of conflict in Europe to an end, and left a lasting legacy on the world. Fought on 18 June 1815, this 2015 commemorative £5 coin marks the 200th anniversary of this significant battle.

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200th Anniversary of Waterloo 2015 UK £5 BU Coin. Click here to view the coin

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The 50th Anniversary of the Death of Sir Winston Churchill £5

At the time of Sir Winston Churchill’s death in 1965 The Royal Mint issued a coin that became a classic, the essence of the man expertly captured by Oscar Nemon. In 2015, a second coin will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the great man, making him the only statesman ever to be honoured on two UK coins. This £5 coin bears a portrait that fits with the artistry of Nemon’s design; created by Mark Richards FRBS, it conveys the spirit of Winston Churchill as he was: larger than life.

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The 50th Anniversary of the Death of Sir Winston Churchill 2015 UK £5 BU Coin. Click here to view the coin

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The Royal Navy First World War £2

The Royal Mint’s programme of commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War continues with a United Kingdom £2 coin struck in honour of the Royal Navy. While the Great War is remembered most for the desolate miles of no man’s land and the desperation of the trenches, the Navy played an essential part. They fought not only at sea but on land and in the air, with almost 35,000 men lost in securing victory.

With a detailed design featuring a mighty battleship, a symbol of the Royal Navy’s power, at its centre, this official United Kingdom coin captures the strength of a force whose contribution to victory in the First World War deserves to be remembered with a fitting tribute.

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The Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin. Click here to view the coin

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The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta £2

Drawn up some 800 years ago, the Magna Carta was a catalyst for a journey towards freedom for the ordinary man, in the United Kingdom and across the world. The Royal Mint marks this historic moment with a coin celebrating the Magna Carta – the charter of freedoms. This £2 coin, featuring a design by experienced coinage artist John Bergdahl, will appeal to collectors and historians wishing to mark this momentous anniversary.

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800th Anniversary of Magna Carta 2015 UK £2 BU Coin. Click here to view the coin

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The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain 50p

In July 1940 a battle for control of the skies over Britain raged. It was a battle for survival, a battle to stave off an invasion, a battle that would ultimately help decide the outcome of the Second World War and the future of Europe. It was the Battle of Britain. The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain is marked on the 2015 UK 50p coin.

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75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain 2015 UK 50p BU Coin. Click here to view the coin

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The Sovereign 2015

The Sovereign is perhaps The Royal Mint’s flagship coin. Its iconic design of St George slaying the dragon is an enduring symbol of strength and continuity that has appeared regularly ever since it was first introduced in 1817. But St George is not the only story The Sovereign tells: the coinage portraits of Britain’s monarchs have an equally important role, bearing witness to the nation’s history in an ever-changing story that began with the first Sovereigns issued in 1489.

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A new, fifth definitive coinage portrait is about to mark a new chapter in the life of Her Majesty The Queen, the nation and The Sovereign. The current fourth definitive portrait will appear in just one more edition: The Sovereign 2015 Collection from The Royal Mint.

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What do you think of the 2015 coins? Let us know on social media using #strikingstories.

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  • Michael Cox

    Looking good,looking forward to seeing the 2015 coins when released.

    • Thank you! What do you think of them now they’ve been released?

  • Paul

    So there is John Plantagenet quill in hand . . and there was me thinking it was sealed not signed

    • The Duke of Waltham

      They always get that wrong, don’t they?

    • And how exactly might one show him sealing it? Holding the quill and the manuscript is a nice, simple way to show the anniversary, even if it’s not 100% accurate.

      • Louis E.

        …by showing him applying a seal!

  • Arv

    Would have liked to see a 1oz .999 Silver BU of a Magna Carta themed coin.

  • Martin

    Oscar *Nemon*, not Nenom, please.

    • Thanks for pointing out the spelling mistake Martin, I have now changed this.

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  • Rigger

    Why has the Battle of Britain 50p coin have no denomination, either in words or number?

    • Hi, the coin you are asking about is the uncirculated commemorative coin release. The circulating version of this coin will feature the denomination on its obverse.

      • Rigger

        Hi Joanne, thanks for the explanation. May I ask if the Royal Mint has ever issued an uncirculated commemorative coin, without a denomination, before and then later issued the same coin with a denomination on it? I cannot find an incidence previously.

      • Matthew

        Hi Joanne
        Could you explain how The Royal Mint came to produce a coin with no denomination? I think what you’re suggesting is that this was not an error and was intentional, however I beg to differ.
        If it was intentional, I can understand why. These were released in November 2014 prior to the new portrait having been announced (March 2015), therefore I guess you can say that the circulated version which does have the denomination was produced after the announcement, as it has the 5th portrait.
        What I can’t understand however, is why you didn’t for instance use the Obverse of the 2011 WWF 50p for instance containing the IRB Portrait. It seems you have used the Obverse of the standard shield ‘definitive’ design instead and therefore caused this ‘error’. Were you simply cost cutting?
        It would certainly seem that you have used the Obverse from the Definitive 50p design incorrectly, yet due to the new portrait announcement, have used this as a cover up for the error.
        I’d be grateful if you could confirm the reason for omitting the denomination

  • The 2015 £1 coin design has not yet been announced. But it’s coming soon, so there’ll be no empty space in your £1 collector album – that would be too sad! Let us know what you think of it and when you find it!

  • Louis E.

    When will the Queen’s new portrait be revealed?

    Why no commemoration of HM surpassing Queen Victoria’s length of reign in September?…are you waiting for her 90th and Prince Philip’s 95th birthdays in 2016?

    • Thanks for your interest, Louis – the fifth definitive coin portrait of The Queen will be revealed later this year. Watch out for future coin design announcements in 2015 – we hope you like them!

  • John Irvine

    As a Scotsman, I see myself as a British citizen. Therefore, I find it hard to believe that the Royal Mint could see fit to put the St George ( the patron saint of England) onto their flagship coin. I for one will not be using £1 coins as a result of this.

    Yours disgracefully

    John (The Angry Scotsman) Irvine

    • Hi John, the Sovereign has been our flagship coin for many centuries, bearing the historic St George and the Dragon design, that is not intended to represent England. If you take a look at the ‘Sovereign’ page on our website and click on the ‘Learn More’ tab on the page banner, you’ll see the history behind this: http://bit.ly/X6LkRR. In addition, there is further historical information about the design and what it depicts on our Museum’s website – here’s a link to that too: http://bit.ly/1DEvnRn. I hope this will help you understand why this design is used on British coins.

    • Sid Martin

      What about the Thistle, Lion Rampant, Forth Railway Bridge, Edinburgh and Scottish Floral designs…? They are hardly making it just about England, they are just rotating the nations.
      Yours not at all upset,
      Sid (the reasonable Englishman) Martin

  • Barry Mort

    I see that once again the men of the Merchant Navy, the forgotten service,
    dont get a mention in the commemorative issues.
    Any chance that one day these brave men will be considered worthy of commemorating with a coin or even a stamp?

  • Michael

    Is the Battle of Britain 50p coin in circulation yet?