With every year that passes the Coin Hunt continues to evolve, as new commemorative coin designs are released. In 2015 alone there were £2 coins to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the Navy’s role in the First World War, a new Royal Arms design featured on the £1 coin and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was marked on a 50p.
The release of four new commemorative coin designs in a single year isn’t necessarily extraordinary in itself, but 2015 was a unique year for UK coinage. It proved to be a mini Coin Hunt in itself! It saw several changes that are definitely beyond our usual expectations. Britannia made her return to our circulating coins, replacing the Technology £2 as the definitive £2 coin, and the ‘heads’ side of UK coins also changed, with the introduction of the fifth and final portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. This all meant that there were 19 variants of 2015 coin designs that entered circulation!