What to look forward to in 2015

2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for coin collectors. Two announcements in particular have many of us eagerly awaiting the coins of 2015 with much anticipation. In November, The Royal Mint not only announced the 2015 UK commemorative coin themes but also revealed plans for a fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen.

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Having seen the feedback on social media to the 2015 UK commemorative coin themes, it’s safe to say there are some popular themes in this year’s line-up. Anniversaries of the Magna Carta, the Battle of Waterloo, the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill and the Royal Navy are all commemorated on UK coins in 2015.

Four of these anniversaries feature on English Heritage‘s top ten list of anniversaries in 2015. The anniversaries for the Battle of Waterloo, Magna Carta, First World War and Sir Winston Churchill are all on the list which also includes: the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation, the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, the 70th anniversary of VE Day, the 750th anniversary of the First English Parliament, the 700th anniversary of the Siege of Carlisle and the 1,000th anniversary of the Viking Invasion of England by Cnut. Read the full Telegraph article here.

So what new coins will you find in your change in 2015?

As for the coins you’ll find in your change, the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the role of the Royal Navy in the First World War both feature on 2015 £2 coins, while the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain features on the 2015 50p.

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The 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta £2

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The 100th Anniversary of the First World War Royal Navy £2

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The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain 50p

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Which one are you looking forward to hunting for most in 2015? #CoinHunt 

What else is happening in 2015?

Last year it was announced that The Royal Mint will be opening a new Visitor Centre to the public at its headquarters in Llantrisant, Wales. Expect to see plenty of developments throughout 2015 with construction expected to start in Spring and the attraction due to open in 2016.

Plans for a fifth definitive portrait of Her Majesty The Queen have every coin collector excited! The announcement was made in November and everyone is eagerly awaiting further developments and the eventual unveiling of the portrait. Special edition sets have already been released as a farewell to The Queen’s fourth definitive coinage portrait which are available here.

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2015 is a big year for the Royal Family. TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in Spring – who will be the fourth in line to the throne and The Queen’s fifth great-grandchild. We’ve all watched HRH Prince George grow throughout 2014 and in July the popular Prince will turn two years old – expect to see more photos in the news throughout 2015. Other significant Royal events include Prince William’s high-profile trip to China, while The Queen celebrates her 89th birthday on 21 April and is set to become Britain’s longest-serving monarch in September.

So, an exciting year ahead, for the United Kingdom and the coins that celebrate our history and heritage. You’ll hear any news about coin developments first on our social media channels, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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  • Plantagenet Robinson

    Like so many recent coins, the £2 Magna Carta looks much too smooth, and not properly “engraved”. The quality of our circulating coins peaked with the shillings of George VI — a completely different feel to them.

  • Rob G

    We looked forward to it, and it never came…. 2015 was a very disappointing year for those who collect coins from their change, as none of the 2015 commemorative coins were found in general circulation in 2015…. I think its a real shame that The Royal Mint is now so obviously driven by maximising profits from its hugely over priced presentation packs, that it has neglected its real role, as the organisation that should be producing coins for general circulation. Whilst the number of coin collectors seems to have risen sharply in recent years, I can imagine the numbers will fall again, with coin collecting becoming a frustrating and disappointing hobby for those not willing to pay the extortionate prices charged by the Royal Mint for its presentation packs….