The new coins for 2015 have been announced and are now available on royalmint.com. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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