As we welcome in the New Year, we also welcome five brand-new coin designs for 2019. As part of The Royal Mint’s New Year tradition, the Annual Sets 2019 are now on sale.
This year’s theme – Monumental Stories in Miniature – demonstrates the colossal scope of the stories depicted within this year’s selection of coins. Here’s a closer look at each design and the story behind it.
Britain’s second-longest-reigning monarch (surpassed only by her great-great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II), Queen Victoria is also one of its most influential. Even 200 years after her birth, the effect of her reign and the era to which she lends her name can be felt strongly in everyday life. This £5 coin celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.
75 years ago, the Allies sought a foothold on mainland Europe in a bid to turn the tide of the Second World War. More than 130,000 men rushed five Normandy beaches – code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword aided by seven battleships, 18 cruisers, 43 destroyers and almost 11,590 aircraft. The story of D-Day, the largest amphibious assault in history, is told through a £2 coin design as The Royal Mint commemorates one of the most significant days in world history, paying tribute to the bravery of Allied forces and the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Celebrating the 260th anniversary of formation of Wedgwood, the £2 Wedgwood coin was designed for The Royal Mint by the company that carries his name to this day. The primary image features an interpretation of the Jasperware vase that is perhaps the company’s best-known product.
The restoration of the monarchy, the Great Fire of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Plague – the seventeenth century was a turbulent time in British history. Our understanding of these events and, in particular, the people who lived through them is enriched by one first-hand account: the diary of Samuel Pepys. This £2 coin marks 350 years since the final entry of Samuel Pepys’ famed diary.
The Royal Mint’s interpretation of Sherlock Holmes is captured on a 50p coin for the 160th anniversary of his author’s birth. Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh. He is best known for his creation of the most famous detective in literature, Sherlock Holmes, and his sidekick, Dr. Watson.
The Annual Sets capture a snapshot of the year’s memorable events and anniversaries that will become a lasting reminder of a moment in time. This year, The Royal Mint has captured the dramatic and epic tales with impacts far beyond the place and time in which they took place through the Monumental Stories in Miniature theme.
The 2019 Annual Sets are available to buy now at royalmint.com/annual-sets. Let us know your thoughts on the designs on social media using the hashtag #TreasureforLife