Could this be the most popular coin of 2015?

Earlier this week The Royal Mint announced that it would be striking a range of coins to mark the moment Her Majesty The Queen becomes Britain’s longest reigning monarch. The announcement proved very popular with coin collectors and fans of the royal family alike, as the website experienced overwhelming levels of traffic – the like not seen since the launch of the first ever face value £100 coin. So, could this be the most popular coin of 2015? Have your say in our poll below.


On 9 September 2015 The Queen’s reign will surpass that of Queen Victoria’s, taking the length of her reign to 63 years, 216 days… and counting. A range of commemorative coins will mark the occasion, and, with prices ranging from £13 to £42,500, there’s something for everyone interested in this historic event. So, lets take a look at the coins:

‘The Longest Reign’ by Stephen Taylor.

This reverse design by Royal Mint designer Stephen Taylor features the five portraits of The Queen that have appeared on circulating coins, the Coronation Crown, The Queen’s Royal Cypher, the initials ‘ST’ for Stephen Taylor and the words ‘The Longest Reign’. The design will feature on the face value £20 coin, as well as the silver and gold five-ounce and Kilo coins.

‘One Crown’ by James Butler.

The £5 coin is the traditional way to mark special royal event, so, in keeping with this tradition, a commemorative £5 design has also been issued to mark The Queen becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch. The reverse design by James Butler features the Coronation Crown, the dates ‘1952 – 2015’, the initials ‘JB’ for James Butler and the words ‘One Crown’, which pay tribute to the significance of the fact that one person, Queen Elizabeth II, has worn that crown between the years 1952 and 2015. The official UK £5 coin is available in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort, Gold Proof and Platinum Proof finishes.
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The Longest Reigning Monarch effigy by James Butler.

Excluding the £20, all the coins in the Longest Reigning Monarch coin range feature a new commemorative portrait by James Butler. This makes the UK £5 coin a modern rarity, as it is unusual in modern times for one artist to design both the obverse and reverse of a coin. In the portrait, The Queen is wearing the George IV State Diadem that features in the definitive portraits by Jody Clark and Raphael Maklouf.
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The Longest Reigning Monarch UK coin range is available to order now on

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  • Leandro Ceccarelli

    good evening, I believe that the £20 coinsummerise the entire excellent reign of the Monarch

    • Thanks for your feedback Leandro – I’ll be sure to share it with the designer, Stephen Taylor.

  • Leandro Ceccarelli

    There’s another 50p of the Battle of Britain, however that was a few yearts back

  • Menelik A I

    The crown used to be 5s (i.e. £0.25), then it became £5 (which in view of inflation was a reasonable change which I was all in favour of), but now it is seems to be £13. You really can’t pretend that this is a quasi-circulation coin in a long tradition unless some are made available at face value through post offices and banks, as they were until recently. An uncirculated cupro-nickel coin at £5 already represents enough profit for the mint, and people will still buy them in superior qualities, but a proper issue at £5 is necessary to keep the crown respected as a genuine coin.

    • Adam Swansbury

      It’s true that a crown was always a coin of the value of 5 shillings / 25 pence. This £5 is crown-sized (roughly 38mm in diameter, like the real crown), but that does not make it a crown. I would have imagined you’d need an Act of Parliament to change the meaning of “crown” in the numismatic sense. I suppose you could say the “crown” refers to the headwear, since it is supposed to be a pun. Australia did a similar punning trick in 1937 and 1938 but with a real, traditional crown.

  • The 100 pound coin….love it!

    • Are you collecting the series Jonathan?

    • Darren Goodall

      it not £100 just worth the weight in silver nothing more

  • Robert Hutley

    I like a bargain, like everyone else, and the face value coins are certainly that! As for the remainder, they are beyond face value as both works of art and items of great value and interest to collectors. I am living in Africa right now and have been the subject of 6 burglaries in 6 years. Not a place to be a collector! When I return to UK, I expect to reignite my interest. I applaud the Royal Mint for the wonderful work they do, unequalled anywhere in the world.

    • Thank you for your feedback Robert – it’s a pleasure to read your comment and I will certainly share this with the team! I’m sorry to hear about the burglaries. When are you coming back to the UK? Did you know we’re opening a visitor centre in Spring 2016? We’d love to see you there.

  • Christine Ball

    I think Royal Mint should re-introduce the £5.00 coinage / crowns for £5.00 as there are hundreds if not thousands of collectors who would take up the offer of getting at least one and with so many celebrations whether it be anniversaries, royalty or events which have taken or are due to take place, this could work out to be a very worthwhile money earner

    • Thank you for the feedback Christine. I will share it with the team.

      • Menelik A I

        Why not thank me for my feedback, which introduced the same idea ?

  • Joefuss2 .

    I am across the pond in USA (Tennessee) and my father was born in Bury, Lancashire. He’s gone now but in me he placed a yearning for England, Great Britain, and United Kingdom. I am in my late 60s and still have problems getting items I favor because of the postage or Royal Mail rates which I find excessively high. The other quandary is the difference between our currencies. I just multiply yours by 1.6 and I am close enough. The 20 pound coin is perfect for me to treasure.

  • SaintEnoch

    Amazed that the gorgeous Big Ben £100 coin is missing from the list…

    • There aren’t many lists that we’d want to miss this off, but as the coin launched in 2014 we decided to exclude it from this list. Many thanks, Dan.

  • Darren Goodall

    very misleading these commemorative coins!