We recently announced the commemorative themes for 2016, and what a response we’ve had. We’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic feedback we’ve received on our Facebook and Twitter; it is safe to say that 2016 is set to be a bumper year for UK coins!
To recap, in total we have revealed eight new UK coins so far. These include one 50p, one £1 coin, five £2 coins, and one £5 coin. Anniversaries for The Great Fire of London, the Battle of Hastings and William Shakespeare are all marked alongside the last ’round pound’, a £2 coin honouring the role of the Army in the First World War and a £5 coin marking Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. But, have the recently updated collector albums revealed that there are yet more to come?
Just one 50p was revealed in the annual sets release in November but, as you can see here, there are still quite a few spaces to fill in the 50p Coin Hunt Collector Album. In fact there are seven 50p spaces to fill and this hasn’t gone unnoticed on social media.
We can reveal today that this is NOT a mistake and YES this coin-rich year has a few more secrets up its sleeve.
Well you’ll pleased to know that, if you’re reading this article, you’ll be among the first collectors to learn some exciting news. A royal proclamation released today has revealed that next year we will also be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter! The Royal Proclamation has also revealed that this anniversary will be marked with more than one coin! Two 50p coins were announced in today’s proclamation; one is to feature a silhouette of Beatrix Potter, and the other a portrait of the character Peter Rabbit, from Beatrix Potter’s first children’s book, ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’.
Every new coin design requires a Royal Proclamation – which is an announcement of the coin’s specification and design. These proclamations are then made available publicly and often go on to be published in the London Gazette. This latest Royal Proclamation, which has revealed there will be UK coins to mark the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, read;
And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that, to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter should be made at Our Mint coins of the denomination of fifty pence.
The design of the said coins shall be as follows:
‘For the obverse impression either Our effigy with the inscription “ · ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2016” and for the reverse designs either:
(a) a silhouette of Beatrix Potter accompanied by an image of Peter Rabbit surrounded by a floral motif with the inscription “BEATRIX POTTER 1866 1943”; or
(b) a portrait of Peter Rabbit with the inscription “PETER RABBIT”.
The coins shall have a plain edge.
What will be next?
So there we have it, two more coins to look forward to in 2016. But that still leaves a few empty spaces! What else would you like to see marked on UK coins in 2016? We would love to hear your thoughts and predictions for the remaining spaces. To do this, you can get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.