Poll: What is your favourite coin design of 2018 so far?

So far 2018 has been an exciting year for UK coins; we’ve celebrated a Royal Wedding, welcomed a royal baby and marked the icons of the air with the RAF100 £2 coin series. We’ve added a new denomination to the UK Coin Hunt, using the alphabet to map out what makes Britain great, introduced a new beast to our Queen’s Beast collection and of course, we’ve even seen Britain’s most-loved bear, Paddington appear on UK coins for the first time! As we’re officially two thirds of the way through, we would like to know, which is your favourite coin design of the year…so far!

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Britannia – the Spirit of a Nation

Britannia’s story is one of evolution and reinvention, each guise reflective of the mood of the times. In the eighteenth century she began to be portrayed at the water’s edge clutching Poseidon’s Trident, a representation of British sea power. It’s no coincidence that the poem ‘Rule, Britannia’ was set to music at this time in 1740, and it didn’t take long for the British Army and Navy to adopt this rousing, patriotic song. A fixture on coinage for centuries, Britannia reflects the spirit of the nation throughout shifts in art and politics, technology and popular culture.

Britannia has come to embody our sense of national pride, a personification of what Britain represents and the ideals she upholds. She nods to our illustrious past, but always with one eye on the future.

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Captain Cook’s Journey – 1768 – 1770

The British spirit of adventure is personified by the historic figure of Captain Cook. As part of our three-year coin series marking the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s epic voyage, we’ll look at his journey. We’ll follow his adventure year by year and learn more about the challenges that marked his voyage as told to us by Charles Forgan, who volunteers at the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby.

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Behind the design: 2018 Britannia

A fixture on coins for centuries, Britannia is more than just a symbol, she chronicles the history of the British Isles. Inspired and iconic, she channels the spirit of a nation. Her strength stems from her poise, her shield offers protection and her gaze is trained on the future, driving progress onward.

Each year Britannia is recast, presenting an opportunity for a British artist to reimagine our most famous national symbol. For 2018, David Lawrence returns Britannia to a more classical feel in a composition that channels the spirit of a nation. We recently caught up with David to find out a little more about his design.

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