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Title: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on July 12, 2019, 01:15:15 PM
In 2020, the Royal Mint will issue a commemorative 50p for Team GB on the Olympic Games. The coin will feature symbols depicting several olympic sports as well as the olympic rings and the Team GB logo.

A commemorative 2 pounds coin will be issued for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower (ship).

A 5 pounds coin will be issued to commemorate George III. It will depict his portrait in a crowned cartouche as well as his royal cypher and floral emblems of the UK. It will also depict scenes associated with his life.

Another 5 pounds coin will be issued for the year of the rat. It will depict a rat and the Chinese lunar symbol for 'rat'.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: onecenter on July 12, 2019, 08:25:43 PM
Wow!  It will be nice to see a British coin for the quadricentennial of the Mayflower.  Having just received and opened my USA-Canada joint silver eagle and maple leaf set, I hope that some type of joint numismatic offering will be available between the USA and Great Britain next year. :)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 13, 2019, 02:06:10 PM
I wonder how many Olympic sports symbols can be shown on a 50p coin?

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 19, 2019, 09:47:45 AM
In 2020, the Royal Mint will issue a commemorative 50p for Team GB on the Olympic Games. The coin will feature symbols depicting several olympic sports as well as the olympic rings and the Team GB logo.

The coin will have the date on both obverse & reverse.
Extract from proclamation:
‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “· ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020” and for the reverse symbols depicting individual Olympic sports accompanied by the Olympic Rings, the Team GB logo, the inscription TEAM GB and the date 2020. The coins shall have a plain edge.’

This would make it the third such coin after 2000 Libraries Act and 2007 Scouts.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: FosseWay on July 19, 2019, 12:33:39 PM
Another 5 pounds coin will be issued for the year of the rat. It will depict a rat and the Chinese lunar symbol for 'rat'.

The Rat is the first in the Chinese zodiac cycle. Does this mean that the RM is planning a Chinese lunar year coin every year for the next 12?
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: <k> on July 19, 2019, 01:21:07 PM
The Rat is the first in the Chinese zodiac cycle. Does this mean that the RM is planning a Chinese lunar year coin every year for the next 12?

See: Coins of the Modern Chinese Empire (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,43796.0.html).
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on July 19, 2019, 01:28:54 PM
The Rat is the first in the Chinese zodiac cycle. Does this mean that the RM is planning a Chinese lunar year coin every year for the next 12?

They have been issuing Chinese zodiac coins for years.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: FosseWay on July 19, 2019, 01:32:35 PM
 ::)

There's so much gubbins issued one can't keep up. Sorry for the confusion.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 19, 2019, 06:29:16 PM
A commemorative 2 pounds coin will be issued for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower (ship).

Details from the proclamation:
‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “· ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS”, and for the reverse a depiction of the Mayflower with the inscription “MAYFLOWER” and the dates “1620 2020”.’ The said coin shall have a grained edge and in incuse letters the inscription “UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD”.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: <k> on July 24, 2019, 02:42:28 PM
A commemorative 2 pounds coin will be issued for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower (ship).

See also: Mayflower-themed trial UK £2 coin, dated 1994 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,3237.msg290061.html#msg290061).
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on July 24, 2019, 03:28:22 PM
See also: Mayflower-themed trial UK £2 coin, dated 1994 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,3237.msg290061.html#msg290061).

Who knows, they may use the Ironside design on the coin. I think it is a very nice design.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on July 24, 2019, 07:26:00 PM
Who knows, they may use the Ironside design on the coin. I think it is a very nice design.
Yes, I’d like it if they used that design.  It would be quite fitting for a design that appeared on the first bi-metal £2 coin (albeit a trial coin) to finally appear on a proper £2.  It’s not impossible, as they resurrected Ironside’s unused Royal Arms 50p design in 2013 and also his original “New Pence” Britannia design in both 2009 and 2019, but I suspect it’s unlikely. 

Its link to the trial coin would secure plenty of interest though, particularly as so few have the 1994 coin (I do, in the stages of production set, but I gather you have to re-mortgage your house in order to acquire it these days).
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 25, 2019, 12:36:36 AM
Agree with Alan71 & eurocoin that the Ironside design is excellent. Somewhat dynamic reflecting the perilous journey that was undertaken through rough seas and storms.

It would be nice if the design was adopted for the 400th anniversary issue. I would not like to see a design similar to the depiction of the Golden Hind on the old half pennies.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on August 12, 2019, 07:18:00 PM
In 2020, the Royal Mint will issue 2 50p coins related to Paddington Bear.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on October 08, 2019, 08:16:20 PM
The Royal Mint will in 2020 issue commemorative 2 pounds coins with the following themes:

- 100th anniversary of the first publication of a book by Agatha Christie.

- 75th anniversary of VE-Day.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on October 11, 2019, 02:24:02 PM
The Royal Mint will in 2020 issue commemorative 2 pounds coins with the following themes:

- 100th anniversary of the first publication of a book by Agatha Christie.

- 75th anniversary of VE-Day.

Centenary of the publication of Agatha Christie’s first book
Design depicts a nearly completed jigsaw puzzle with the final piece about to be inserted,
accompanied by the inscription ‘1920 100 YEARS OF MYSTERY 2020’ and Agatha Christie’s signature.
The edge inscription ‘little grey cells’ is credited by Poirot as the reason he was able to solve complex and mysterious cases.

75th Anniversary of VE Day
Design depicts a woman holding a newspaper aloft in a celebrating crowd set against the backdrop of the word VICTORY, accompanied by the inscription ‘VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY’ and the dates ‘1945-2020’.
The edge inscription 'just triumph and proud sorrow' is contained in a message from the King to his peoples broadcast on 8 May 1945:
“There is great comfort in the thought that the years of darkness and danger in which the children of our country have grown up are over and, please God, for ever. We shall have failed, and the blood of our dearest will have flowed in vain if the victory which they died to win does not lead to a lasting peace, founded on justice and established in good will. To that, then, let us turn our thoughts on this day of just triumph and proud sorrow and then take up our work again, resolved as people to do nothing unworthy of those who have died for us and to make the world such a world as they would have desired, for their children and for ours.”
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on October 11, 2019, 07:51:44 PM
Assume the year set for 2020 will include the following £2 & 50p commemoratives:

400th Anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage
Centenary of the publication of Agatha Christie’s first book
75th Anniversary of VE Day
Olympics Team GB

As with this year, additional BU issues of the £2 coins will probably be progressively introduced during the first six months.

Suspect that the 50p Olympics will be issued for circulation.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on October 18, 2019, 07:02:39 PM
Wonder if RM will issue a commemorative coin in 2020 for the 150th anniversary of Barnardo's first home. This would also be coincident with the 175th anniversary of his birth.

Believe they considered one in 2017 for the 150th anniversary of the opening of his first Ragged School in the East End of London in 1867.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on October 27, 2019, 10:13:57 AM
A worthwhile commemorative for 2020 would be to recognise the 150th anniversary of The British Red Cross. The Queen is the patron of the society.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on October 27, 2019, 10:45:38 AM
Wonder if RM will issue a commemorative coin in 2020 for the 150th anniversary of Barnardo's first home. This would also be coincident with the 175th anniversary of his birth.

Believe they considered one in 2017 for the 150th anniversary of the opening of his first Ragged School in the East End of London in 1867.

It was considered for a commemorative in 2017 and then subsequently postponed to 2020. See here (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,38163.msg268712.html#msg268712).

A worthwhile commemorative for 2020 would be to recognise the 150th anniversary of The British Red Cross. The Queen is the patron of the society.

That would indeed be a good theme for a coin.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on October 27, 2019, 10:49:18 AM
We already know what the James Cook 2 pounds coin of 2020 will look like. The Royal Mint mistakenly leaked the design in August 2018, something that was noticed by our member kena.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1893/44226602292_16015ca8a5_o.jpg)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on October 27, 2019, 04:28:23 PM
We already know what the James Cook 2 pounds coin of 2020 will look like. The Royal Mint mistakenly leaked the design in August 2018, something that was noticed by our member kena.

Described as the bow of the Endeavour and a canoe over a map showing Captain Cook’s voyage round NZ and the south coast of Australia, circumscribed by CAPTAIN JAMES COOK and the anniversary dates 1770–2020.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on November 07, 2019, 10:21:18 AM
The Royal Mint will in 2020 issue a dinosaur 50p series. The first 3 coins in the series will depict the iguanodon, megalosaurus and hylaeosaurus.

A 5 pounds coin will be issued for the band Queen.

James Bond will be commemorated on several high-denomination coins in precious metals.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Big_M on November 07, 2019, 10:53:21 AM
The Royal Mint will in 2020 issue a dinosaur 50p series. The first 3 coins in the series will depict the iguanodon, megalosaurus and hylaeosaurus.

A 5 pounds coin will be issued for the band Queen.

James Bond will be commemorated on several high-denomination coins in precious metals.

You are sure these all will be issued as UK? The topics would fit better with previous Alderney releases.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on November 07, 2019, 10:56:59 AM
You are sure these all will be issued as UK? The topics would fit better with previous Alderney releases.

They will all be UK coins. The Royal Mint does no longer produce coins for Alderney. The Commonwealth Mint now has the contract and it makes the government of Alderney much more money than the Royal Mint ever did.

I agree that standards in terms of themes have dropped.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on November 07, 2019, 11:46:33 AM
The iguanodon, megalosaurus and hylaeosaurus have English origins.
Sculptures of these dinosaurs and others are in Crystal Palace Park.
I think RM are now scraping the bottom of the barrel using such topics, but it will certainly appeal to children to whom the issue is obviously aimed. More expense for their parents!
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on November 07, 2019, 08:39:33 PM
Interesting trivia about Megalosaurus.

While describing a gloomy day cloaked in fog, in his 1853 novel Bleak House, Dickens writes:
“As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill."
The first literary dinosaur reference in a work of modern fiction and a completely inaccurate description as Dickens subscribed at the time to the giant quadrupedal lizard theory of Megalosaurus promulgated by Richard Owen and others.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on November 08, 2019, 08:02:35 AM
4 coins with a ddnomination of 5 pounds will be issued to commemorate the Tower of London. Each of the coins will feature things related to one of the functions the building had in the past e.g. as prison, mint building etc.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on November 08, 2019, 08:52:58 AM
4 coins with a ddnomination of 5 pounds will be issued to commemorate the Tower of London. Each of the coins will feature things related to one of the functions the building had in the past e.g. as prison, mint building etc.

I am at a loss as to why RM continue to produce a profusion of these useless £5 coins.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Figleaf on November 08, 2019, 09:41:06 AM
Look at their annual report. They are dependent on sales to collectors, so they'll put the Christmas poop emoji on a "coin" (if they haven't already) if they think there is enough demand to offset fixed cost.

Peter
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on November 08, 2019, 03:52:30 PM
Look at their annual report. They are dependent on sales to collectors, so they'll put the Christmas poop emoji on a "coin" (if they haven't already) if they think there is enough demand to offset fixed cost.

I understand that, but 29 issued between 2017 & 2019 is somewhat excessive, averaging out at approx. one every 5 weeks. That exceeds the 50p issues and vastly exceeds the £2 issues.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Figleaf on November 08, 2019, 05:02:01 PM
Wrong logic. The powers that be at the Mint don't care about the dignity of the country, monetary logic or even the favour of collectors. Their only target is to wring a maximum amount of money out of the get-rich-quickly crowd. It has been done before. Cuba, North Korea, China, Poland, Marshall Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, the list goes on. The poor or the shameless (mostly both). That level. It always ended with a collapse of demand from collectors, leaving the greedy with what is known as "stranded asset (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stranded_asset)s". Caveat emptor.

Peter
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on December 13, 2019, 09:36:16 AM
At last, a Brexit commemoration can be issued. Congratulations to Boris & Co.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on December 18, 2019, 10:10:34 AM
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the issuance of the Brexit 50p coin with the date 31 January 2020.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: MCz on December 18, 2019, 04:37:05 PM
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the issuance of the Brexit 50p coin with the date 31 January 2020.

third time lucky... the mintage is planned as prevoiusly in millions of pieces released into circulation?
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on December 21, 2019, 03:41:53 PM
A 5 pounds coin will be issued for the band Queen.

This coin is the first in a series of 5 pound coins commemorating British musicians.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on December 22, 2019, 05:28:22 AM
All change: UK tries again with new 50p to mark Brexit date | Politics | The (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/20/all-change-uk-tries-again-with-new-50p-to-mark-brexit-date?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR14KcWjeyw-1IeuNAsOrvTuU3v2jCoWoqQNyQHEWfjw3CZ-Ni5QmO5vWYo#Echobox=1576928123)

Brexit coin might be a reality next year. Could be that 31st January is the date (guess who'd going back for two weeks just before the end of January?)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Figleaf on December 22, 2019, 09:15:21 AM
Shouldn't be a problem, I think, but Murphy's law applies. Make sure your current visa is still recognised when you return.

Peter
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on December 22, 2019, 09:26:04 AM
Well, I'm British, I was more worried about the queues that will form. My other half is Chinese and if all EU citizens end up in the same queue, it could take hours.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on December 22, 2019, 11:18:06 AM
Guessing the Brexit coin won’t feature in the 2020 year sets, on the grounds that it was meant to be issued last year and the coins in the set would have already been decided upon.  That’s a pity - the historical significance of what the coin represents means it deserves a bit more than it will get.  Then again, the year sets have long since stopped being a snapshot of a year with so many other coins being issued throughout it.

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on December 22, 2019, 12:21:31 PM
Wonder if 'Remainer' coin collectors will add the Brexit coin to their collections?
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on December 22, 2019, 01:20:02 PM
Wonder if 'Remainer' coin collectors will add the Brexit coin to their collections?
Perhaps they will issue a set of the four EEC/EC/EU coins (the 1973, 1992-93, 1998 and this Brexit coin) as a set to mark our entry, anniversaries and events during our “stay” and our exit.  With an option not to include the Brexit coin so remainers can pretend it isn’t happening.

Interestingly the three previous coins (and indeed this one) were all planned during conservative governments.  The Conservatives had been out of office for eight months by the time the 1998 coin was issued, but it was undoubtedly planned before the 1997 election.  Not one of them was planned during a Labour government.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: <k> on December 22, 2019, 01:34:42 PM
The Conservatives took us into the EEC. The Conservatives are taking us out of the EU.

Harold Wilson, a Labour prime minister, introduced a referendum on the EEC. 66% voted to remain. Perhaps that referendum gave David Cameron his bright idea.  :D
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on December 22, 2019, 01:51:36 PM
The Conservatives took us into the EEC. The Conservatives are taking us out of the EU.

Harold Wilson, a Labour prime minister, introduced a referendum on the EEC. 66% voted to remain. Perhaps that referendum gave David Cameron his bright idea.  :D
It was long overdue though.  Other countries had had referenda on key issues and the UK were never given one.  It was therefore all stored up for the 2016 vote.  Undoubtedly many people that voted to remain when they were young in 1975 opted to leave in 2016.  41 years of not being given any say had taken its toll. 

My late mum and dad both opted to leave (in other words, voted no in 1975, as the question was “Do you think that the United Kingdom should stay in the European Community (the Common Market)?”)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on December 22, 2019, 03:44:31 PM
It would have been very fitting if the EU leaving date had been coincident with the VE Day seventy-fifth anniversary.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on December 23, 2019, 02:03:45 AM
It would have been very fitting if the EU leaving date had been coincident with the VE Day seventy-fifth anniversary.

Or even more fitting had it been set for February 30th.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on January 01, 2020, 01:30:15 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=96444;image)

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=96445;image)

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=96446;image)

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=96447;image)

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=96499;image)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on January 01, 2020, 01:35:57 AM
I only like the VE-Day coin a little bit.

The Team GB 50p is absolute trash. The Agatha Christie 2 pound coin looks childish. The waves on the Mayflower coin look ridiculous. The 5 pound coin is just ugly.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on January 01, 2020, 02:25:05 AM
I only like the VE-Day coin a little bit.

The Team GB 50p is absolute trash. The Agatha Christie 2 pound coin looks childish. The waves on the Mayflower coin look ridiculous. The 5 pound coin is just ugly.
Yes, I’d have to agree with you on all that.  The Team GB one reminds me of the 2011 WWF 50p.  Far too much going on.  And the jigsaw thing has been done before (Act of Union £2, 2007).
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on January 01, 2020, 02:52:18 AM
I only like the VE-Day coin a little bit.

The Team GB 50p is absolute trash. The Agatha Christie 2 pound coin looks childish. The waves on the Mayflower coin look ridiculous. The 5 pound coin is just ugly.

The Agatha Christie one makes me think it's all about Jigsaws. The Team GB one looks like someone just left their trash out, the VE Day one shows why people don't usually look that good on coins, the Mayflower one looks good, but then it's a bit hard to mess up ships like that anyway. The £5 looks good, but stopped collecting those when they stopped selling them for £5.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: FosseWay on January 01, 2020, 11:05:43 AM
Agree with augsburger.

Re the VE Day coin - it's not people per se that's the problem, but rather full-face portraits. The small people in the background work OK but the main woman suffers from the same manic look as William and Kate on their wedding £5 and as the King and Queen of Sweden on their wedding issue in 1976. Mints in general need to learn to keep to profiles when illustrating people. Ironically the one full-face yet realistic portrait on coins that doesn't look odd is the (in English terms) original - Henry VIII.

I actually quite like the £5, but as you say I've given up collecting them. It's not the designer's or the Mint's fault that George III was ugly as sin. When you consider that these coins essentially are commemorative medals rather than coins, I think it works quite well. Certainly better than some of the last couple of decades' £5 coins.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: FosseWay on January 01, 2020, 11:18:08 AM
Wonder if 'Remainer' coin collectors will add the Brexit coin to their collections?

Speaking as a remainer, I will add it to my collection if I come across it in circulation or swap it with someone who has a duplicate/doesn't want it. I won't specifically go looking for it on the RM's website, but I don't do this with other new issues either. I don't see the point of boycotting coins representing political views I disagree with; I have plenty of coins from Nazi Germany, the USSR and Fascist Italy in my collection, for example, but I have nothing but contempt for those regimes.

But I suspect any that make it into circulation will be removed by leavers wanting to add them to their Boris shrines.

I think the Brexit coin was a bad idea, not because I voted the other way and not because of the chaos caused by the moving of the date (that's not the Mint's or the coin's fault). For the same reason that we tend to avoid commemorating living people on coins, I don't think we should be commemorating current political events either. And yes, I'd put the 1973 issue into that category as well; I have always thought that was a bit of an oddity given that there were no commemoratives for other events at the time they occurred in that period. (The 1992/3 and 1998 ones are a bit different, as they commemorate an anniversary and the rotating EC presidency.)

Commemorating current political events is divisive, Brexit being the archetypal example. There wasn't a Good Friday Agreement coin either, and that was on the face of it a more generally positive event but nevertheless with its detractors. But even when an event isn't as charged as Brexit is, it takes time before its true effect on history, for good or bad, is measurable. This coin just smacks of triumphalism, tbh, and regardless of your view on Brexit, rubbing the other lot's faces in it just isn't helpful.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 01, 2020, 11:55:11 AM
The 50p Team GB coin can only be described as a mishmash. What on earth is the mind set at the RM!
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on January 01, 2020, 12:33:18 PM
Designer names:

Team GB 50p: David Knapton

Agatha Christie 2 pound: David Lawrence
Mayflower 2 pound: Chris Costello
VE Day 2 pound: Dominique Evans

George III: Dominique Evans
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on January 01, 2020, 01:41:27 PM
It’s something of a relief to see that the Royal Mint BU set is still £55.  It’s been that price for a few years now so will probably go up next year, regardless of the number of coins and face value within it.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on January 01, 2020, 01:47:42 PM
Looking back over eurocoin’s previous posts in this topic, a quick summary of what isn’t in the annual sets but coming this year (£5 coins excluded as I’ve lost all interest in them):

Brexit 50p
Dinosaurs 50p (3 coins - iguanodon, megalosaurus and hylaeosaurus)
Paddington 50p (2 more coins)

James Cook £2
(Image from previous post by eurocoin):
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1893/44226602292_16015ca8a5_o.jpg)

Any I’ve missed?  Guessing more will be announced and issued during the year though.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 01, 2020, 02:59:42 PM
Believe that a Rupert Bear is on the cards.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on January 01, 2020, 07:47:50 PM
Believe that a Rupert Bear is on the cards.
Can’t see it mentioned anywhere within this topic?  Unless I’ve missed it.  Rupert first published in 1920, so seems absolutely inevitable that there will be.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 01, 2020, 08:05:17 PM
Rupert Bear is planned for next year as it is then 100 years since it was first published.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on January 01, 2020, 08:13:14 PM
Despite the recent release of new 2 pound coins into circulation, the Royal Mint still has an enormous stock of 2016-dated ones and it is unlikely that any of the 2020-dated 2 pound coins will be released into general circulation.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 01, 2020, 08:19:49 PM
Alan71, here is another possibility for 2020.

Quote from: eurocoin on May 30, 2018, 06:50:36 PM
themes that did not make it onto UK commemorative coins of 2017:

--150th anniversary of the opening of the first Barnardo's home for homeless children

"On researching this theme idea, it became apparent that the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first shelter is actually in 2020. In 2017 it is 150 years since he opened a ragged school in the East End of London. It is recommended to postpone the commemoration until 2020."
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on January 01, 2020, 10:17:03 PM
Rupert Bear is planned for next year as it is then 100 years since it was first published.
Thanks!  That’s from another topic.  Have to admit I only checked this one, so thanks for the clarification.  And thanks for the Barnardo’s reminder.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 01, 2020, 10:58:44 PM
The Team GB 50p designed by David Knapton.

Perhaps David is a student of Egyptian archaeology.

The design is reminiscent of hieroglyphs.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 04, 2020, 12:08:47 PM
According to the information card on the 2020 year set, RM state that the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth on 16 September 1620.

This is an incorrect statement as it should be 6 September 1620 in accordance with the Julian calendar that was in use in England at the time.

The Julian Calendar was replaced by the Gregorian Calendar in 1752, changing the formula for calculating leap years. Eleven days were dropped from the month of September 1752. September 2  was followed by September 14.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on January 06, 2020, 02:47:36 PM
The Mayflower coin was designed by Chris Costello and sculpted by Jody Clark.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 10, 2020, 01:01:42 PM
The Team GB coin has been voted by Change Checkers as their favourite 2020 annual coin.

No accounting for taste!!!!!
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on January 10, 2020, 01:31:57 PM
The Team GB coin has been voted by Change Checkers as their favourite 2020 annual coin.

No accounting for taste!!!!!
Yes, I saw that.  And someone even commented that they liked the 2011 WWF design.  Thankfully I don’t take the Facebook generation of collectors too seriously, call me a numismatic snob and all that...
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 10, 2020, 01:46:24 PM
I wonder how many collectors can identify all the sports symbols?

Some are obvious and some are baffling.

There is a carabiner & rope to the right of the lions head for sport climbing. But what are the two symbols along the bottom row to the left & right of the wavy line?

The events list is:

Aquatics; Archery; Athletics; Badminton; Baseball/Softball; Basketball; Boxing; Canoe; Cycling
Equestrian; Fencing; Football; Golf; Gymnastics; Handball; Hockey; Judo; Karate; Modern Pentathlon
Rowing; Rugby; Sailing; Shooting; Skateboarding; Sport Climbing; Surfing; Table Tennis
Taekwondo; Tennis; Triathlon; Volleyball; Weightlifting; Wrestling

Paralympic events:
Archery; Athletics; Badminton; Boccia; Canoe; Cycling; Equestrian; Football 5-a-side; Goalball
Judo; Powerlifting; Rowing; Shooting; Sitting Volleyball; Swimming; Table Tennis; Taekwondo
Triathlon; Wheelchair Basketball; Wheelchair Fencing; Wheelchair Rugby; Wheelchair Tennis
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on January 10, 2020, 03:20:04 PM
Yes, I saw that.  And someone even commented that they liked the 2011 WWF design.  Thankfully I don’t take the Facebook generation of collectors too seriously, call me a numismatic snob and all that...

From one numismatic snob to another.... what the [insert strong word] are they seeing?

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on January 11, 2020, 10:20:54 AM
But what are the two symbols along the bottom row to the left & right of the wavy line?

The one to the right of the wavy line is a helmet for water polo. The thing to the left possibly is a diving board for diving.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 11, 2020, 11:54:46 AM
The one to the right of the wavy line is a helmet for water polo. The thing to the left possibly is a diving board for diving.

Thanks eurocoin. It makes sense keeping water sports grouped together - diving, sailing, swimming, water polo.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on January 14, 2020, 11:57:15 AM
In the House of Lords, the Liberal Democrats and crossbencher Lord Butler of Brockwell have yesterday criticized the issuance of commemorative 50 pence coins for Brexit.

According to them the coins commemorate division and their issuance is silly. They urged the government to cancel the issuance of the coin and to melt down any pieces that had already been made.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on January 15, 2020, 08:13:51 AM
I don't have a problem with them commemorating something that is, quite frankly, one of the most important events in the UK in my lifetime, regardless of whether it's positive or negative.

However where I see the problem is making it before the event has even happened.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on January 15, 2020, 09:14:45 AM
However where I see the problem is making it before the event has even happened.
I can’t think of many commemorative coins that aren’t produced (and even available) before the event has happened?  Aside from memorial coins (Churchill, Diana and the Queen Mother) every commemorative coin is available beforehand.  I suppose Brexit was a bit different though, as getting it through Parliament was a nightmare until the general election.  There’s certainly no harm in it being produced now.

The Liberal Democrats need to get over it - it’s happening whether they like it or not.  The irony is that their leader Jo Swinson, despite being a staunch remainer, failed to retain her seat as her Scottish voters (you know, those apparent staunch remainers being forced out of the EU against their will) didn’t vote her back in.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: FosseWay on January 15, 2020, 10:49:37 AM
I can’t think of many commemorative coins that aren’t produced (and even available) before the event has happened?  Aside from memorial coins (Churchill, Diana and the Queen Mother) every commemorative coin is available beforehand.  I suppose Brexit was a bit different though, as getting it through Parliament was a nightmare until the general election.  There’s certainly no harm in it being produced now.

The Liberal Democrats need to get over it - it’s happening whether they like it or not.  The irony is that their leader Jo Swinson, despite being a staunch remainer, failed to retain her seat as her Scottish voters (you know, those apparent staunch remainers being forced out of the EU against their will) didn’t vote her back in.

You conveniently fail to note that Swinson lost her seat to the SNP, who are not exactly known for their full-blooded support for Brexit, and who more generally achieved a convincing victory in Scotland. General elections are about more than one issue; if this one had only been about Brexit, there'd have been no votes for any party other than the Lib Dems and Brexit Party, while in reality neither of those parties performed well.

More generally, can we stop with the "XXX need to get over it" please? The whole point of a democracy is that people are free to campaign for policies that they believe in. Just because you lose a given election or referendum does not mean that you instantly are converted to whatever the result was. When Labour wins general elections we never expect the Tories to say, "Oh yes, of course you were right all along, we're all going to join Labour and depart from everything we've ever said we believe in", and vice versa. I really don't understand why the situation should be any different in a referendum. Yes, the result is what it is, Brexit is happening. Fine. But I object in the strongest possible terms to any suggestion that any political issue is done and dusted. That way lies dictatorship. A decision has been arrived at on Brexit, which is in force until another democratic decision amends or reverses it. That is how democracy works.

Leave won the referendum. Leave have now won the parliamentary wrangling. Leave now have the responsibility to negotiate in the country's best interests, and can be expected to be held to account for what they do. You won; get over it  ;)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on January 15, 2020, 11:24:57 AM
I can’t think of many commemorative coins that aren’t produced (and even available) before the event has happened?  Aside from memorial coins (Churchill, Diana and the Queen Mother) every commemorative coin is available beforehand.  I suppose Brexit was a bit different though, as getting it through Parliament was a nightmare until the general election.  There’s certainly no harm in it being produced now.

The Liberal Democrats need to get over it - it’s happening whether they like it or not.  The irony is that their leader Jo Swinson, despite being a staunch remainer, failed to retain her seat as her Scottish voters (you know, those apparent staunch remainers being forced out of the EU against their will) didn’t vote her back in.

Well, those that have been released before hand, like the Olympics coins, there's been a definite date at which it would happen.

The Brexit coin for October 31st cost the country a lot of money. That's the problem.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on January 18, 2020, 01:35:29 PM
Anyway, back to topic as I’m not going to become embroiled in any disagreements over Brexit on here.  I’ve got over it.

Apparently the cost of producing and melting down the 2019 Brexit coins is met by the Royal Mint which, to all intents and purposes, is now a private limited company fully owned by the government.  Presumably collectors are paying for it one way or another.

Well, that’s according to The Sun anyway, so it must be true...  ;)

Brexit 50p coin to enter circulation on January 31 – The Sun (https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.thesun.co.uk/money/10763275/brexit-50p-coin-enter-circulation-january/amp/)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on January 18, 2020, 02:59:09 PM

Well, that’s according to The Sun anyway, so it must be true...  ;)

Brexit 50p coin to enter circulation on January 31 – The Sun (https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.thesun.co.uk/money/10763275/brexit-50p-coin-enter-circulation-january/amp/)

Just reading articles on there about coins, and you see why people are going coin crazy. Everything "could be" worth "tonnes of money" according to the Sun.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: FosseWay on January 18, 2020, 05:07:03 PM
Well, those that have been released before hand, like the Olympics coins, there's been a definite date at which it would happen.

The Brexit coin for October 31st cost the country a lot of money. That's the problem.

To be fair, this time (i.e. 31 January), the Brexit date is as definite as any act of humankind can be. Sure, something really unexpected can disrupt plans, but that is as true of the Olympics or a coronation as it is of Brexit. Having taken the decision that it's an appropriate topic for commemoration on a coin, it seems perfectly reasonable to publicise it now. They could easily have done so before Christmas, when it was clear that the political hurdles had been overcome.

The problem with the earlier attempts was that there was no political decision on which to base the issuing decision; it really was a case of counting chickens before they'd hatched. Given the parliamentary arithmetic at the time, it was entirely foreseeable in both March and October last year that Brexit would be delayed. Whoever insisted in the face of such clear evidence that coin production should go ahead anyway should really be in the dock facing charges of misconduct in public office.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 19, 2020, 10:25:59 AM
A memory jogger of the Brexit journey to accompany the 50p release:

A referendum was held on Thursday, 23 Jun 16, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%. The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30m people voting. For the UK to leave the EU it had to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty giving the two sides two years to agree the terms of the split.

This process was triggered on 29 Mar 17, meaning the UK should have left at 11pm UK time on Friday, 29 Mar 19. MPs could not agree on a proposed UK-EU deal and a delay to Brexit was granted until 31 Oct. A draft revised withdrawal agreement was passed by Parliament on 22 Oct, but with little time left to ratify it and turn it into UK law before 31 Oct, a further extension was granted until 31 Jan 20.

Following a general election on 12 Dec 19, giving a large Conservative majority, the Brexit bill was passed in Jan 20 and the UK will leave the EU at 11pm on 31 Jan 2020 (midnight Dutch time). The first member state to withdraw from the EU (27 states remain).
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on January 19, 2020, 10:57:24 AM
The first 5 pound coin in the Music Legends series will be available tomorrow. As previously mentioned it will commemorate Queen.

The second coin in the series will commemorate the Beatles.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on January 19, 2020, 11:32:02 AM
The first 5 pound coin in the Music Legends series will be available tomorrow. As previously mentioned it will commemorate Queen.

The second coin in the series will commemorate the Beatles.

Queen on both sides of the coin then?
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on January 19, 2020, 12:53:30 PM
I’m not commenting but someone on Change Checker’s Facebook post put “Hoping for AC/DC, Metallica etc and not Queen on both sides.”  Quite why it would be one of the other two anyway is beyond me.  I won’t comment on there, not going to spoil Change Checker’s belief that they have exclusive knowledge no one else knows yet.   ;D
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on January 21, 2020, 05:51:49 AM
Discount code BND221 for a free 5 pound coin if you purchase a 2020 annual set.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on January 21, 2020, 01:36:36 PM
The first 5 pound coin in the Music Legends series will be available tomorrow. As previously mentioned it will commemorate Queen.

The second coin in the series will commemorate the Beatles.

It will be interesting to see how popular the Music Legends series will be. I logged in to RM at 9am Monday to see if I would be in a queue. Got almost instant access.

I am not interested in £5 coins and it looks like interest will be limited from first impressions.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on February 07, 2020, 09:59:30 AM
The first coin in the series is the Megalosaurus 50p. It will be released soon.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on February 07, 2020, 10:29:30 AM
The first coin in the series is the Megalosaurus 50p. It will be released soon.

Does this refer to the cryptic message in an email received yesterday from RM?

"Tales of the Earth Coming Soon. 
Discover the secrets beneath your feet. Be among the first to uncover an incredible story of British discovery."
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Figleaf on February 07, 2020, 01:52:20 PM
And I thought an incredible story of British discovery referred to putting milk in your tea. :)

Peter
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on February 13, 2020, 08:41:23 AM
The Megalosaurus 50p will be available from 9 am GMT. For the first time the Royal Mint releases 2 different versions in BU quality. One coloured version for 20 pounds that works with augmented reality and a non-coloured version for 10 pounds. There will also be 2 versions in proof quality. A non-coloured version for 60 pounds and a coloured version for 65 pounds. Only the coin featuring the Megalosaurus will be available today. The other 2 coins in the series will be released later in the year.

As of today the Megalosaurus 50p will be the next SYO at the Royal Mint Experience.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=97084;image)
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=97085;image)

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on February 13, 2020, 09:16:11 AM
The dinosaur 50p coins will not be released into general circulation. The other 2 coins in the series will be released in March and April.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on February 13, 2020, 10:36:56 AM
The dinosaur 50p coins will not be released into general circulation. The other 2 coins in the series will be released in March and April.

Iguanodon from March 16 and the Hylaeosaurus from April 6.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: <k> on February 13, 2020, 11:59:23 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=97085;image)



50p coins to commemorate UK’s contribution to dinosaur discoveries - ITV News (https://www.itv.com/news/2020-02-13/50p-coins-to-commemorate-uks-contribution-to-dinosaur-discoveries/)

Extract:

A range of commemorative 50p coins will be emblazoned with dinosaurs to mark Britain’s contribution to discovering the prehistoric creatures.

The coins will feature three different dinosaurs, the fossils of which led British anatomist Sir Richard Owen to coin the term “Dinosauria” in a paper in 1842, the Royal Mint and Natural History Museum said.

The renowned Victorian scientist applied the name, meaning “fearfully great lizards”, after realising the fossils of Megalosaurus, Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus shared common characteristics.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on February 13, 2020, 03:52:53 PM
Short text to accompany the Megalosaurus:

Megalosaurus was first found in England and was the first dinosaur to be officially named. It started the science of palaeontology.

In 1824, the Reverend William Buckland wrote a paper titled‭ '‬Notice on the Megalosaurus or great Fossil Lizard of Stonesfield‭'‬ based on the various fossils that had been found as quarrying tunnels were excavated at Stonesfield, north of Witney in Oxfordshire. The fossils were found some years before, the dentary having been placed in the collection of the Oxford Anatomy School at Christchurch College (Oxford) in 1797. The fossilised lower jawbone as seen by Buckland is shown in the design.

Megalosaurus, meaning ‘giant (or great) lizard,’ was a bipedal, carnivorous theropod (‘beast-footed’) dinosaur with short arms, short neck and massive tail, from the mid Jurassic period, about 165 million years ago. Using the Greek root ‘mega’ turned out to be a bit of a misnomer as it was only one-quarter the size of T. Rex.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on February 17, 2020, 11:40:17 AM
The Megalosaurus 50p is currently the SYO at the Royal Mint Experience. Yesterday the minting press was misbehaving and the dies have clashed badly. However quality control is none existent so no action was taken and therefore all of the SYO's currently have the error.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on February 17, 2020, 02:29:23 PM
The Megalosaurus 50p is currently the SYO at the Royal Mint Experience. Yesterday the minting press was misbehaving and the dies have clashed badly. However quality control is none existent so no action was taken and therefore all of the SYO's currently have the error.

One Ebay seller (Huwgg) stated "struck today (16 Feb) with 4 strikes of the die at higher than normal pressure". Error not obvious from photo.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on February 17, 2020, 09:20:56 PM
One Ebay seller (Huwgg) stated "struck today (16 Feb) with 4 strikes of the die at higher than normal pressure". Error not obvious from photo.

The Royal Mint has now changed the minting dies so I guess it was a die clash rather than 4 strikes being the problem. The average on the Strike Your Own machine is 3 strikes but given the delicate design and relief I think 4 may well be normal for this coin.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: africancoins on March 03, 2020, 07:39:14 PM
I got one of the circulation Brexit 50 Pence coins today....  It was changed given at a local shop....

Has anyone else had one for just 50 Pence yet ?

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 04, 2020, 08:26:03 AM
I recently received a BU specimen in ChangeChecker card for free from a friendly dealer. An historic coin in good quality but the design remains very disappointing of course.



Recently I read that Nigel Farage, who showed his Strike Your Own coin (the Struck on the day version) on television several times on Brexit day, gave his SYO to President Trump while visiting him in the White House.   
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: <k> on March 04, 2020, 12:49:16 PM
I got one of the circulation Brexit 50 Pence coins today....  It was changed given at a local shop....

Has anyone else had one for just 50 Pence yet ?

Not me. I seem to be getting a few rabbit 50 pence coins lately.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on March 04, 2020, 01:16:54 PM
I got one of the circulation Brexit 50 Pence coins today....  It was changed given at a local shop....

Has anyone else had one for just 50 Pence yet?

Same as <k>, not seen one yet. Recently got 1918 People Act and Paddington at St Pauls. Don't know anybody who has had one in their change to date.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: andyg on March 04, 2020, 01:37:43 PM
The post office were giving them out on b-day here, I received one in change that afternoon. No more since.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: <k> on March 04, 2020, 01:54:19 PM
Recently got 1918 People Act and Paddington at St Pauls.

I got those exact same two in recent weeks. Now that Matthew Dent's round pound has gone, I think our circulation series is wrecked. Therefore we should emulate old Ireland and produce a barnyard set for our standard circulation coins, but this time a barnyard of cartoon animals. We could have Bungle on the penny, Biffo the Bear on the 2p, Sooty on the 5p, Pooh bear on the 10p, Paddington on the 20p, and Rupert on the 50p. The pound and 2 pound coins would be given over to heraldry as usual. The millennials would love this set and the Royal Mint would make trillions of pounds, dollars, euros, you name it, around the world, selling these wildly popular sets.  8)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 06, 2020, 10:25:01 AM
Since yesterday I am receiving reports that The Royal Mint will soon issue a new 50 pence coin in the Beatrix Potter series.

Update 11:46: Publisher Penguin Random House did not want to confirm or deny that a new coin was being issued but told me to keep an eye on The Royal Mint's social media channels for any upcomming announcements  ;)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 12, 2020, 10:58:09 AM
The Royal Mint will soon issue a commemorative 50p coin to commemorate scientist Rosalind Franklin. She discovered things related to DNA. The coin will depict Photograph 51. It will be the second release in the Innovators in Science series.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on March 12, 2020, 12:16:19 PM
The Royal Mint will soon issue a commemorative 50p coin to commemorate scientist Rosalind Franklin. She discovered things related to DNA. The coin will depict Photograph 51. It will be the second release in the Innovators in Science series.

The issue marks the centenary of Rosalind Franklin’s birth.
Franklin, born in July 25, 1920, in London, showed an early interest in science and trained as a chemist, becoming an expert on coal and other carbon-based materials. She earned a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1945. She then worked in Paris, developing skills at using X-ray crystallography to study crystalline structures, before moving to King’s College London, where Maurice Wilkins had been studying the molecular structure of DNA. Franklin took up DNA studies and produced exceptional X-ray images. She came close to determining DNA’s double-helix structure, but didn’t get it quite right.
Meanwhile James Watson, who had been following her research, was shown one of her X-ray images by Wilkins in early 1953, enabling Watson and Francis Crick to deduce the correct DNA architecture. Franklin saw that the Watson-Crick model was consistent with her work, but didn’t immediately accept that the model would ultimately turn out to be right in detail. She died in 1958, and so was not eligible for the Nobel Prize, awarded four years later to Watson and Crick. Wilkins also shared the prize, but there is no doubt that had she still been alive, Franklin would have deserved it more than he did.

Expect next year we will see Charles Babbage appear as an issue would mark the 150th anniversary of his death.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 16, 2020, 01:24:21 PM
The new Peter Rabbit 50p will be released on Thursday March 19. It will be the last coin in the Beatrix Potter 50p series.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 17, 2020, 02:24:32 PM
The Royal Mint Experience has decided to after today close its doors for the foreseeable future because of the corona crisis. The Strike Your Own Iguanodon 50p, which was the SYO since yesterday, is likely going to be very rare.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: FosseWay on March 17, 2020, 02:48:27 PM
Are the SYO coins themselves different from the same design struck otherwise, or is it just the packaging that differs?
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 17, 2020, 03:00:37 PM
Are the SYO coins themselves different from the same design struck otherwise, or is it just the packaging that differs?

No, it is just a special packaging. The coins themselves do not differ from the ones in regular BU packs.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: FosseWay on March 17, 2020, 03:05:00 PM
OK, thanks  :)

No extra variant for me to look for then! (Personally I'm not bothered about the packaging, if any.)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 19, 2020, 09:46:30 AM
The 15th and also last coin in the Beatrix Potter Series will be available from 9 am UK time.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=97693;image)

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=97694;image)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 19, 2020, 10:04:01 AM
The 2020-dated Peter Rabbit 50p will not be released into general circulation.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 19, 2020, 01:53:46 PM
The 2020-dated Peter Rabbit 50p can now be bought from the Westminster Collection for face value (free postage - max. 1 per person). Have a look here (https://www.westminstercollection.com/p-258Y/2020-UK-Peter-Rabbit-CERTIFIED-BU-50p.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2RrYTNRa3_3FlY8J_eZLN8Ex_CUW4wyQi4Mhu9xIIBYgoe6i6IUC_-VNM).

Update: No longer available.

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 20, 2020, 11:50:47 AM
The 2020-dated Peter Rabbit 50p can now again be bought from the Westminster Collection for face value (free postage - max. 1 per person). Have a look here (https://www.westminstercollection.com/p-904Y/2020-UK-Peter-Rabbit-CERTIFIED-BU-50p.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3qorj_bQxt2ALmMW3kFlAm7ET4XcnB_yCrE1AbUlBqrsPaYk8HmEI0zuw).

Update: No longer available.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 23, 2020, 09:51:56 PM
The next coin in the Music Legends 5 pounds series is sheduled to commemorate Elton John. The coin was planned to be released soon. The issuance of the coin has however been postponed at the request of Elton John. The reasons for this are unknown.

It is a very ugly coin.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: MCz on March 23, 2020, 10:46:17 PM
The reasons for this are unknown.
It is a very ugly coin.
Maybe this is a reason :-)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: FosseWay on March 24, 2020, 07:38:03 AM
Hasn't Elton John been ill recently? It may be that he wanted to be involved directly in the launch. And no-one's launching anything in the UK now for at least three weeks, anyway.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on March 24, 2020, 10:24:02 AM
Not wishing to appear pedantic, but for the sake of consistency, I would have thought that posts regarding £5 coins would be better placed under 'Non-circulating decimal coins'.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: <k> on March 24, 2020, 11:46:40 AM
Not wishing to appear pedantic, but for the sake of consistency, I would have thought that posts regarding £5 coins would be better placed under 'Non-circulating decimal coins'.

Not all threads contain only one subject or the other. Because this thread is about 'UK Commemorative coins for 2020', the majority of which are always now going to be the 50 pence and 2 pound coins (and there are usually two or more examples of each per year now), these outnumber the 5 pounds coins. Since the majority of coins in this thread do belong in this category, perhaps it is best to make an exception and keep the thread here in this sub-board. After all, it is better to keep all the new issues for a year in one thread. Those are my thoughts. However, Alan71 is the moderator here, so it would be interesting to know his thoughts.

 
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 24, 2020, 01:56:48 PM
The Olympic Games have now been postponed until 2021. It will be interesting to see the consequences (if any) of this decision for the UK's issuance program and the 2020-dated Team GB 50p that so far was only available in the annual set.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 25, 2020, 04:27:04 PM
The 2020-dated Team GB 50p coin will only be available in the annual set. The Royal Mint will not release the coin in a separate BU pack and it will also not be released into general circulation. The Royal Mint will continue to sell these loose BU coins to its distributors (like the Westminster Collection) who sell them in their own packaging.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=96444;image)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on March 25, 2020, 06:13:47 PM
Thomas Bach (president of the IOC) has said he could not guarantee all elements of the Olympics would remain as initially planned and spoke of how "sacrifices" and "compromises" will be necessary as a result of the postponement.
That could be interpreted as some original scheduled events might not feature, possible affecting the 50p design if it is re-issued next year. 
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on March 25, 2020, 09:23:01 PM
The Royal Mint has just released a statement saying that upcoming commemorative coin launches could be postponed, including the Team GB coin which will be launched in 2021. The release of the Hyleaosaurus 50p coin has also been postponed.

To safeguard their employees, The Royal Mint has reduced the number of staff on site significantly.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on March 30, 2020, 03:22:51 PM
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will run from 23 July to 8 August 2021, the International Olympic Committee has announced.

Tokyo 2020 will remain the name of the event despite the fact it is happening a year later.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on April 09, 2020, 10:20:54 PM
A closer look at the 2020-dated James Cook 2 pounds coin, the last coin in the series. A photo of the coin was already leaked by The Royal Mint a few years ago, which was at the time noticed by our member kena. The coin was sheduled to be released soon but the issuance has been postponed because of the current situation.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=98068;image)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on April 20, 2020, 02:18:28 PM
The Royal Mint Experience is currently again taking bookings for tours. The earliest date that can be booked is June 11.

Who is their informant? Appears a tad ambitious for something that must be considered low on the ease of restriction list.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: kena on April 20, 2020, 10:24:29 PM
Several papers in the UK have ran stories about the gradual opening up of the UK with the 11th of May start and by the 15th of June most places opened.  So the 11th of June tracks rather well with this plan.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on April 21, 2020, 11:00:52 AM
Several papers in the UK have ran stories about the gradual opening up of the UK with the 11th of May start and by the 15th of June most places opened.

Is this a case of what is written must be true? Or is it fanciful journalism?
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on April 21, 2020, 04:32:54 PM
A closer look at the 2020-dated James Cook 2 pounds coin, the last coin in the series. A photo of the coin was already leaked by The Royal Mint a few years ago, which was at the time noticed by our member kena. The coin was sheduled to be released soon but the issuance has been postponed because of the current situation.

‘New Zealand’ would have been better for the design rather than the use of the Māori names ‘Te Ika-a-Māui’ for the North Island and ‘Te Waipounamu’ for the South Island.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: kena on April 21, 2020, 09:20:43 PM
There seems to a difference set of opinions in the cabinet in the UK as to when the process of easing the lockdown should start.

All we know for certain is the announcement on the 16th of April that it would last another three weeks, which takes us to the 7th of May.  The day before our next bank holiday. 

The 11th of May would be the Monday after the long bank holiday weekend.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on May 02, 2020, 11:28:21 AM
With the Team GB coin now being launched in 2021, has it been confirmed that the obverse will be dated 2021?

Change Checker state so and ebay sellers are pricing 2020-dated Team GB coins as such based on their limited availability.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on May 02, 2020, 11:35:51 AM
Change Checker can say whatever they want to say. The Royal Mint has denied that decisions have been made in this regard. It is only known that the coin will not be released loose this year. What will happen in the future is unknown. It is not even certain that the Olympic Games will take place in 2021.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on May 02, 2020, 12:24:50 PM
Thanks for the reply eurocoin.

I personally think that the obverse will remain dated 2020 if it is released for circulation.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on May 02, 2020, 03:34:24 PM
I personally think that the obverse will remain dated 2020 if it is released for circulation.
You mean the reverse don’t you?  The date is on the reverse side - I’d say they might keep that date as the Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020, but I imagine they might have a 2021 date on the obverse.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: kena on May 02, 2020, 03:38:25 PM
You mean the reverse don’t you?  The date is on the reverse side - I’d say they might keep that date as the Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020, but I imagine they might have a 2021 date on the obverse.

I think you will end up being correct on that, if the games to go ahead in 2021.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on May 02, 2020, 04:23:34 PM
You mean the reverse don’t you?  The date is on the reverse side - I’d say they might keep that date as the Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020, but I imagine they might have a 2021 date on the obverse.

I meant what I wrote.

'2020' will remain on the reverse as the Games will still be known as 'Tokyo 2020', but I think that the date in the obverse legend will be 2020 if it is launched in 2021, so as to match the reverse date.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on May 02, 2020, 11:43:48 PM
We’ll see... I think it’s too much of a marketing opportunity to miss.  Even if the 2020 version isn’t being issued for circulation or made available in separate packs from the Royal Mint, it’s still available individually from Westminster/Change Checker.  The Royal Mint in its current form isn’t going to squander the commercial possibilities. 

Had they not also put the 2020 date on the reverse of the coin, you might have been right, but on both sides it’s begging for a 2021 version.

We won’t know until next year happens though.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on May 03, 2020, 10:31:45 AM
I wonder if RM’s issuance list for 2020 (whatever it contains) will be curtailed due to Covid-19?
Would it be in their interest to squander commercial possibilities (to borrow an Alan71 phrase)?
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on May 04, 2020, 09:15:03 AM
The collectors editions of the VE Day 2 pound coin will be released on the Royal Mint website today. HM Treasury has also authorized The Royal Mint to produce the coin for general circulation if there is sufficient demand from the cash centres, which there appears to be.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Pabitra on May 04, 2020, 03:14:56 PM
In three different combinations


Royal Mint release commemorative £2 coin to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day (https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/11540993/royal-mint-ve-day-coin/)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: MCz on May 04, 2020, 03:21:16 PM
Even four, as Piedfort version issued too (so 2x silver, gold, base bimetallic).
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: redlock on May 04, 2020, 08:18:03 PM
In three different combinations


Royal Mint release commemorative £2 coin to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day (https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/11540993/royal-mint-ve-day-coin/)

Three different colours seems pretty cool. However, how trustworthy is the neswpaper?
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: MCz on May 04, 2020, 08:26:56 PM
Quote
However, how trustworthy is the neswpaper?
It is, at least in this case. At the beginning of article they wrote a link to Royal Mint e-shop with these coins... 3 colours (4 versions as silver normal and silver Piedfort) avaliable, also issues in PNC and in set with predecimal 1945 coins.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: MCz on May 04, 2020, 08:31:18 PM
Link here: VE Day | The Royal Mint (https://go.skimresources.com/?id=34784X1028065&isjs=1&jv=14.1.0-stackpath&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fmoney%2F11540993%2Froyal-mint-ve-day-coin%2F&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.royalmint.com%2Four-coins%2Fevents%2Fve-day%2F&xguid=f2778639e5c89948e54a1e136b3bf4d4&xs=1&xtz=-120&xuuid=46560eed7a6804198fc6e8b11a39505c&xcust=xid%3Afr1588616857106hhd&xjsf=other_click__contextmenu%20%5B0%5D)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: kena on May 04, 2020, 08:49:27 PM
BU
BU Cover
Historic Set

Silver Proof
Silver Proof Cover
Piedfort Silver

Gold Proof
Gold Proof Cover
Gold Proof with Newspaper

I can't find all of the versions that the spoke about unless i did not understand the article.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: redlock on May 05, 2020, 08:27:53 AM
So, the coloured coins are NCLT coins.
I hadn't known that.  :-[
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on May 05, 2020, 09:27:16 AM
Er... what’s NCLT?  :)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: MCz on May 05, 2020, 09:44:22 AM
Er... what%u2019s NCLT?  :)
NCLT = non circulated, I guess.


So, the coloured coins are NCLT coins.
I hadn't known that.  :-[
Only base bimetallic can be produced for circulation (if this will be needed)... silver and gold coins are usually non circulated from minimum 50 years :)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on May 05, 2020, 11:06:01 AM
Only base bimetallic can be produced for circulation ...

Providing they are not coloured.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Pabitra on May 05, 2020, 11:56:04 AM
Er... what’s NCLT?  :)

Non circulating Legal Tender.

You buy them for £50 or £100 but if need to use them then you can tender them for £2 ( or the face value)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on May 05, 2020, 11:58:05 AM
Oh, Non Circulating Legal Tender.  I assumed that was obvious, hence me wondering if it stood for something else!  Coloured coins never circulate (and I hope they never do). 

Cue for the Royal Mint to issue a coloured Mickey Mouse coin for circulation, so people could finally call the coinage Mickey Mouse money.  :D
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Figleaf on May 05, 2020, 02:34:58 PM
Nothing is ever simple. You are right to assume that a colouring coins is a gimmick. However, as always in the area of coins, there are exceptions.

The Canadian mint, a renowned hoopla factory, made coloured cents for circulation a while back, with the maple leaf in bright red. I presume the technology has improved since, but at the time, the colour wore off faster than lipstick at a dance party. What made the issue unforgettable is that a group of US defence contractors on mission in Canada took some coloured cents received in change for red Russian spy transmitters and donated them free of charge to the CIA. I am not making this up. ::)

Peter
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on May 05, 2020, 02:42:45 PM
Ah yes, I did encounter a couple of coloured Canadian coins in change when I was there last year.  I meant in the UK in my previous post.  I suppose I should correct myself, and never say never, but I hope it’s unlikely.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on May 10, 2020, 08:03:10 AM
VE Day 2 pound coin in BU quality for face value available from the Westminster Collection here (https://www.westminstercollection.com/p-921X/2020-UK-VE-Day-CERTIFIED-BU-2-Pound.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2rMxeck317DvPvWyNmNP6Ic533VU4NqVEM32pt0ru1-NlBqmBkNm16NWA). Postage is free, so you only pay 2 pounds.

Currently sold out but they are taking pre-orders so be sure to order if you want one. Remember that the coin may enter circulation later in the year. This offer is only for residents of the UK and only for a limited time.

Update: No longer available.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on May 18, 2020, 01:22:34 PM
With the conclusion of the 3-coin series for Cook’s first voyage, I would assume that the RM will issue another 3-coin series for the second voyage.

Cook’s second voyage, 1772-1775, was spurred on by his desire to find the temperate ‘Southern Continent’ after he had failed to do so on his first voyage. He crossed the Antarctic Circle for the first time on 17 Jan 1773, his ship, Resolution, becoming the first vessel to do so. On arriving home, Cook informed the Admiralty that there was no Terra Australis. Soon enough there would be no American Colonies either!

As for the first voyage I would suggest the following subtitles:
2018 Endeavour sets sail.
2019 Transit of Venus.
2020 Charting the Southern Seas.


Subtitles for a potential second series could be:
2022 Expedition sets sail.
2023 Search for the Southern Continent.
2024 Charting the Southern Seas.

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on May 19, 2020, 03:08:02 PM
The Royal Mint has urged all dealers and wholesalers to return their stocks of the BU version of the 2020-dated 2 pound coin of James Cook. The reason for this is unknown. The coin will not yet be available.

I have contacted The Royal Mint for more information on this.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on May 19, 2020, 04:32:12 PM
Royal Mint spokeswoman Kaz Davies confirmed the above information. She informed me that a problem was spotted related to the packaging after the first orders had already been sent out to coin dealers and wholesalers. She also mentioned that the Royal Mint is working hard on getting the issue resolved, which they expect to take a few days.

An email that the Royal Mint sent to dealers and distributors mentions that the coins were inserted in the wrong hole in the packaging. Although the packs contain only 1 coin, they have 3 holes. Not a very interesting error unfortunately.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on May 31, 2020, 02:39:38 PM
The Hylaeosaurus 50p will be available in BU, proof etc. tomorrow.

Coin on the left:
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=97084;image)

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on June 02, 2020, 07:47:16 PM
Endeavour picture-puzzle

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on July 18, 2020, 01:09:58 PM
The Rosalind Franklin 50p coin will be released on Monday. The coin looks terrible.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 18, 2020, 01:32:23 PM
‘Photograph 51’ was the 51st diffraction photograph taken in May 1952 showing the structural outline of DNA for the first time - an X-ray diffraction image of the B-form DNA.
Rosalind Franklin showed an early interest in science and trained as a chemist, becoming an expert on coal and other carbon-based materials. She earned a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1945. She then worked in Paris, developing skills at using X-ray crystallography to study crystalline structures, before moving to King’s College London, where Maurice Wilkins had been studying the molecular structure of DNA. Franklin took up DNA studies and produced exceptional X-ray images. She came close to determining DNA’s double-helix structure, but didn’t get it quite right.
Meanwhile James Watson, who had been following her research, was shown one of her X-ray images by Wilkins in early 1953, enabling Watson and Francis Crick to deduce the correct DNA architecture. Franklin saw that the Watson-Crick model was consistent with her work, but didn’t immediately accept that the model would ultimately turn out to be right in detail. She died in 1958, and so was not eligible for the Nobel Prize (recipient must be living), awarded 4yrs later to Watson & Crick.

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 19, 2020, 09:51:24 AM
Photograph 51 took 60 hours to develop. The fading edge to the images indicates the repetitive pattern of DNA.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: redlock on July 19, 2020, 07:56:10 PM
Photograph 51 took 60 hours to develop. The fading edge to the images indicates the repetitive pattern of DNA.

To be honest, I have no idea how they figured out from this picture that the DNA has a double helix structure.  :-[
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on July 19, 2020, 08:17:43 PM
The design of the coin. It was made by David Knapton who also designed all of the Paddington Bear 50p coins.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=100956;image)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 19, 2020, 08:29:24 PM
The design is dotty in more ways than one. It leaves a lot to be desired.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 20, 2020, 10:05:51 AM
Photograph 51
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on July 20, 2020, 10:50:20 AM
HM Treasury has given permission for the Rosalind Franklin 50p coin to enter circulation if there is sufficient demand for 50p coins.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: MCz on July 20, 2020, 10:48:44 PM
The design of the coin. It was made by David Knapton who also designed all of the Paddington Bear 50p coins.
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=100956;image)
He designed also 2020 Team GB 50p, with small icons of all sports on olympic games, design was inspired by japanais poctograms and it was due to olympics in Japan.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 21, 2020, 10:53:45 AM
He designed also 2020 Team GB 50p, with small icons of all sports on olympic games, design was inspired by japanais poctograms and it was due to olympics in Japan.

I posted the pictograms in this thread on 13 July 19 and I really don't see any association with the symbols on the Olympic 50p (unless you are merely referring to symbology). To my mind they are in a 'hieroglyphic' style devised by the designer.
Pictograms were first introduced at the 1964 Tokyo Games to provide an easy visual representation of particular sports. In the case of the Olympic 50p, it is not easy to readily relate some symbols to the sport which they are meant to represent. 
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on July 22, 2020, 10:38:30 AM
The Royal Mint is going to release a series of 50p coins inspired by the stories written by Alan Milne. The first coin in the series will be a Winnie the Pooh 50p coin.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 22, 2020, 10:48:10 AM
Thanks for the heads up Eurocoin. Marks the centenary of Christopher Robin Milne’s birth.

Do you know if RM are still intending an issue for the centenary of Mary Tourtel’s Rupert Bear?
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on July 22, 2020, 12:53:50 PM
The first 3 coins in the Winnie the Pooh 50p series will depict respectively Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on July 26, 2020, 10:56:37 AM
The Royal Mint is going to release a series of 50p coins inspired by the stories written by Alan Milne. The first coin in the series will be a Winnie the Pooh 50p coin.

The inscription accompanying the design given in the proclamation is "WINNIE THE POOH”.
Disney acquired the rights to Winnie-the-Pooh in 1961 and dropped the hyphens in the character’s name.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on July 31, 2020, 08:44:35 PM
The Royal Mint Experience reopened today. The Iguanodon 50p is still the Strike Your Own coin.
A-Z 10p coin swaps have been discontinued indefinitely.

No UK circulation coins were being produced today. Instead, they were minting an order for the government of Egypt.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: redlock on August 01, 2020, 07:42:33 PM
No UK circulation coins were being produced today. Instead, they were minting an order for the government of Egypt.

Oh? I thought Egypt is one of the countries were banknotes are much prefered to coins, and thus coins are very rarely used (and minted).  ???
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on August 08, 2020, 02:51:53 PM
The first 3 coins in the Winnie the Pooh 50p series will depict respectively Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet.

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on August 31, 2020, 05:51:58 AM
The 2020-dated Brexit 50p coin in BU quality is currently available from the Westminster Collection for 50p (free postage) here (https://lm.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.westminstercollection.com%2Fquickorder%2Fdetails.aspx%3Fqoc%3D999272T0%26fbclid%3DIwAR2I10cKlR3TBbYVEjniTOjIHuYPhe2PXmlwDNR_Z2HjdQTvoLMBuFVywzU&h=AT1NN2XEdud4GxdaZnWywUeNZcd6HTD8zZpip_MJKpFTNsOpK-MCSGxEc62nv5I-4XlxTJf_q06t78FI9UNwBTj10k31Ca6lTq2NmzbRKybxweQXYSqkdrsfsIIzStGRFSTWcioO9IrQmghLk_Y9Fg).
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on August 31, 2020, 01:25:17 PM
The 2020-dated Megalosaurus 50p in BU quality is available from the Westminster Collection for 50p (free postage) here (https://www.westminstercollection.com/quickorder/details.aspx?qoc=999305T0).
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on September 09, 2020, 12:07:18 PM
It has become very likely that The Royal Mint Experience will later this week have to close its doors again for the foreseeable future..
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: redlock on September 09, 2020, 08:14:28 PM
It has become very likely that The Royal Mint Experience will later this week have to close its doors again for the foreseeable future..

Because of the high SARS-CoV-2 infection rate in the UK?
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on September 09, 2020, 08:48:03 PM
Because of the high SARS-CoV-2 infection rate in the UK?

Yes, in the area next to the mint there already is a local lockdown and the number of infections in the area where the mint is located is also increasing rapidly.

I have seen recent photos taken on the site of the Royal Mint Experience on which it was crowded, nobody wearing face masks and nobody keeping distance so maybe it is better if it closes.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on September 10, 2020, 06:17:05 PM
The first people have started to receive the VE Day 2 pound coin that they months ago ordered from the Westminster Collection for face value. Remarkably, people who only ordered and paid for 1 piece so far all received 2 pieces.

People who have been waiting for months to receive a 5 pound coin for which they paid face value too so far all received two 5 pound coins.

This is going to be an expensive matter for the Westminster Collection.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on September 10, 2020, 06:58:11 PM
The first people have started to receive the VE Day 2 pound coin that they months ago ordered from the Westminster Collection for face value.

Received my VE Day and Brexit coins yesterday. For the Gruffalo, Megalosaurus and D-Day coins, Westminster are currently awaiting stock.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on September 14, 2020, 02:35:56 PM
The loose Agatha Christie 2 pound coins have today been released from The Royal Mint. The Agatha Christie 2 pound coin will not be released into general circulation.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on September 17, 2020, 09:29:26 AM
The area where the Royal Mint is located is now in lockdown. People from outside Rhondda Cynon Taff are officially not allowed to enter to visit the mint. The Royal Mint has decided to remain open until further notice. Since a few days face masks are mandatory and there are also temperature checks.

From next week the last dinosaur 50p (Hylaeosaurus) is sheduled to be the new Strike Your Own coin at The Royal Mint Experience.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on September 17, 2020, 09:35:47 PM
The Royal Mint Experience remains closed for the foreseeable future because of COVID-19.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on September 20, 2020, 10:32:27 AM
Coinhunter have shown these pictures of the first Winnie the Pooh series 50p scheduled for release 23 September.
Not sure if they are factual or mock-ups.

On reflection I would guess it is a mock-up as the style is more like an EH Shepard illustration, rather than a Disney version of Pooh wearing a red shirt.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on September 23, 2020, 10:11:03 AM
Surprisingly, the designs are EH Shepard illustrations.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on September 23, 2020, 12:05:12 PM
The Royal Mint uses a new technology to colour the proof coins. Previously this used to be done by pad printing but now a flatbed LED UV printer is being used for this.

The coins will not be released into general circulation. In the next 2 years, each year another 3 pieces are planned to be released in this series. So it is expected there will be a total of 9 pieces in the series. The coins do not appear to be popular amongst collectors with some of the designs being considered to be of poor quality.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on September 23, 2020, 04:05:39 PM
The Winnie-the-Pooh design (with added bee) comes from the story ‘In Which Eeyore has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents.’
The Christopher Robin design (with added bee) is the first illustration in the first story ‘In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie the Pooh and Some Bees and the Stories Begin.’
The Piglet design (with added bee) comes from the story ‘In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition to the North Pole.’
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on September 23, 2020, 04:14:21 PM
For anyone who is going to order the Winnie the Pooh coin (or any other product) from The Royal Mint, I have just received a smoke signal from my anonymous source in Mongolia to inform me that this code gives free postage: PST121
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on October 01, 2020, 10:01:40 PM
Oh? I thought Egypt is one of the countries were banknotes are much prefered to coins, and thus coins are very rarely used (and minted).  ???

I do not know what the current situation is on the use of cash in Egypt. I do know however that around a year ago there was as a private meeting between the Finance Minister of Egypt and a delegation of The Royal Mint, in Washington to discuss boosting bilateral cooperation in the area of coin minting. So I guess coins still have some importance there.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on October 07, 2020, 05:58:14 PM
The Royal Mint is considering to release the 2020-dated Team GB 50p coin also loose in a BU pack that will be released in December.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on October 07, 2020, 07:50:00 PM
The Royal Mint is considering to release the 2020-dated Team GB 50p coin also loose in a BU pack that will be released in December.

Think of the poor souls who have bought one at a grossly inflated price on ebay! ;D
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on October 17, 2020, 09:48:47 AM
The Diversity Built Britain coin will be released into circulation this Monday. 2.5 million pieces will enter general circulation. Sunak must have been very eager. It is the first coin in a series with this theme.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on October 17, 2020, 11:06:52 AM
The Diversity Built Britain coin will be released into circulation this Monday. 2.5 million pieces will enter general circulation. Sunak must have been very eager. It is the first coin in a series with this theme.

Just had to check the date, make sure it wasn't April 1st.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on October 17, 2020, 11:48:56 AM
The Diversity Built Britain coin will be released into circulation this Monday. 2.5 million pieces will enter general circulation. Sunak must have been very eager. It is the first coin in a series with this theme.

I like this simplistic design as an initiator for a series on our history and heritage. There will probably be many who won't agree with me.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Figleaf on October 17, 2020, 02:03:57 PM
It's important to read Dominique Evans' explanation of the design here (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,49110.msg311918.html#msg311918) to understand the relation between the text and the dome. That is also the weakness of the design. It needs an explanation. Its strength is - apart from its simplicity, which I find a virtue on a coin - not using all the too obvious symbols, from oaks to grinning heads without a mask and extended hand holding.

Peter
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on October 17, 2020, 05:49:49 PM
Not sure I’m too keen on this coin.  “Diversity” covers everyone, so the statement on the coin is effectively “People Built Britain”.  Well, what do you know?!  There now seems to be some confusion as to what diversity means - it certainly doesn’t just mean ethnic diversity.  I would choose to see it as representing, say, women, LGBTQ+ people, people with physical disabilities, those with mental health problems and older people (have I missed any minority?) along with the only type of people not seen as a minority or disadvantaged group, namely white, middle class, heterosexual men with no physical or mental disabilities and not too old.

It just seems too much of a knee-jerk reaction to me.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: augsburger on October 18, 2020, 11:29:31 AM
I like this simplistic design as an initiator for a series on our history and heritage. There will probably be many who won't agree with me.

The biggest problem I have with this is that, yes, Britain was built on diversity. Mostly at the expense of those people in the British Empire who suffered so Britain could get rich.

I'm not sure what the coin is supposed to achieve. It doesn't really celebrate anything much at all, but seems to be some kind of political attempt at telling people that they're a diverse country. This will just aggravate those who do not want mass immigration but get told by the hard core left that it must happen, they must be tolerant and they must do what they're told. Which in the end won't help diversity at all.

Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Figleaf on October 18, 2020, 12:59:24 PM
I see the above discussion as a civilised version of the "Black lives matter" discussion in the US. The right's retorts, "Blue lives matter" and "All lives matter" indeed show that the slogan is wrong. It should have been "Black lives matter ALSO". It's not about excluding white, middle class, heterosexual men but about including minorities on the same level as the rest. That's common sense and not about politics or immigration but about morality and ethics.

It's the same with the coin design. The text DIVERSITY is not about exclusion, but about inclusion. The lines that form the dome are equally long (taking perspective into account) for a reason the designer explained. The concept is not about politics and immigration but about discrimination. It is obvious that in the UK, policemen do not have a highly disturbing tendency to murder minority people. It is just as obvious that it is wrong to think that the UK is the only country where people don't have to be reminded that minorities matter also.

Peter
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: chrisild on October 19, 2020, 12:05:13 AM
I see the above discussion as a civilised version of the "Black lives matter" discussion in the US. The right's retorts, "Blue lives matter" and "All lives matter" indeed show that the slogan is wrong.

Is it? Depends on who says it. A while ago I read about a study that dealt with refugees (primarily unaccompanied minors), with the title "I am human". Obviously that was not meant in the sense of "... and you are not". ;)  Similarly, if a group of people frequently experience that their lives do not matter quite as much as others, they have every right to say "our lives matter".

But I agree, the theme and design of this coin is not about one group only, but about the idea that people from various ethnic (and other) backgrounds built and are building the country, together. I would have preferred the present tense on the coin, but this version works too ...

Christian
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on October 23, 2020, 01:13:45 PM
The Royal Mint has had to cancel a significant amount of orders for the coins in the Winnie the Pooh 50p series. The orders were of people who live outside of the UK. They have allegedly had to take this action following a complaint of Disney. The licensing agreement between The Royal Mint and Disney does not allow them to sell the coins to clients who live in (certain?) countries outside of the UK. Orders by people who live in the crown dependencies have been cancelled too. It appears that The Royal Mint is only allowed to sell the products to customers who live in the UK itself.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on October 27, 2020, 08:13:24 PM
The first Diversity 50p's have now been found in circulation.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on November 01, 2020, 10:22:27 AM
The Royal Mint is again going to issue a Snowman 50p coin this year. The coin will depict the Snowman and the boy.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on November 02, 2020, 10:38:09 AM
The Royal Mint is again going to issue a Snowman 50p coin this year. The coin will depict the Snowman and the boy.

If it is the 2019 Snowman & Boy design, then I think I am right in saying that it will be the first time the RM has repeated an existing design for an unlimited issue.
Previous repeated commemorative designs - the 40th and 50th 50p anniversary sets, the 2009 London Olympics Blue Peter Athletics issue and the 2018 Isaac Newton SYO coin – had a limited issue.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: quaziright on November 02, 2020, 01:33:28 PM
Isn’t the 10pence alphabet series repeated with the same design in 2019 as struck in 2018? Unlike Australia which will strike a new design series for 2021 distinctly different from 2020
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Deeman on November 02, 2020, 02:12:43 PM
Isn’t the 10pence alphabet series repeated with the same design in 2019 as struck in 2018? Unlike Australia which will strike a new design series for 2021 distinctly different from 2020

You are quite right quaziright. My focus was on the 50p & £2 commemoratives.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on November 13, 2020, 10:08:08 PM
The Christmas 50p will be released on December 1.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on November 25, 2020, 09:31:20 PM
The Christmas 50p will be released on December 1.

The issuance of this coin has possibly been postponed.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: eurocoin on November 28, 2020, 12:03:39 PM
The design of the 2020-dated Christmas 50p.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=104566;image)
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: Alan71 on November 28, 2020, 12:23:47 PM
Nice design.  Presumably snowmen can’t catch COVID-19 so not breaking any rules, though I hope the hat, scarf and nose have been thoroughly sanitised before they made him.
Title: Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
Post by: kena on November 28, 2020, 01:43:15 PM
and a prize draw for this 50 pence coin - https://www.royalmint.com/competitions/christmas-2020-prize-draw/?

and now the link has been removed.