2021 £5 Coins

Started by Deeman, September 01, 2020, 11:43:05 AM

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Queen's Beasts ensemble just released. An impressive design.


Quite possibly the last design of Jody Clark for The Royal Mint.



Proclamation published 30 April for £5 cupro-nickel coin:

The Who:
'For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription "· ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·" and the date of the year, and for the reverse a depiction of a guitar shaped pinball machine accompanied by the inscription "THE WHO". The coin shall have a grained edge.'


'The Who' commemorative just released.

Clever design based on 'Pinball Wizard' released 1969.

"Ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball
From Soho down to Brighton, I must've played 'em all
But I ain't seen nothin' like him in any amusement hall
That deaf, dumb, and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball"


The following was posted onto the Check Your Change, UK Decimal Coins info, swap and trade Facebook group page today saying the Royal Mint will release new £5 coins....

Alice in wonderland
Alice and the Cheshire Cat sat in a tree accompanied by the

Alice and the characters Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the

Churchill & Roosevelt
Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in front of the flags of the United States of
America and the United Kingdom accompanied by the inscription "UNITED STATES -

Remembrance coin
Four poppies accompanied by the inscription "AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN & IN THE

Can anyone confirm these coins and if they will be released in 2021.


Yes, the information is correct. It is expected that all of them will still be released this year.


There seems to be an increased output on the issue of £5 coins. Are RM losing interest in 50p and £2 pieces, other than what is included in their annual pack?


Quote from: Deeman on June 01, 2021, 11:52:38 AM
There seems to be an increased output on the issue of £5 coins. Are RM losing interest in 50p and £2 pieces, other than what is included in their annual pack?

£5 coins are more profitable - they can be sold for proportionately more than proof etc. 50p or £2 coins, over and above the difference in seignorage, which is also obviously greater.

One characteristic of 50p and £2 coins is that they are actively used in circulation, thus creating a familiarity and interest that is absent for £5 coins. The interest in presentation versions of 50p and £2 coins that derives from people's familiarity with them in daily use may well be enough to more than cancel out the lower revenue per piece compared to packaged £5 coins.

At least that could have been the theory until covid and the rise of electronic payment. If all coins are equally unusual in people's lives, or at least if all commemorative 50p and £2 coins are as absent from daily life as £5 coins are, then the advantages of familiarity with 50ps and £2s disappear, but the lower revenue stays. So the Mint concentrates on higher "denominations" instead.


In addition to what was mentioned above, I think the larger size of the £5 coin is also factor since it is 38.6 mm in size while the other coins are smaller in size (27.5 mm for 50 pence coin and 28.4 mm for the £2 coin).

i recall previous discussions in various forums/Facebook groups that if a design was done on a larger coin, it might have turned out better.

Anyways, as long as folks buy the £5 coins, they will continue to sell them.


I am richer for their change in emphasis.


Alice's adventures. Issue limit 15,000.



In May of this year, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave permission for the issuance of a copper-nickel 5 pound coin to commemorate the special relationship between the UK and the US. The coin was going to feature the portraits of Roosevelt and Churchill with the flags of both countries in the background. Furthermore versions in precious metals with denominations of 2 pounds (silver) and 25 pounds (gold) were planned. Myself, I had already forgotten about this release, but forum member kena did notice that the coin appeared to have not been issued by The Royal Mint. He recently contacted me about this. Subsequently, I asked around but nobody appeared to know what was going on. So I asked a higher-up contact at The Royal Mint, who was so kind to refer the question to their Director of Commmemorative Coin.

He informed me that the copper-nickel 5 pound version was not issued after all. He stated no reason for this. The versions in precious metals were however produced. These were minted exclusively for the Patriot Gold Group in the US. An image of the piece can be seen above. It was designed by artist David Lawrence. It is not the first time that UK coins are not being sold to collectors by The Royal Mint itself. Earlier certain coins were for example sold exclusively by respectively the Royal Dutch Mint, the Westminster Collection and a distributor in Asia.


Thank you for your efforts in finding out the information about special relationship coin.  Sadly the results were disappointing.

Wasn't the clad 2018 UK Royal Academy of Arts £5 exclusive to Westminster Collection?

2019 Year of the Pig Privy Mark silver bullion Britannia coin appears to be another item which was sold to some US company.

What other coins were not sold to collectors?


That is correct. The copper-nickel UK 5 pound 2018 Royal Academy coin was indeed sold exclusively by the Westminster Collection. The silver UK 1 pound 2020 VE-Day coin was sold exclusively by the Royal Dutch Mint. It can be seen here. And then there is the gold UK 25 pounds 2016 Peter Rabbit that was minted for the company Miura Japan. It can be seen here. The Royal Mint has been minting exclusive coins for that company since the mid-1990's. It mainly puts the coins in mounts for necklaces and sells them as jewellery. This was, as far as I know, the only UK coin that was minted exclusively for them.