UK commemorative themes for 2016

Started by <k>, October 18, 2015, 04:17:19 PM

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50 pence.

'For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription "· ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE", and for the reverse a design showing the scene from the Bayeux tapestry depicting King Harold with an arrow in his eye accompanied by the inscription "BATTLE OF HASTINGS 1066" and the date of the year. The coins shall have a plain edge'.

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2418139




ONE POUND.

The design of the said one pound coins shall be as follows:

'For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription "· ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016", and for the reverse a depiction of a lion, unicorn, stag and a dragon surrounding a crown accompanied by the denomination "ONE POUND". The coins shall have a graining upon the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "DECUS ET TUTAMEN".

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2418748




TWO POUND COINS.

The designs of the said coins shall be as follows:

'For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription either "· ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·", or "· ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF", and for the reverse either:

(a) a view across the River Thames of the City of London in flames with boats fleeing the burning city with the inscription " 1666 THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON 2016 ". The said coin will have graining on the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "THE WHOLE CITY IN DREADFUL FLAMES", save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge;

(b) a stylised silhouette of the heads of three soldiers and references the English cubism movement prevalent around the time of the First World War with the inscription "THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918", and the date of the year. The said coin will have graining on the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "FOR KING AND COUNTRY", save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge;

(c) a dagger through a crown accompanied by the inscription "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 2016". The said coin will have graining on the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "THE HOLLOW CROWN", save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge;

(d) a cap and bells with a jester's stick accompanied by the inscription "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 2016". The said coin will have graining on the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE", save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge; or

(e) a skull next to a rose accompanied by the inscription "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 2016". The said coin will have graining on the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS A MAN", save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge.'

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2418760




FIVE POUND COIN.

THE NINETIETH BIRTHDAY OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ELIZABETH R.

The design of the said coins shall be as follows:

'For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription "· ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2016 ", and for the reverse a crowned Royal Cypher above the number "90" encircled by roses. The coins will have a grained edge, except for the platinum, gold and silver coin which will have a plain edge and in incuse letters the inscription "FULL OF HONOUR AND YEARS".

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2418128
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andyg

always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

<k>

Quote from: andyg on October 18, 2015, 09:21:07 PM
five 2 pound coins???

It's  rather excessive. Shakespeare gets three coins. Better to have put him on the large five pound coin and fitted all three themes onto it.
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Pabitra

Going to be good year for bimetallic collectors.

augsburger

Do you think it might be that Shakespeare gets one coin and they haven't decided yet, so get law on all of them?

Or is it going to be three coins? This hasn't been done before, and suggests a worrying trend of pumping out coins like nobody's business.

Bimat

Quote from: Pabitra on October 19, 2015, 03:19:40 AM
Going to be good year for bimetallic collectors.

Good but expensive! ;)

Quote from: <k> on October 18, 2015, 09:46:50 PM
It's  rather excessive. Shakespeare gets three coins. Better to have put him on the large five pound coin and fitted all three themes onto it.

Or a £100 coin? :D

Aditya
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.

Pabitra

Aditya,
Had it been Indian mint, they would have made 3X2 = 6 Pounds coin for Shakespeare 😄

Pabitra

By the way, <k>, why is 2016 being specially commemorated for Shakespeare?

Jostein

Quote from: <k> on October 18, 2015, 04:17:19 PM
TWO POUND COINS.

The designs of the said coins shall be as follows:

'For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription either "· ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·", or "· ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · FID · DEF", and for the reverse either:

(a) a view across the River Thames of the City of London in flames with boats fleeing the burning city with the inscription " 1666 THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON 2016 ". The said coin will have graining on the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "THE WHOLE CITY IN DREADFUL FLAMES", save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge;

(b) a stylised silhouette of the heads of three soldiers and references the English cubism movement prevalent around the time of the First World War with the inscription "THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918", and the date of the year. The said coin will have graining on the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "FOR KING AND COUNTRY", save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge;

(c) a dagger through a crown accompanied by the inscription "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 2016". The said coin will have graining on the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "THE HOLLOW CROWN", save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge;

(d) a cap and bells with a jester's stick accompanied by the inscription "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 2016". The said coin will have graining on the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE", save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge; or

(e) a skull next to a rose accompanied by the inscription "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 2016". The said coin will have graining on the edge and in incuse letters the inscription "WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS A MAN", save for the gold coin where the incuse letters will be accompanied by a plain edge.'

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/2418760

:o OMG! 5+1 2 pounds coins to collect in 2016...
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future" - John F. Kennedy

http://www.bimetallic-coins.com

<k>

Quote from: Pabitra on October 19, 2015, 08:49:22 AM
By the way, <k>, why is 2016 being specially commemorated for Shakespeare?

He died in 1616.
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augsburger

Let's celebrate him dying, woohooo  ;D

I'm from Stratford, and my dad worked next door to his birthplace until I was 18. We used to get annoyed with all the tourists, especially the French kids, but loads of Japanese taking photos and stuff. Of course, he made the economy of the town stable though.

Pabitra

One of the purpose of issuing commemorative coins is to enlighten the common man about his heritage, heroes and history.
That purpose would be served better if at least one of the coin indicates that it is 400 year of death of Shakespeare.

Alan71

This is getting ridiculous now.  Five £2 coins in a year is too many, especially at the hugely inflated prices the Royal Mint sell sets at.  Probably an excuse to increase the price of the brilliant uncirculated year set from £50 to £100.  I exaggerate there but probably at least £60.  As the old saying goes (or went), less is more.  The commemoratives we got in the 1990s and even into the 2000s were more memorable as there were fewer of them.

FosseWay

Three coins for Shakespeare is probably a bit much, but apart from that I think that Shakespeare is a fitting topic for commemoration on the coinage and that he should be commemorated on a proper coin, not a "£5" medallion. The anniversary of his death is at least a round number (400 years); that applies neither to the Battle of Hastings nor the Great Fire of London. Save them till 2066; 350 and 950 are hardly significant anniversaries.

OK, nothing much apart from Shakespeare's death has happened in xx16 that is significant to the UK or its constituents for centuries (nothing positive anyway - I could mention the Easter Rising but I suspect Ireland has that covered). So what? Have a year with only one commemorative. Civilisation won't implode.

(When was the last year in which UK coinage contained no commemorative at all? Not this century, certainly. I make it 1997 if you don't count non-circulating £5 and £2 coins, 1991 if you do.)

Bimat

Just wondering what would be the price of proof set next year! £150 may be?

Aditya
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.