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UK commemorative coins for 2023

Started by eurocoin, June 11, 2022, 09:39:07 AM

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Thank you, Deeman for a bit of background for those of us who are neither British, nor inclined to research what these issues are about.

With what I learned, I'd say the 75th birthday issue is dictated by tradition. Jenner's achievements and him being British make the issue understandable on sight. BTW, someone should add this coin to the scientists on coins thread.

The NHS and Windrush issues become understandable on study and placing them in today's political context. It wouldn't do to go there on this board, but I'd be happy to wax on both subjects elsewhere.

The other issues are not of sufficient national interest and can be explained only by the long series of coloured pieces, National Trust souvenir shop style children's books pictures in metal, supremely boring super-long series of issues for Olympic games and other sports extravaganzas and pre-ordained "Christmas gifts" that have a commercial significance only. They are not even the worst of those, but that is not difficult.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


Quote from: Alan71 on January 06, 2023, 04:36:20 PMIs this the first time a commemorative coin has been available as a Strike-Your-Own weeks before it's otherwise available?

A good friend of mine that I asked about this, adviced me that it is in any case not the first time that an SYO is a coin is that is not yet otherwise available. Now, whether it is the first time there is *weeks* between it, I do not know.


Flying Scotsman with apple green livery.


The last £2 coins to feature colour were the 2002 Commonwealth Games silver proof piedfort set.


The Royal Mint will issue a commemorative 50 pence coin for the coronation. The coin will depict the Royal Cypher set against a depiction of a section of the exterior of Westminster Abbey. There will also be a variant of the coin, likely with a different obverse portrait.


Quote from: eurocoin on March 11, 2023, 07:48:56 PMThere will also be a variant of the coin, likely with a different obverse portrait.

Charles with Camilla maybe, or possibly Charles wearing crown?


5 million pieces of the Coronation 50p with the uncrowned obverse portrait will be released into general circulation. The coronation 50p with the crowned obverse portrait will not be minted for general circulation.





The Royal Mint is soon going to issue a series of commemorative 50p coins for Star Wars.


New releases can now be announced:

50 pence Star Wars - R2-D2 and C-3PO
50 pence Star Wars - Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine
50 pence Star Wars - Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia
50 pence Star Wars - Han Solo and Chewbacca

2 pounds Ada Lovelace

5 pounds The Police
5 pounds Dame Shirley Bassey


Further coins that will be released this year:

50 pence The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
50 pence The snowman

5 pounds Mary Seacole
5 pounds Robin Hood (Myths and legends series)


The Mary Seacole coin is a very deserving issue.

Mary Jane Seacole (nee Grant) was a British-Jamaican woman who devoted her life to learning about medicine and caring for others. Seacole's offer to volunteer as a nurse in the war met with racism and refusal. On hearing news of British soldiers going off to Russia to fight in the bloody battles of the Crimean War, she wanted to help and went to the War Office in London requesting to join Florence Nightingale and her team of nurses treating wounded and sick soldiers. Sadly, Mary was turned down.

Undaunted, she embarked on a self-funded trip in Jan 1855. She set up a 'British Hotel' behind the Crimean War frontlines, working between there and the battlefield to treat the wounded. Seacole's 'hotel' was a great success, supplying British military personnel with food, drink and domestic comforts. 'Mother Seacole', as she was known, was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and get involved, even serving as a chef. A lot of nurses did invaluable work looking after the soldiers in the Crimean War, but Mary went a step further, and did something incredibly brave - she rode on horseback into the battlefields, even when under fire, to nurse wounded men from both sides of the war. She was awarded the British Crimean Medal for her services.

No stranger to hardship, Seacole faced destitution following the war, but service personnel stepped in to raise money to support her, enabling her to go on and publish her memoirs, The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands, in 1857 - an autobiography of a Jamaican woman whose fame rivalled Florence Nightingale's. A witness to key battles, she gives vivid accounts of how she coped with disease, bombardment and other hardships at the Crimean battlefront. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit, and in 2004 she was voted the greatest black Briton.

In 2016 a memorial statue was unveiled, standing opposite the Houses of Parliament in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital.

Mary Seacole.jpg


What is the British connection with Star Wars?
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.


Quote from: <k> on June 16, 2023, 03:36:45 PMWhat is the British connection with Star Wars?

A. Some of the actors are British.
B. Who cares, those coins will sell.

(Actually both A and B are correct.)


Quote from: <k> on June 16, 2023, 03:36:45 PMWhat is the British connection with Star Wars?
It was partially filmed at Elstree.  Other films used Leavesden Film Studios in South East England and Pinewood Studios.  All nine of the main films have used UK film studios.

Aside from location filming, only British and Australian film studios have ever been used.  Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia, and Ealing, Elstree, Leavesdon, Pinewood and Shepperton Studios (all in England).

Additionally Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and David Prowse (the body of Darth Vader, but not the voice) were/are British, as were many supporting actors such as Sir Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing.

However, I'm not sure the British links are strong enough to justify a UK coin series.  It's still a very American film franchise.


Oh yes, David Prowse: the Green Cross Man, when you were just a child.

And there's Colin Higgins, who got the sack after one scene. He used to turn up occasionally in "Paul Merton: the Series" (British TV comedy sketch show).
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.