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What next for UK circulation commemoratives?

Started by <k>, June 30, 2022, 02:47:35 PM

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In 1992 Canada issued a series of 12 circulating 25 cents coins. Each coin carried a different design on the reverse, which depicted a scene from one of Canada's provinces or territories at that time. The USA copied the idea for its "quarters" from 1999 onward.

Several years later, the UK finally produced a large series of 50 pence coins to commemorate the UK  Olympics of 2012. In 2018 the UK produced a series of alphabet 10 pence coins, though I have never seen any of these in circulation. The alphabet idea was copied by Australia in 2019 and 2021. Hungary produced a smaller set, commemorating the 5th anniversary of the introduction of the forint, with a different letter of the word FORINT used on each of six different 50 forint coins.

Canada produced a full set of circulation coins to commemorate the Centenary of Canadian Confederation in 1967, and another set in 2017 to commemorate its 150th anniversary. Australia issued a coin series in 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of decimal currency, though the $1 and $2 coins were only available as collector coins in sets. Now that the UK produces commemorative coins galore, might we Brits expect a full one-off circulation set in the near future? And if so, what would it commemorate?
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<k>

It's clear, of course, that the next few years will bring a new reign in the UK. Would King Charles authorise a one-off circulation coin set for his coronation? Or would he choose a more personal theme? He is known to be rather eccentric, so which theme might he choose? "Cuckoo clocks through the ages", perhaps? It's anyone's guess.  :-\
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<k>

I notice also that Guernsey has issued a series of non-circulating 10 pence coins in 2021 and 2022. The designs depicts British wildlife. Given that wildlife is a popular theme with collectors, how long will it be before the UK issues wildlife-themed coins? To date, we have seen the face of a chimpanzee alongside that of Charles Darwin on the 2 pound coin of 2009, but that is hardly a true wildlife theme. Interestingly, a hummingbird was depicted on the Bank of England 20 pound note of 2000 to 2016 that featured Charles Darwin.
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Offa

In 7 years time it is the bi centenary of the Rainhill locomotive trials which paved the way for modern rail travel around the world. I have sent a set of designs for £2 coins to the mint containing an image of each locomotive taking part in the trials and one with the text "the train now leaving Rainhill will call at stations around the world.
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<k>

Quote from: Offa on July 01, 2022, 12:33:44 PMIn 7 years time it is the bi centenary of the Rainhill locomotive trials which paved the way for modern rail travel around the world. I have sent a set of designs for £2 coins to the mint containing an image of each locomotive taking part in the trials and one with the text "the train now leaving Rainhill will call at stations around the world.

That would be a fine theme to choose. England has given so much to the world. Maybe even a collector set of trains old and modern, on the 1 penny to 2 pound coins, would be a novelty.
Visit the website of The Royal Mint Museum.

See: The Royal Mint Museum.