01 January 2017
The Royal Mint has unveiled the new coin designs for 2017 with the new £1 coin amongst the highlights for coin collectors to look forward to
The Royal Mint has unveiled the new coin designs for 2017 – with a strong pioneering theme linking them all.
These are the themes that will not only appear in circulation in pockets and purses in the UK, but will also be available in annual coin sets in precious metal and base proof finishes. The sets will also feature the definitive coins, and two commemorative £5 coins that reflect on our royal history.
- The 1000th Anniversary of the Coronation of King Canute 2017 UK £5 Coin - Viking Conqueror, English King
- The Centenary of The House of Windsor 2017 UK £5 Coin - a Century of Royal Service
- The 2017 UK £1 Coin
- The 200th Anniversary of the Death of Jane Austen 2017 UK £2 Coin - A Revolutionary Romantic
- The First World War Aviation 2017 UK £2 Coin - Before, Beyond, Above
- The Sir Isaac Newton 2017 UK 50p Coin - The Pursuit of Truth
The headliner for 2017 is undoubtedly the new bi-metal 12-sided £1 coin.
It incorporates ground-breaking technology and security features developed by The Royal Mint’s in-house team, and will be the most secure coin in the world when it makes its way into the nation’s pockets in March 2017.
Its design, by David Pearce, features the flora of the four nations of the UK emerging from a coronet.
The First World War Aviation £2 coin remembers The Royal Flying Corps and its contribution to the defence of Britain’s skies in the First World War using new aircraft technology.
The Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin marks the achievements of one-time Master of The Royal Mint, Sir Isaac Newton, who was pivotal in improving assaying techniques and refining weights and measures to an exacting standard never seen before, as well as undertaking pioneering work in the fields of physics and astronomy for which he is more widely known.
One of the two £5 coins in this years’ sets celebrates the House of Windsor – it is a century since our royal family changed their name to Windsor during the First World War.
The second £5 marks 1,000 years since the coronation of King Canute, the Viking Warrior who became the first King of a unified England. It is the first time that a 1,000 year anniversary has been celebrated on a Royal Mint coin.