29 December 2021
The Royal Mint has unveiled five new coin designs for 2022 including a 50p and a £5 crown in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The 2022 Annual Set will commemorate:
- the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen on a 50p and a £5 coin
- the lives of Dame Vera Lynn and Alexander Graham Bell, respectively, on two new £2 coins
- the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on a 50p design
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of the Consumer Division at The Royal Mint said:
“Each year The Royal Mint unveils a series of commemorative coins to celebrate key milestones that helped shape Britain and this year’s Annual Set is particularly special with a new 50 pence, £5 crown and special platinum set in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“As the Original Maker of UK coins, The Royal Mint has been trusted to strike coins for Her Majesty throughout an historic 70 years on the throne and celebrated royal milestones such as previous Jubilees on commemorative crown pieces. The Platinum Jubilee celebration is a spectacular first for the British monarchy and for UK coin, and it is fitting that this historic anniversary has been celebrated on 50 pence – which is Britain’s most loved collectable coin.”
50p coins for BBC, Pride and Alan Turing
Meanwhile, Royal Proclamations have revealed additional coins set to be issued this year. New 50p coins will be issued to mark the centenary of the BBC; the fiftieth anniversary of Pride, the annual event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community; and to celebrate the life and achievements of Alan Turing, the mathematician who was instrumental in the code-breaking work during the Second World War and who already appears on the £50 banknote. The remaining three 50p coins in the Winnie the Pooh series will also be issued.
The 25th anniversary of the £2 coin, first issued in 1997, will be celebrated with the reissue of a number of popular £2 coin designs, each with the new inscription: ‘CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE £2’. Designs to be reissued include Brunel (originally issued in 2006), Florence Nightingale (2010), and Charles Darwin (2009).
Two new £5 coins are set to be issued in 2022, marking the fortieth birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William), and the 120th anniversary of Peter Rabbit, the seventh time the Beatrix Potter character has appeared on British coins since 2016.