The Royal Mint issues UK's first ever £100 for £100 commemorative coin

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05 January 2015
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imports_CCGB_big-ben-100-for-100-obverse_01213.jpg The Royal Mint issues UK's first ever £100 for £100 commemorative coin
The Royal Mint has issued details of its first ever £100 for £100 UK commemorative coin, which features an image of Big Ben in London. ...
The Royal Mint has issued details of its first ever £100 for £100 UK commemorative coin, which features an image of Big Ben in London.

The £100 face value coin contains 2oz of silver and will be made available in a limited edition of 50,000 at a price of £100. The coin features an image of the Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, created by The Royal Mint's engraver Glyn Davies. Big Ben is an iconic symbol both of London and of the New Year, with Big Ben providing a focus for British celebrations with millions of people watching the clock ring in a new year.

Glyn Davies said of the coin's design: 'We visited London and it struck us that it’s never possible to get an uninterrupted view of the clock tower without it being obscured in some way by the weather, other tourists or even its own location.' Glyn decided to present the tower as seen in an upward-looking view, from street level, as it is seen by the majority of visitors.

The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin, Bullion and Medals, Shane Bissett said: 'The sound of Big Ben chiming in the Elizabeth Tower is one that will have become synonymous with Britain for millions of British citizens and tourists alike, particularly on New Year’s Eve when the world listens for Big Ben, which marks Greenwich Mean Time, to chime in the New Year. So it is a fitting choice for the nation’s first £100 for £100 coin, and this is a fitting time for us to reveal it.'

£100 for £100 commemorative coin details

Denomination: £100
Maximum mintage: 50,000
Metal: 999 Fine Silver
Weight: 62.86g
Diameter: 40mm
Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Reverse designers: Glyn Davies & Laura Clancy

To purchase the coin, visit The Royal Mint's website.

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