First Look: The Royal Mint UK 2019 Commemorative Coins

Each year, The Royal Mint marks important British anniversaries, events or accomplishments on our coins and today we are delighted to reveal the UK’s new coin designs for 2019.

Scroll down for a first look at all five of the brand new designs…

The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Victoria £5

After ascending to the throne in 1838 Queen Victoria’s reign became the longest reign of a British monarch at the time. She oversaw a time of great change and expansion of the British Empire. This £5 coin has been issued to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of her birth and depicts some of the momentous changes in the British Empire witnessed under her rule, including advances in the industrial revolution due to the power of steam and the invention of the telephone and penny-farthing bicycle.

The 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings £2

On 6th June 1944 the largest seaborne invasion in history took place. The operation began the liberation of German occupied France during World War II, and D-Day, as it came to be known, laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front. This £2 coin has been issued to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings and its success which paved the way for the surrender of Nazi Germany. The coin features the 5 beaches codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, where the invasion took place.

The 350th Anniversary of Samuel Pepys’ Last Diary Entry £2

Samuel Pepys is recognised as the most famous diarist who ever lived, providing valuable first-hand accounts of life in 17th century London and the English Restoration period. His private diary, which he kept from 1660-1669, also provides important eyewitness accounts of landmark events in British history, including the Great Plague of London and the Great Fire of London. This £2 coin has been issued to mark 350 years since Pepys’ last diary entry and features one of his famous diary excerpts written in shorthand.

The 260th Anniversary of the Formation of Wedgwood £2

After Josiah Wedgwood founded the company in 1759, Wedgwood quickly became a pioneer for British pottery, taking it from a craft to an international industry. Largely taking inspiration from ancient cultures and mythologies the company was responsible for creating the ceramic bodies Queen’s Ware (1762), Black Basalt (1768) and Jasper Ware (1774) which remain famous today. This £2 coin has been specially designed by the Wedgwood designers to celebrate 260 years since the establishment of the company.

The 160th Anniversary of the Birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 50p

The prolific writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for his incredibly popular detective stories featuring the fictional Sherlock Holmes. It is said his works revolutionised the crime genre, and despite Doyle sharing an ambivalent relationship with his famous character, Holmes appeared in 4 novels and 56 short stories, resulting in Doyle becoming one of the best-paid authors of the time. This 50p coin has been issued to mark 160 years since the renowned author’s birth, and features his iconic character Sherlock Holmes.

All of these designs are stunning and there’s no doubt that these coins will only become more desirable in the years to come.

Let us know in the comments which coin is your favourite!

If you’re interested…

You can secure the brand new 2019 coins in the Brilliant Uncirculated coin pack.
Each coin has been struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated finish and is ready to display in an informative presentation pack. This pack features the definitive circulating coins and 5 new commemorative coins issued for 2019.

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  1. Geoff Warner on January 1, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Wow, and I bought 2018 was exceptional, especially the total surprise of the alphabet coins, but 2019 looks to be a year of more special coins, bringing back huge memories.

  2. Edna Kirk on January 1, 2019 at 8:43 am

    As a collector of 50p coins I like the Sherlock Holmes coin best.

  3. david ings on January 1, 2019 at 8:37 am

    The coins i really am interested in are the royal mint new 2019 queen victoria, wedgewood, dambusters and most of all the sherlock holmes definitely if i can them all thanks

  4. Phillip rynsard on January 1, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Very good ,are there any other new 50p for this year cheers.

    • Robin Parkes on January 18, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Hi Phillip, you’ll have to keep your eye on for all the latest news! Thanks, Robin.

  5. John Evans on January 1, 2019 at 6:24 am

    All lovely designs but I especially like the Pepys and the Holmes

  6. Roger Charlesworth on January 1, 2019 at 6:14 am

    “Each coin has been struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated finish”. This statement has become the trademark of Westminster/ Channgechecker and it infuriates me more and more each time I read it. As far as I know, coins are either struck as circulation quality or proof quality. Given that the “first strike” of the circulation bunch may be marginally better than coins struck 1million later, there is no other strike quality: there is NO superior because there is NOTHING to be superior to, unless it be superior to a circulated coin but then it would not be BUNC any longer would it? Your use of the word “superior” is tautologous, unnecessary, redundant, and confusing and my advice would be to discontinue using it.

  7. mr p j measures on January 1, 2019 at 5:40 am

    only collect 50 pence coins

  8. John Wilson on January 1, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Looks like an exciting new range look forward to adding them to my collection.

  9. Russell Morse on January 1, 2019 at 1:34 am

    No option of buying £2 and 50p commemorative coins on there own yet?

  10. Anthony Jennings-Temple on January 1, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Interested in them all. Chances of getting them though……😣😣😣

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