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What’s your coin of the year?

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We have selected our top ten shortlist of the most popular coin designs of the year – which one is your favourite?

Cast your vote now using the poll at the bottom of the page.

A) The Jersey 2014 70th Anniversary of D-Day £5

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Celebrating 70 years since the heroics of D-Day, this £5 coin from Jersey depicted a soldier landing on the beaches during the epic conflict.

B) The Canada 2014 Royal Generations 1oz Silver Coin

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For the first time ever, four generations of the Royal Family were engraved on this Canadian $20 coin. Also of note is the fact that the coin shows the direct line of succession for the throne.

C) The Jersey 2014 ‘100 Poppies’ £5 Coin

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Issued in support of the Royal British Legion, this coin grabbed the headlines with its 100 engraved poppies, one for each year since the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

E) The Guernsey 2014 First World War Centenary £5 Coin

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Issued to commemorate the Centenary of World War I, this emotive coin from Guernsey features lines from Laurence Binyon’s famous poem ‘For the Fallen’ alongside a uniformed soldier.

F) The UK 2014 Commonwealth Games 50p

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In July the Commonwealth Games was held in Glasgow – and the nation really got behind ‘the friendly games.’ The Royal Mint issued this 50p featuring a runner and a cyclist alongside text in the ‘arts and crafts’ style.

G) The Cook Islands 2014 Moldavite Meteorite Impact Coin

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Surely one of the most innovative coins of the year – this remarkable concave coin features a real piece of Moldavite – a mineral created during a meteorite collision with the Earth millions of years ago.

H) The UK 2014 ‘Year of the Horse’ Silver Coin

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In 2014 the Royal Mint decided to copy the other established mints of the world and introduce a ‘lunar’ coin, principally for export to China. An unusual departure for our coinage, it’s nonetheless an energetic and lively depiction of a horse.

I) The Cook Islands 2014 Tyrannosaurus Rex Coin

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Containing a hidden secret, this photographic T-Rex coin reveals the skeleton of the dinosaur when a UV light is shone over the surface.

J) The Guernsey 2014 Reflections of a Reign Coronation Coin

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Looking back at some of the key moments of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, this Guernsey coin features an engraving of the young Queen, alongside a full colour photograph of her Coronation ceremony.

K) The UK 2014 Lord Kitchener £2 Coin

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One of the most talked about coins of the year, this British £2 coin reproduced the iconic ‘Your Country Needs You’ poster which symbolised the early years of the First World War.

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Royal Mint announces new coin themes for 2015

2015 is set to be something of a momentous year for coin collectors, with five significant anniversaries to be commemorated next year. They are:

£2 – The 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

2015 magna carta - Royal Mint announces new coin themes for 2015marks 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta – an agreement which forced King John to abide by the ancient laws and customs by which England had previously been governed. Literally translated as “Great Charter” it laid the foundations for modern democracy and the rights of English citizens. In fact, it is still cited in many legal cases to this day.

50p – 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britainbattle of britain - Royal Mint announces new coin themes for 2015

Perhaps surprisingly, this will be the first time that the Battle of Britain is commemorated on a United Kingdom coin. In the summer of 1940, Nazi Germany was advancing through Europe, but their failure to gain air superiority over the RAF in Britain was ultimately one of the turning points of the war.

£2 – 100th Anniversary of the First World War – Royal Navy

The second design in the series of First World War £2 coins pays tribute to the role of the Royal Navy. At the time, it was by far the most powerful navy in the world and was a major asset to Britain in defending coastal waters against the Germans.

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Also making its debut on United Kingdom coinage for 2015 is the Battle of Waterloo. Fought by the Duke of Wellington and his allied armies against Napoleon Bonaparte of France in 1815, it was a defining moment in European history – ending 20 years of conflict in the continent.

£5 – 50th Anniversary of the Death of Winston Churchill

churchill - Royal Mint announces new coin themes for 2015There are few Britons more worthy of commemoration than the wartime Prime Minister himself, Sir Winston Churchill. Following his death in 1965 he became the first person outside of the Royal family to be commemorated on a coin, and now, fifty years on, he is being honoured again on a new £5 coin.

Next year the Queen is due to become the longest reigning monarch in British history, and there will soon be a new portrait on our coins to honour her. With the final appearance of the long-standing effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS and five very noteworthy anniversaries, it already looks like 2015 will be a truly landmark year for coin collectors.

The story behind the new ‘100 Poppies’ coin

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The new ‘100 Poppies’ £5 Proof Coin issued on behalf of the Bailiwick of Jersey

On Friday 10th October the new ‘100 Poppies’ coin was released, and the distinctive design has been turning heads.

Commemorative coins have been issued in support of the Royal British Legion since 2008, some of them even struck in the famous poppy shape.  But this year’s coin is a little different.

100 Poppies for 100 years

As 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, digital artist Chris Lloyd wanted to subtly allude to the poignancy of the occasion.  He came up with countless designs, but nothing quite captured the moment in the way he wanted.

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Some of Chris’s ideas for the 2014 Poppy coin.

I asked Chris what gave him the inspiration to produce such a memorable coin after struggling for so long:

“It was only when I thought back to that moving part of the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance, when hundreds of poppies fall from the ceiling, that inspiration struck.  I decided that the best way to represent the centenary anniversary would be with 100 poppies, one for each year.  I even counted them by hand, marking each one, to make sure the right number are there!”

The only text on the obverse of the coin – ‘Lest we forget’ – taken from Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen – serves as a starkly poignant reminder.

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Chris Lloyd designing the new ‘100 Poppies’ £5 Proof Coin

A coin for everyone, proof, silver and gold

The new coins are being made available in a range of metals, to suit any collection.  From a Proof condition £5 coin, right up an impressive 22 Carat Gold edition, all of the limited edition coins are available now.

A donation is made from the sale of each coin to the Royal British Legion.  So those who secure their coins will know they own an important piece of history, and they’re helping the Legion provide financial, social and emotional support to all who have served and are currently serving in the British Armed Forces and their families.


Get your coin in time for Remembrance Day

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