Royal Proclamations issued on 8th November 2019 confirm that two icons of British culture will be honoured next year on UK coins – rock legends of the stage, Queen, and spy of the silver screen, James Bond.
It is unknown yet exactly when we will be able to snap up these new issues, but we do know the coins will be 2020 dated so we will be on the lookout from the New Year…
“I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend” – Freddie Mercury
And legends they did become. It’s safe to say renowned rock band Queen have been inspiring millions across the globe since they exploded on to the British music scene in 1970 – you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t recognise the opening rift of Another One Bites the Dust.
Known for hits such as We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody and Don’t Stop Me Now, Queen’s pioneering, creative and alternative approaches to music making proved to the world that music has no bounds.
Their status as icons in the British music industry was sealed in 1990 when they received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Following this they were then inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and in 2018 were presented with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
And now, their lasting legacy is going to be captured on a commemorative UK coin – the first band to ever feature on a UK coin!
The Royal Proclamation confirms there will be various specifications available, including a £5 base metal coin and a variety of precious metal versions. All coins will bear a design depicting a keyboard, drum, bass and electric guitar accompanied by a microphone and the inscription “QUEEN”. What’s more, a special two pound denomination silver coin will feature the edge inscription “MERCURY · MAY · TAYLOR · DEACON ·”
Bond, James Bond
Created by Ian Fleming in 1953, James Bond – or better known by his MI6 codename 007 – will be returning in the hotly-anticipated 25th Bond film that was revealed recently to be called No Time To Die.
The Bond franchise is the longest running film series of all time, grossing nearly $7 billion to date for its production company, Eon. Overall it has grown to become the fourth-highest-grossing film series ever, and has amassed five Academy Awards along the way too.
The secret agent has been portrayed by seven actors, and is perhaps best known for his suave manner, his penchant for martinis (shaken, not stirred) and the gadgets and cars supplied by Q branch.
Speaking of cars, the Royal Proclamation confirms the design of the Bond coin will feature the 007 logo and a depiction of his car – fingers crossed for a classic Aston Martin!
It also looks like this commemorative Bond coin will be issued in a variety of precious metal specifications. The smallest denomination will be a ten pound silver coin, with an impressive diameter of 65mm to truly appreciate what is sure to be a spectacular design.
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Both Queen and Bond have an unrivalled cult following with leagues of fans worldwide. So, I expect these new commemorative issues to be amongst the most anticipated new issues in 2020, and as such will be in high demand!
If you want to be kept up to date and be the first to know when these coins are available then simply register your interest below and we’ll email you as soon as we have more information.
This year, the Red Arrows will embark on a special display season – not only wowing crowds up and down the UK with their dynamic displays, but also painting the skies of North America red, white, and blue during their largest EVER tour of the US and Canada.
And in the run up to the first display over the pond,we wanted to find out all things Red Arrows from the team themselves and Squadron Leader Steve Morris, aka. Red 5, was only too happy to give us an extensive interview. Currently in his first season on his return to the team, Red 5 has told us how to become a Red Arrows pilot and what it’s really like to be part of the world renowned Red Arrows…
How long does it take to prepare the display and train to public display level?
We start our winter training in October, and the team’s development is like building blocks – we don’t display as a 9 straight away. We practice as 3 aircraft together, and then build up to 4, and then 5 – that’s ‘Enid’. Reds 6 through 9, the back 4, will be doing the same. It’s only in February that we’ll put the 2 sections together. So it takes 4 to 5 months before we’re there as a 9, and then another 2 and a bit months of us flying as 9 until we get up to the standard that we would expect to be for the display season.
What happens if one pilot is unable to take part in the display? Do you have reserve pilots?
We would display as an 8. The only caveat is if the Team Leader (Red 1) is unavailable, we can’t display. At some sites, Red 6, 7, 8 and 9 (the back 4) might go and do their second half performance where they do their hide speed passes, but we wouldn’t display as a 9. We practice as an 8 in case anyone is ever missing, and we try and keep it as symmetrical as possible.
‘we get to meet so many extraordinary people’
What’s the best thing about being a Red Arrow?
For me, it’s the ground interactions that you have with people. Earlier this year, when we were operating from Farnborough, we bumped into a 90-year old Dakota pilot who was there to be with his grandson, who is now a fast jet pilot, and he came over to us and had a cup of tea and a chat – we get to meet so many extraordinary people that you would never meet if you weren’t doing this job.
How does the Hawk T1 compare to other fast jets you’ve flown?
It’s a bit like a sports car, but think track-day kit car. There isn’t much on the inside in terms of modern technology, but let’s not forget the jet’s 40 years old! There aren’t things like a moving map, synthetic weapons and head-up display, so if you compare it to the difference between an Aston Martin and a Westfield Kit Car, it’s probably actually more fun flying the Hawk, but there isn’t as much avionics inside the cockpit.
What is the first manoeuvre you learn as a Red Arrows?
You start with what are our ‘basics’ of flying. I know it sounds odd, but as everything is called by the Team Leader, you need to work on everything, so start with left and right bends. Then you progress to do a standard loop, in one of our formation references which is called ‘Battle’, but you’re a little bit further away from the nearest airplane than what the public will see when we display – which is a good thing when you start practicing! Then you’ll move on to more challenging loops and rolls, and then you start to build it up, getting closer adding more airplanes on. Then, finally, you start to change shapes, moving from one formation to another.
What is the Red Arrows selection process like, and how were you selected?
Everyone who’s on the team has to apply to be on the team, so we’re all volunteers. In order to apply you have to have 1500 fast jet hours, you have to have been assessed as ‘above-average’, and you have to have done an operational tour. We get about 30 applicants each year, shortlisted down to about 9 – based on a flying record that we all have as pilots – and then for a week-long period the 9 shortlisted candidates come and spend a week with us, normally out in Cyprus or Greece where they are asked to perform a flying test, which includes loops and rolls. There’s also a formal interview, and a PR interview – where you’re put in front of a camera. But the biggest thing by far is peer assessment – how do you fit in? – not just with the 9 display pilots, but we have 130 engineers and display staff. You need to fit in with everyone. You could be the best pilot in the world but if you’re going to upset the team dynamic slightly, you’re not right for the Red Arrows.
If you are interested…
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Can you believe it, England have only gone and won the Cricket World Cup for the very first time.
The history-making England Cricket Team beat New Zealand in a dramatic final at Lord’s which will go down as one of the most amazing games of cricket ever played.
The boys have done the nation proud and tributes to England’s cricketing heroes have been pouring in across the country.
If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate and remember this important sporting occasion in our history, then we have an incredible range of commemoratives available.
Please note, since England’s magnificent win we have experienced a huge spike in collector demand and numbers are now limited across the range. It is advised that you secure your favourites as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
The Official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 50p Coin Set
*** OVER 85% SOLD ***
If you’re a 50p fan then this set is for you. This fantastic set features five new specially commissioned designs that have been fully approved by the ICC and Buckingham Palace.
The coins come packaged in Official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 packaging, meaning you can keep them safe for generations to come. And perhaps most importantly, this set is the only way you can own all five 50p coins in superior Brilliant Uncirculated Quality. Other than the Official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Logo coin none are available to purchase individually.
There is now less than 15% remaining of the 9,995 worldwide edition limit and these are selling quickly. If you’d like to secure one for your collection then you’ll need to be fast. Click here to order yours >>
The 2019 England Cricket DateStamp™
This brand new DateStamp™ provides you with an extremely limited way to own the highly sought-after UK Cricket 10p and capture this historic Cricket World Cup Final Day forever.
The 10p comes protectively encapsulated in a tamper-proof capsule and will be officially postmarked by Royal Mail with the Cricket World Cup final date – 14th July 2019. Only 2,019 will ever be postmarked with this special day and as such these are proving extremely popular amongst collectors.
This is the ultimate memento to celebrate England becoming Cricket World Champions for the first time. Don’t miss out – order yours here >>
The England Cricket 2019 Winners Medal
The boys have only gone and done it! And what better way to celebrate than with the brand new England Cricket 2019 Winners Medal.
Expertly plated in 24 Carat Gold, the ‘England Winners’ design is beautifully brought to life in vivid full-colour detail. The medal comes complete in a Deluxe Presentation Case with accompanying Certificate of Authenticity, meaning you can cherish it for years to come.
Only 2,019 have been issued and these are unsurprisingly flying out. A sell-out is expected so order yours today while they’re still available >>
The Cricket 2019 Commemorative Coin Cover
If you’re a stamp collector then this would make the perfect memento for you! This special Commemorative Cover features the complete set of 1973 Royal Mail Cricket Stamps, the second ever sports-related stamps to have been issued, alongside the 2nd Class ‘Three Lions’ Definitive Stamp.
These are paired with the new ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Logo 50p Coin and the stamps have been officially postmarked by the Royal Mail on the first day of the Cricket World Cup tournament. Due to the stamps’ limited availability, only 1,000 covers have been issued for worldwide distribution.
These have already proven extremely popular with collectors and cricket fans alike, so order yours today to avoid missing out >>
The Official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 50p
The Official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 50p coin has been struck to a Brilliant Uncirculated quality – a superior finish sought-after by collectors.
It has been fully approved by the ICC and features the Official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Logo on the reverse design. This is the perfect piece if you’re new to collecting or looking for a fantastic addition to your 50p collection.
Housed in Official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 packaging this is a great way to remember what has turned out to be a truly historic tournament. Find out more and orders yours today >>
JUST ANNOUNCED: Brand NEW Royal Mail Stamps to be released to celebrate England’s historic win…
This special stamp issue will be available late Summer 2019. If you’d like to be one of the first-in-the-know, then please register your interest below and we’ll be in touch as soon as they go on sale.