2023 marks 75 years of the Windrush Generation.
And to celebrate, The Royal Mint have released a BRAND-NEW UK coin range!
But what is the Windrush Generation? Carry on reading to learn more and find out how you can commemorate this historic occasion…
The term ‘Windrush Generation’ is coined from the arrival of individuals onboard the HMT Empire Windrush ship, travelling from the Caribbean to the UK between 1948 and 1973.
After UK migration laws changed in 1948, the HMT Empire Windrush docked in England for the first time whilst carrying over 1,000 Caribbean passengers.
The aim was to help reduce British labour shortages and to prevent an economic collapse post-Second World War, with the individuals who travelled to the UK becoming known as the Windrush Generation.
The movement was successful in rebuilding the nation after WWII, and their contributions to the UK have helped to shape modern British society and culture to this day.
In fact, the voyage became a symbol of the mass-migration movement altogether, and in 2023, we celebrate 75 years since the Windrush ship first docked in England.
The Windrush 50p
To celebrate the 75th anniversary, The Royal Mint have released a brand-new 50p coin in a range of specifications.
From the collector’s favourite – Brilliant Uncirculated – to the stunning 92.50% Silver Proof and double thickness Silver Piedfort in vivid colour, there is something for everyone.
In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to preserve such a key period of British history for generations to come.
UPDATE: The Royal Proclamation has now been released, so we know a little bit more information about the reverse designs – they will feature depictions of:
- R2-D2 and C-3PO
- Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine
- Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia
- Han Solo and Chewbacca
All of the reverse designs will also include the inscription ‘STAR WARS’ and feature Martin Jennings’ UK King Charles III effigy on the obverse.
Today, the FIRST EVER UK Star Wars™ 50p coin has been announced as part of a brand-new four-coin collection.
The original Star Wars™ trilogy helped create an all-encompassing fictional universe that has since amassed one of the largest fan bases in the world.
Whilst details about the designs are still top secret, we do know that the coins will feature Martin Jennings’ UK King Charles III effigy on the obverse.
So, don’t miss out on being the first to hear more about these Star Wars™ coins, including the designs and when you can get your hands on them.
Sign up below today and May the 4th be with you!
The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III was one of the most momentous occasions in modern British History, marking the culmination of a 74-year journey to the throne.
A huge global spectacle, the ceremony itself defined a new chapter for the British monarchy, as His Majesty The King was crowned alongside Her Majesty The Queen.
And now, you can commemorate this landmark event with the new Coronation Sovereign 2023 Range, celebrating The King’s coronation.
The range isn’t available just yet, but the Struck on the Day Coronation Sovereign has already sold out – so make sure you register your interest below to be the first to receive the latest news on this milestone Sovereign release.