Behind the design – Quentin Peacock’s fantastic new design for our future King

This year we mark the 40th Birthday of our future King, Prince William. 

Coins that are being issued to mark this birthday are extremely important – when William eventually becomes King, coins issued for him during the Queen’s historic reign are going to be highly sought after by collectors.  

And now a brand new coin has been issued by Guernsey and features a fantastic new design by artist Quentin Peacock.

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King William IV Half Crown

The design takes inspiration from the original Crown coins issued during the reign of the last King William – King William IV.  

Any historic coin collector will be aware of this iconic important coin.   

During the reign of William IV, the Royal Mint had two established and now legendary engravers – Benedetto Pistrucci and William Wyon. However, in 1820, Frenchman Jean Merlen arrived at the Mint.  

Merlen’s design is one of the most highly rated, yet strangely least well-known, reverse designs to grace a British coin. A facet that makes it particularly desirable to knowledgeable collectors.  

The ‘Crowned Shield’ has only been seen a handful of times. In fact, the Crown Coin was only issued in 1831 and 1834, and never entered circulation! This, combined with the fact that William IV only reigned for 7 years, makes the William IV Crown one of the most sought after coins in British numismatic history!  

And now Quentin Peacock has produced a fantastic new design to mark the 40th Birthday of our future King, Prince William – who is likely to be the first King William since the 1800s.  

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2022 British Isles Prince William 40th Birthday Proof £5

This brand new design features a crowned shield with ’40’ in the centre. It’s a new design that pays homage to one of the most interesting and collectable coins in British history.  

There might even be a few very lucky collectors out there with the opportunity to pair the two coins together!  

We have a limited number of coins available in the British Isles Prince William 40th Birthday range, and you can secure yours now by following the link below.  


If you’re interested…

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ROYAL MINT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Queen’s Reign £5 Series…

As we mark Her Majesty the Queen’s remarkable 70-year reign this year, The Royal Mint have just announced a brand new three-coin series!

Highlighting The Queen’s personal commitment to her people, communities, and to the Commonwealth nations, the three coins are due to be issued this summer and feature designs by artist P.J. Lynch. Each coin will fittingly represent one of the three key areas of Her Majesty’s reign, along with a UK FIRST — The Queen’s signature!

The first coin will feature the honours and awards she bestows on individuals for their service, the second highlights her patronage and support of charities, and the third will celebrate Her Majesty’s tireless work for the Commonwealth.

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The Queen’s Reign: Coming Soon…

Releasing this summer!

All three coins are set to be released this summer, with the first coin in June, the second in July and the final of the series released in August.

This truly is the ultimate tribute to Her Majesty the Queen and her incredible dedication to the Crown over the last 70 years.

Make sure you don’t miss out on owning this new coin series, and sign up to our BU Pack subscription service. Find out more about the BU Pack subscription service here.

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Top 5 Jubilee Weekend MUST-SEE Moments

In celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year, we’re taking part in a truly historic moment.

And with so many festivities going on, I’ve put together a countdown of the TOP 5 weird and wonderful must-see moments this Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Now, you may have already tried your hand at recreating the Fortnum and Mason Official Platinum Jubilee pudding — a Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle, chosen by Dame Mary Berry herself!

Or perhaps you’ve heard about the 3 second sell-out of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Barbie Doll?

Well, it doesn’t stop there. Up and down the country, formal and informal celebrations will be taking place. Here’s a countdown of my top 5 must-see moments:


5. Trooping the Colour, Thursday 2nd June

In just over a week’s time, more than 850 soldiers, 200 horses and 300 musicians will come together for the traditional parade to mark The Queen’s Official Birthday. This will be the first time since 2019 that the occasion of pageantry, fanfares and drumbeats can go ahead in its full splendour.

The colour being trooped this year is that of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, with soldiers making their way from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade.

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4. The Epsom Derby, Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th June

Continuing her lifelong relationship with the world’s greatest flat race, The Epsom Derby, this year the Queen has entered three of her horses in the derby as she attempts to win the prestigious horse race for the first time.

With a touch of carnival, this one’s for everyone — from racing royalty to racing rookies.

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3. The United Kingdom and Commonwealth Illuminated, Thursday 2nd June

On the evening of 2nd June, the United Kingdom and Commonwealth will be illuminated by a blaze of light when more than 1,500 beacons are ignited in towns, villages and cities throughout Britain, the British Isles and the UK’s overseas territories, as well as the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.

This tradition dates back hundreds of years, celebrating royal weddings, jubilees, and coronations and has since become a symbol of unity across borders.

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2. Platinum Party at the Palace, Saturday 4th June

This promises to be an occasion to remember, playing a central part in a weekend of pomp and parties.

A star-studded line-up of artists, bands, and entertainers from across music, film and theatre are set to give you the show of a lifetime.

The event will take place at Buckingham Palace and be broadcast live on the BBC.

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Artist’s interpretation of the Platinum Party at the Palace. Credit: BBC

1. The Big Jubilee Lunch, Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th June

Inspiring community spirit across the nation, the initiative offers the opportunity to share food, friendship, and frivolity with neighbours.

Thousands of people have signed up to host a lunch with street parties expected to match those which broke out spontaneously at the end of the Second World War.

And while you’re stocking up on supplies for your very own Big Jubilee Lunch, you may spot some subtle Platinum Jubilee tributes from our supermarket staples like Heinz’s Salad Queen (Salad Cream) and HM Sauce (HP Sauce).

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So, it’s fair to say there’s enough to keep us busy over what promises to be one historic weekend in Great Britain.


And don’t forget, there’s still time to claim your FREE Platinum Jubilee Commemorative Souvenir.

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With this Introductory Offer you’ll only pay £2.99 postage. It’s the perfect tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, 70 years our Queen.