Published: 12:28, 04 January 2022
| Updated: 15:16, 04 January 2022
The Royal Mint has revealed five new coin designs for 2022, including a 50p, £5 crown and a special celebration platinum set to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The 2022 Annual Sets will be available in a range of base and precious metals from today through The Royal Mint website.
As well as the jubilee and this year's Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham, two £2 coins will also celebrate the lives of Dame Vera Lynn and Alexander Graham Bell.
Today's release will mark the first chance coin collectors have had to get their hands on a keepsake from the Platinum Jubilee collection - including the first 50p coin to celebrate a royal event.
The commemorative £5 crown follows the tradition of marking previous Jubilees on crown pieces, while a special edition platinum set has been added to the range to mark the milestone of 70 years on the throne.
Clare Maclennan, divisional director of the consumer division at The Royal Mint said: “Each year The Royal Mint unveils a series of commemorative coins to celebrate key milestones that helped shape Britain and this year’s Annual Set is particularly special with a new 50 pence, £5 crown and special platinum set in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“As the Original Maker of UK coins, The Royal Mint has been trusted to strike coins for Her Majesty throughout an historic 70 years on the throne and celebrated royal milestones such as previous Jubilees on commemorative crown pieces.
"The Platinum Jubilee celebration is a spectacular first for the British monarchy and for UK coin, and it is fitting that this historic anniversary has been celebrated on 50 pence – which is Britain’s most loved collectable coin.”
The Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen 50p
Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated with a new UK 50p coin – which is the first UK 50p to mark a royal event.
Designed by Osborne Ross, the coin features a clean reverse design that comprises the number 70, The Queen’s cypher and the years that span her reign thus far.
The Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen £5
The Queen's record 70-year reign will also be commemorated on a £5 crown, designed by John Bergdahl. The coin features a fittingly regal design centralised by the quartered shield of the Royal Arms. The precious metals versions also include the edge inscription ‘SERVE YOU ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE’ in reference to Her Majesty’s unparalleled longevity as monarch.
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn’s iconic renditions of classic songs such as ‘We’ll Meet Again’ earned her eternal residency within the hearts of many and her dedication to the country's wartime effort and the morale of troops is being marked with the release of this 2022 coin.
The reverse design of the £2 coin features a detailed portrait of Dame Vera, who died in June 2020, as she appeared during the height of her fame.
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell revolutionised the world of communication through the development of his magnum opus, the telephone, This £2 coin celebrates this brilliant inventor in the centenary year of his passing.
Featuring a design by Henry Gray, the reverse of the coin shows the dial of a push-button phone, along with the words ‘PIONEER OF THE TELEPHONE’ inscribed on the buttons.
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
The summer of 2022 sees the Commonwealth Games return to the UK and this time to Birmingham, promising a spectacular occasion for British sport. The reverse of this UK 50p features a geometric design by The Royal Mint’s own Natasha Preece.
The 2022 commemorative sets will be available in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes, from January 4 at The Royal Mint website, with prices starting from £30.
Each of the coins will also be available individually in 2022, starting with the Platinum Jubilee coins, which will launch on January 6.