The Royal Mint has unveiled a new 50p coin to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The coin will feature the number 70, which represents the number of years of The Queen’s reign in 2022. Her Majesty’s cypher and dates are framed within the zero at the centre of the design, which was approved by the Monarch herself.
It is the first time a royal event has been celebrated with a new 50 pence piece.
Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin, said: “The Royal Mint has a proud history of striking coins for British Monarchs and 2022 sees one of the greatest celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen with the upcoming Platinum Jubilee.
“Marking 70 days until the anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the throne, the Royal Mint is delighted to reveal the commemorative Platinum Jubilee 50p design ahead of its launch in the new year.”
She continued: “In recognition of the landmark occasion, this is the first time a royal milestone has been commemorated on a 50p coin and is a fitting celebration for Britain’s longest-reigning Monarch.”
The coin is the first to be revealed as part of the coin collection to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. The collection is the largest collections ever made by The Royal Mint to celebrate the historic occasion. It will also include a commemorative £5 crown.
The Royal Mint has previously marked all of The Queen’s major milestones including her Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees with commemorative coins.
2022 will be a year of celebrations to mark The Queen’s 70 years on the throne, with a four-day Bank Holiday weekend in June. Celebrations across the special weekend will include Trooping the Colour, the lighting of beacons, a Service of Thanksgiving, Platinum Pageant and a concert making The Queen’s historic reign.
A special logo has been chosen for the occasion, designed by a budding graphic design student.
The medal to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has also been revealed. Those who will receive the medal for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, to show the Monarch’s gratitude for their public service, include living individual recipients of the George Cross and Victoria Cross as well as Members of the Royal Household with one year of qualifying service.
A new range of chinaware has additionally been unveiled by the Royal Collection Trust to mark the occasion. The design of the special set takes its inspiration from Her Majesty’s Robe of Estate, worn to her coronation on 2 June 1953. The designs are set against a deep purple background, and feature golden olive leaves and ears of wheat, symbolising peace and plenty. Products can be purchased online from the Royal Collection Trust website.