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First look at the new coins of 2020

Updated: Dec 30, 2021

So here we are, another year with a promise of lots of new coins to look forward to.

Lets take a look at the designs of the first five coins that were released at the start of 2020.

Celebrating VE Day - The end of the war

Team GB 50p

Designed by David Knaptonthe 2020 Team GB 50p features symbols depicting individual Olympic sports accompanied by the Olympic Rings, the Team GB logo, the inscription ‘TEAM GB’ and the date ‘2020’.

The craze of collecting Olympic 50p coins started with the 2011 set of coins which were produced to celebrate the 2012 London Olympics. This set consisted of 29 different coins, each one depicting a different sport from the games.

75th Anniversary of VE Day £2

Dominique Evans‘ design features a woman holding a newspaper aloft in crowd of celebrating people, set against a backdrop of the word victory.

The edge inscription reads ‘JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW’.

VE Day or Victory Day in Europe celebrates the Allies of World War II formally accepting Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on the 8th May 1945, marking the end of the war.

Agatha Christie £2

This coin has been designed by David Lawrence and features a nearly completed jigsaw puzzle with the final piece ready to be inserted, with the inscription ‘1920 100 YEARS OF MYSTERY 2020′.

English detective novelist Agatha Christie published her first novel, ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ in 1920. This £2 coin has been issued to commemorate 100 years of her work.

Mayflower £2

Designed by Chris Costello, the Mayflower £2 shows the ship upon a rough sea, with a guiding star in the night sky and the edge inscription ‘Undertaken for the glory of God’.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower’s voyage from Plymouth, England to the ‘New World’ in 1620. This voyage saw over 100 Pilgrims and around 30 crew spend two treacherous months at sea, battling against the North Atlantic wind as they journeyed to America to establish the first permanent New England colony by signing the Mayflower Compact. There were several designs that were drawn up for the Mayflower coin, some of which had intricate detail around the face of the gold part of the coin, but sadly this simpler pattern was chosen. Saying that, we all agree here at British Coin that this is proof that simplicity can be beautiful.

George III £5

Dominique Evans designed this new £5 coin on the 200th anniversary of the death of George III, the King of Great Britain and Ireland.

The coin features the portrait of King George III in a crowned cartouche at the centre of the coin. The Royal Cypher of King George can be seen below his portrait. Floral emblems of the United Kingdom and scenes associated with his life from Windsor Castle and the Kew Observatory can be seen around the face of the coin.

King George reigned and lived for longer than any British monarch before him, although due to his deteriorating health during the last 10 years of his life, his eldest son George IV ruled as Prince Regent.

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