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First Look - 2022 coin designs revealed!

Updated: Jan 21, 2022

Today I can reveal five new coin designs that will be released early in 2022. These include a 50p and a £5 in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Elizabeth was 25 years old. This is also the first time a fifty pence coin will be used to mark a royal event. The coin will feature a design showing the number 70 with the royal cypher including dates to mark the anniversary within the zero.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of the Consumer Division at The Royal Mint said: "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.”

Collectors can reserve their Platinum Jubilee 50p coin now, just click here.

The £5 coin has been designed by John Berghdal and features a regal design centralised by the quartered shield of the Royal Arms.

Collectors can reserve their Platinum Jubilee £5 coin now, just click here.

To celebrate the 2022 Commonwealth Games, a new 50p has been designed. The new coin features a design by Natasha Preece, which features a striking geometric design.

The games will take place in Birmingham between 28 July and 8 August at the newly redeveloped Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr and will feature 19 different sports, including athletics, cricket, swimming and diving, and gymnastics.

Collectors can reserve their Birmingham Commonwealth 50p coin now, just click here.

The Dame Vera Lynn £2 coin will feature a detailed portrait of the iconic singer with her stage name and the dates 1917 - 2020, commemorating of her birth and death.

Dame Vera Margaret Lynn, born Vera Margaret Welch in the East Ham section of London's blue-collar East End on March 20, 1917, took on her grandmother's maiden name, Lynn, as a stage name.

When she was seven, Dame Vera Lynn performed at an East End club, and she made singing and dancing a full-time occupation from that moment. At eleven she dropped out of school and began touring Britain year-round with a music hall variety show. By 1933 Vera Lynn had begun performing as a soloist. She quickly got the attention of the British public with her music and performances and was very popular during the Second World War. She is honorifically known as the "Forces Sweetheart", having given outdoor concerts for the troops in Egypt, India and Burma during the war as part of the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA).

Vera Lynn's songs are still very well known, including 'We'll Meet Again', '(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover' and 'There'll Always Be an England'.

In 2009, at the age of 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Albums Chart with the compilation album 'We'll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn'.

In 2017, she released 'Vera Lynn, 100', a compilation album of hits to commemorate her centenary, this reached Number 3 in the charts, making her the first centenarian performer to have a Top 10 album in the charts. By the time of her death in 2020 she had been active in the music industry for an incredible 96 years!

Collectors can reserve their Dame Vera Lynn £2 coin now, just click here.

The Alexander Graham Bell coin shows the dial of a push-button phone. This coin has been designed to honour the 100th anniversary since the inventor's death.

Alexander Graham Bell, born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3 1847 and died on August 2 1922, was an inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone.

So what influenced Alexander Bell's invention? His father, grandfather, and brother were all associated with work on elocution and speech and both his mother and wife were deaf; profoundly affecting Bell's life's work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone, on March 7, 1876. He then went on to become co-founder of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) in 1885.

Alexander Bell's invention of the telephone in 1876 was a world-changing event which was a breakthrough in communication. Before the telephone, the fastest way to send a message was by using electric telegraph systems which was established back in the early 1800s. These early telegraph systems used Morse code, which sequenced dots and dashes to spell out messages.

Many other inventions marked Bell's later life, including ground-breaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics.

Collectors can reserve their Alexander Graham Bell £2 coin now, just click here.

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