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Release dates and updates for the coins of 2021

Updated: Dec 30, 2021

We are only a few days into 2021, and already, we know of at least 15 coins that will be released this year, This includes the re-release of the 2020 Olympics 50p. The most recent announcement is that we will be seeing more of our friends from Hundred Acre Wood. The second set of Winnie the Pooh 50p's will be available soon. This will be another set of three, made up of Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Tigger and Owl.

The second set we will see this year is the hugely anticipated dinosaur 50p coins. So far, all we know is that there will be three coins again, the same as last years dinosaur set and that the ancient beasts to grace this years coins will be the Temnodontosaurus, Plesiosaurus and Dimorphodon.

Temnodontosaurus is a genus of ichthyosaurs from the early Jurassic period, ranging between 200 and 175 million years ago, and known to come from Europe and Chile. They were huge creatures which measured anywhere from 9 meters (29.5 ft) to 12 meters (39 ft) and they lived in the deepest areas of the open ocean.

Plesiosaurus was a large marine reptile that also lived during the early part of the Jurassic Period. It is distinguishable by its small head, long and slender neck, broad turtle-like body, a short tail, and two pairs of large, elongated paddles and is the most recognisable sea dwelling dinosaur of all. The Plesiosaurus grew to about 3.5 meters meaning it was much smaller than the Temnodontosaurus.

The Dimorphodon was a medium-sized pterosaur. Pterosaurs were flying reptiles that dominated the skies right from the late Triassic to the end of the Cretaceous period (228 to 66 million years ago). Dimorphodon means "two-form tooth", referring to the fact that it had two distinct types of teeth in its jaws, which is comparatively rare among reptiles.

A 50p coin commemorating Charles Babbage will be released at some point later this year. Charles Babbage was a mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer. Babbage originated the concept of a digital programmable computer and is considered by some to be the “father of the computer”. The coin is said feature to the inscription “CHARLES BABBAGE” accompanied by numbers representing the name Babbage in numerical code. The designs and release dates for the above coins have not yet been announced, but we will update this blog just as soon as we find out.

In addition to these exciting coins, there are currently three £5 coins we can tell you about. The first to mention is to commemorate the Queen's 95th birthday. In April the Queen will become the first UK monarch to reach 95. This £5 coin will depict the royal cypher "EIIR", above the words "my heart and my devotion", in respect to part of her 1957 Christmas broadcast.

A further two £5 coins have also been announced, one commemorating the Saxon King, Alfred the Great and the other celebrating The Royal Albert Hall, with the inscription “INSPIRING ARTS AND SCIENCES". For updates on these and other coins, simply fill in the form above and we will keep in touch with you as and when we learn more.

Newly released design images

The other coins due to be released this year are mentioned in the previous blog titled 'Exciting new coin releases!'. These coins will be available to buy within a few days and you can pre order yours right here. We can also now reveal how these coins will look, take a look below.

John Logie Baird 50p

Decimal Day 50p

Sir Walter Scott £2

H.G. Wells £2

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