Queen Elizabeth II in 2022 became the first British queen to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee — 70 years on the throne.
For the occasion, the British Royal Mint announced a new set of coins on 29 December.
The new set of five coins pays homage to Vera Lynn, a British singer remembered for her song “We’ll meet again,” which is linked to the World War II era; the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham; Jubilee with traditional crown £5; tribute to Alexander Graham Bell for the invention of the telephone, and other Jubilee, celebrated for the first time with a 50p (fifty penny/cent) coin.
The coin set celebrates an important milestone in the life of the Queen of England.
“At the Royal Mint, we have proudly celebrated the many British royal celebrations over the years, but 2022 is a special celebration as the Queen reaches 70 years on the throne and the annual coin pool is set up in celebration of the celebrations. We will be launching 50p (50 penny) , the first royal celebration at 50p that marked that moment — a moment in history,” said Clare Maclennan, Commemorative Coin Division Director at the Royal Mint.
The Royal Mint, located 20 kilometers north of Cardiff, in Wales, has a production dedicated to the commemorative coin.
One by one, the employees made the coins with a press which applied 160 to 250 tons of pressure on each coin.
Gavin Elliott, production manager for commemorative coins, medals, and gold bullion explains, “So every coin always starts with a coin which is basically a blank disc of metal.”
The employees earn between 70 and 100 coins per hour.
Before going into mass production, Elliott oversees testing to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Trial pieces are coin-like pieces that the team makes when testing and developing new coins.
Right after the new coin is pressurized it is formed then visually inspected by employees, also by electronic devices.
The coins were put into trays, where the faces and backs were then examined and analyzed.
A small amount of dust or a slight misalignment between the blank and the ring may cause minor defects which the issuer will not tolerate.
It will later be placed in a red tray and finally recycled for further processing.
Each new coin set starts with a new design, shipped up to one year in advance.
“When we first saw sample coins and designs, we looked at the list of artists and decided who was the best to take part in,” said Paul Morgan, head of coin design at the Royal Mint.
One of the most original coins from the set is a coin in honor of Alexander Graham Bell. The year 2022 marks the centenary of Graham Bell’s death.
Morgan found its modern design to stand out.
The coin set, made of base metal, retails for £30 ($40) starting January 4, 2022 on the Royal Mint website.
Another limited edition set using precious metals such as gold and silver will retail for up to £9,895 ($13,173).
When the final mint set was completed, the design team began looking for inspiration for 2023. [mg/lt]