Royal Mint opens the voting for their Coin of the Year poll

The Royal Mint has opened the voting to choose Britain’s favourite coin design of 2021. There are 35 designs in the poll, with a simple vote button under each, so head on over and make a choice. If I’m honest, it’s a fairly lacklustre selection this year, with only some classics like the Sovereign and the Gothic Crown really standing out. If it weren’t for the four-legged tripod, the HG Wells coin would’ve been one of our picks, but c’est la vie, as they say. Whatever is picked, it has to be better than the dire Diversity and EU 50p coins that came first and second last year…


Members of the public will vote for their favourite designs released by The Royal Mint in 2021 to decide the ultimate winner. Last year’s poll was popular amongst collectors, generating thousands of votes.

This year The Royal Mint welcomed an array of stunning new designs including The Queen’s Beasts and The Tudor Beasts ranges; 100 years since the discovery of Insulin and a new Sovereign design to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. There were also new additions to childhood character ranges, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Mr Men Little Miss.

Approximately 35 new commemorative coin designs were released this year. A recent survey by The Royal Mint revealed that coins remain the most collected item in the UK, with childhood character coins especially inspiring new collectors from younger generations.

Clare Maclennan, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint, said, “We’ve had some truly stunning coin designs released this year. 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of decimalisation, Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th birthday and Winnie the Pooh’s 95th anniversary. Marking significant moments like this on coins appeal to the most dedicated collectors, as well as inspiring new coin collectors. There’s been a coin for everyone this year, and we look forward to seeing which design is crowned the nation’s favourite this year!”

The Diversity Built Britain 50p coin, which went into circulation in October 2020, was voted the nation’s most loved design last year. This coin was voted favourite by 864 people, 157 more votes in front of second place. In second place came the Withdrawal from the European Union coin, which marked the UK leaving the EU.

Members of the public can vote for their favourite designs by visiting The Royal Mint’s website. Voting closes on the 29th of December, with the winner announced on the 30th of December via The Royal Mint’s Facebook and The Royal Mint website.