The Royal Mint has announced a new addition to its face value coin range – the UK’s first ‘£50 for £50’ fine silver commemorative coin. In a celebration of Britain’s story, the unmistakeable ‘fifth portrait’ obverse of Her Majesty The Queen by Jody Clark has been paired with his contemporary figure of Britannia – a new denomination face value coin, featuring two iconic British figures, both by the same designer.
The Queen’s portrait has been a reassuring presence on our coins for more than six decades, and this image, the fifth effigy, first appeared on UK coinage earlier this year. The figure of Britannia is a popular representation of Britain that has been reimagined through the centuries, and often reflects the United Kingdom at a moment in time. Today’s Britannia, depicted by Jody Clark, is strong and elegant, standing with the British lion at her side.
Director of Commemorative Coin, Anne Jessopp, said: “It seems apt that these two familiar British figures feature together on the UK’s first face value £50 coin in the year that The Queen became Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch, and Britannia returned to the circulating coinage.”
Jody Clark’s Britannia design is a contemporary take on this classic symbol of Britain, but it respects tradition. He looked to British heraldry and treasures like the Una and the Lion coin for inspiration, reuniting Britannia with the British lion, a pairing also seen on plaques commemorating the soldiers of the First World War.