This page contains information about the coin struck to mark the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta.You can use the coin quick links below to find key information fast.
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On 15th June 1215, King John signed (with a royal seal) the Magna Carta. It was essentially an agreement with the feuding barons that the King had to abide by the law too, and couldn't abuse his power. Although 'The Great Charter' has been removed and reinstated many times throughout history, it is regarded as the basis for modern law, influencing similar legislation.
The reverse of this coin created to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the event was by designed John Bergdahl. It depicts King John signing the Magna Carta, with a nobleman either side, surrounded by the words 'Magna Carta' and the key dates on the outside. The image showing King John signing it is symbolic, as he would have used a royal seal instead of a quill. The edge inscription states 'FOUNDATION OF LIBERTY', emphasising the Magna Carta's significance.
This coin was minted with the 4th portrait obverse for sets only; and all the coins produced for circulation have the 5th portrait.
Sellers of coins from circulation would like to sell coins for as much over face value as possible, so often refer to "rare mint error" in the description on marketplaces such as eBay. If you are looking to buy this coin, read this first to ensure you do not pay far more than the coin is worth as a collector item.
No mint errors for this coin have been confirmed by The Royal Mint.