New for 2020, 5 commemorative coin designs from The Royal Mint. A 50p coin to support Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, three two pound coins marking the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) day on the 8th May 1945, 100 years of Agatha Christie novels and the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620.
A £5 coin marking the 200th anniversary of the death of George III is also part of the 2020 annual set.
The Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) provides recommendations for themes appropriate to the year and invites selected artists to submit designs. The RMAC then select designs to pass on to the Chancellor for initial approval and then to the Queen for final Royal approval. On the 1st of January 2020, The Royal Mint revealed the new coin designs for 2020 that will become part of UK circulation or commemorative coinage.
All coins will show the 5th portrait of the Queen by Jody Clark on the obverse. The fifty pence and five pound coins will also show the year date 2020 on the obverse, whilst the three 2 pound coin designs will include 2020 on the reverse as part of the inscription.
The edge inscriptions for the 2 pound coins are:
2020 VE-day 75th Anniversary £2: JUST TRIUMPH AND PROUD SORROW
2020 Agatha Christie £2: LITTLE GREY CELLS
2020 Mayflower £2: UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
These 2020 coins will be central to many of The Royal Mints products for the new year, in coin sets such as The 2020 United Kingdom Collector Proof Coin Set and The 2020 United Kingdom Commemorative Proof Coin Set. Premium, Silver Proof, Piedfort and Gold Proof versions will also be available.
At various dates during 2020, each commemorative coin in the set will be packaged individually in a presentation folder in Brilliant Uncirculated quality. Each coin will also be made available in silver, silver piedfort and gold proof quality.