One of the biggest pieces of news to come out of the World
Money Fair Media Forum on Jan. 30 was supposed to stay secret.
Mint announced that the iconic symbol of Britain, Britannia, would
make a return to British coinage in 2015. But after the show, the
Royal Mint told Coin World that the announcement from its
Director of Commemorative Coin, Shane Bissett, was supposed to be a secret.
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A spokesperson told Coin World, “The reveal is to be very
soon, in terms of weeks, but we will make sure that we give you as
much advance notice and info as possible.”
The Britannia design will replace Bruce Rushin’s History of
Technological Achievement design on the ringed-bimetallic £2 coin, which has been issued since 1997.
Britannia was most recently found on the 50-penny coins issued after decimalization, from
1969 until a redesign in 2008, when the elements on British
circulating coinage from the penny to the £1 coin were all removed,
leaving the £2 coin the only coin without a fresh look this century.
Britannia has a long history on coins of the United Kingdom, dating
back to ancient Roman Britain, and has been the marquee symbol for its
precious metal program since 1987.
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