Press release from the Royal Mint
The Royal Mint and P&O Cruises have commemorated the launch of
two iconic ‘Britannias’ in 2015 – a new United Kingdom £2 coin and the
cruise ship Britannia.
In the same week that P&O Cruises launched its new cruise
ship Britannia, the Royal Mint revealed that the iconic figure
of Britannia will return to rule over the United Kingdom’s circulating coins.
To commemorate these two momentous occasions, Shane Bissett, the
Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin and Medals, presented
Captain Paul Brown of P&O Cruises with a special edition of the £2
Britannia to display on board the cruise ship Britannia.
The new depiction of Britannia will be struck on the United
Kingdom’s definitive circulating £2 and begin to enter circulation at
some stage during 2015.
Speaking at the launch of the new £2 Britannia, the Prime Minister
David Cameron said: “It is great to see Britannia’s welcome return to
our currency. Making her first appearance on our coins in the 17th
Century, Britannia is an enduring symbol of our national identity,
ideal to help reinforce the strong sense of shared purpose and history
for modern Britons.”
Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin and
Medals, said: “The instantly recognisable figure of Britannia has a
long, enduring history which has evolved and changed in keeping with
the nation which she represents. She has come to stand as a symbol of
renewed optimism for our country, and has a rightful place on the
currency of the United Kingdom.
“The birth of two such iconic Britannias almost simultaneously is an
important event which The Royal Mint and P&O Cruises wanted to
mark in an appropriate manner. It gives me great pleasure to visit our
coin’s namesake, and it is an honour to have the opportunity to
commemorate the launch of the cruise ship Britannia.”
Captain Paul Brown, added, “It is a great honour to receive this
special commemorative coin and very fitting that we are on board
Britannia, which is 'the nation’s ship.' The name Britannia has great
historical resonance with P&O Cruises long and famous heritage
and, most importantly, both the ship and new £2 coin pay homage to our
past and celebrate the forward-looking Britain of today and the future.”
For further information about the Britannia £2 coin visit the Royal
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