The changing of a coinage portrait is a momentous occasion, where we say goodbye to one era and welcome a new chapter for Her Majesty The Queen.
2015 will be a vintage year for the coinage of the United Kingdom, a rare moment in time that brings one era to a close and begins a new chapter.
With coins struck in their circulating alloys, this set comprises the definitive coins of the United Kingdom, from the 1p to the £2, each adorned with the familiar fourth definitive portrait of Her Majesty.
The celebrated fourth coinage effigy has, just like the lady it represents, seen many historic events since its introduction. From poignant personal moments, such as the death of The Queen’s own mother, to joyous occasions, including the birth of her first great-grandson, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
Since 1998, when the portrait was introduced, the world has changed dramatically, with a global economic crisis, the election of America’s first African American President and the introduction of social media. During this time, the UK has celebrated the Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen’s Coronation, as she has matured before our eyes.
The changing of a coinage portrait is a rare occasion – throughout the 62-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, there have been only four previous definitive effigies on the coins we use every day. As the time comes to mark this new chapter for The Queen and her nation’s coinage, we are offering one last opportunity to own the fourth portrait on these final edition coins.
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