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The E-Sylum: Volume 17, Number 47, November 16, 2014, Article 18

2015 CHURCHILL £5 COMMEMORATIVE COIN

David Pickup forwarded the November 5, 2014 Royal Mint blog article announcing the 2015 UK coin designs. Included is a new commemorative for Winston Churchill, and a note indicating that a new portrait of The Queen will is expected to be introduced in 2016. -Editor

The new coins for 2015 have been announced and are now available on royalmint.com. The biggest reveal in today’s announcement is that these 2015 UK coins will be the last coins to feature the fourth portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. Next year the definitive portrait of Her Majesty The Queen is to be updated for the first time since 1998.

Winston Churchill £5 coin The 50th Anniversary of the Death of Sir Winston Churchill £5
At the time of Sir Winston Churchill’s death in 1965 The Royal Mint issued a coin that became a classic, the essence of the man expertly captured by Oscar Nenom. In 2015, a second coin will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the great man, making him the only statesman ever to be honoured on two UK coins. This £5 coin bears a portrait that fits with the artistry of Nenom’s design; created by Mark Richards FRBS, it conveys the spirit of Winston Churchill as he was: larger than life.

Winston Churchill £5 coin packaging

David Pickup adds:

Readers might ask whether the fiftieth anniversary of a death of even someone as significant as Churchill warrants the issue of a coin. The portrait on this coin is striking and the design is unusual. Although he photographed well it is difficult to convey his character on a coin. The original Churchill crown is probably one of the most unsuccessful (from a collector’s point of view) commemorative coins ever because of the vast numbers produced.

To read the complete article, see:
The 2015 UK coins announced (http://blog.royalmint.com/2015-uk-coins-announced/)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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