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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 23, June 5, 2022, Article 28

ROYAL MINT'S RAINBOW 50P PRIDE COIN

The Royal Mint has produced a colorful coin commemorating the Pride movement. -Editor

  Pride coin in hand

The British Royal Mint has partnered with not-for-profit organisation Pride in London to commemorate 50 years of the LGBT+ movement Pride with a 50p coin designed by Dominique Holmes.

The word pride is embossed in capital letters in the middle of the coin underneath an engraved heart and swirling lines, referencing the movement that celebrates and campaigns for the rights of the LGBT+ community.

"My aim with this design was to evoke images of the original Pride marches – the hand-made placards and protest signs calling out the demands of the brave LGBT+ people who were taking to the streets to fight for their rights," Holmes told Dezeen.

The seven-sided coin's eye-catching rainbows are coloured in the same hues as seen on the Rainbow Flag, which was designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 and is widely recognised as the symbol of LGBT+ communities.

On the bottom of the coin, which will not be circulated as currency, is an arrow coloured in shades of black, brown, pink, light blue and white stripes.

Pride coin These colours were added to the Rainbow Flag by graphic designer Daniel Quasar to represent LGBT+ individuals of colour and transgender individuals, in an effort to emphasise "inclusion and progression". Quasar's Progress Pride Flag has since become routinely used around the world.

The coin marks the first time Britain's LGBT+ community has been celebrated on official UK coinage. As part of the coin's launch, the Royal Mint will make a donation to Pride in London.

The coin will be available in special edition gold and silver from The Royal Mint's website in the summer.

To read the complete article, see:
The Royal Mint releases rainbow 50p to mark 50th anniversary of Pride UK (https://www.dezeen.com/2022/05/20/royal-mint-rainbow-50p-coin-pride-anniversary/)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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