Topic: Decimalisation and the coin you really want to find in your change
Decimalisation and the coin you really want to find in your change
Fifty years ago, the UK converted to a decimal currency, and one and two new pence coins became the modern way to pay.
Now, there is another debate, over the need to keep notes and coins when we increasingly pay with cards or through digital devices.
To mark the anniversary of Decimal Day, Chris Barker, research manager at The Royal Mint Museum, has picked out some recent coins that are of fascination to collectors and enthusiasts, or which reveal how the country and technology have changed.
The 2009 Kew Gardens 50p
This is arguably the circulating coin most sought after by collectors - nothing gets people quite as excited as the 2009 Kew Gardens.
The design was created by Christopher Le Brun and features the famous Chinese Pagoda at Kew with a decorative leafy climber twining in and around the tower.
Only 210,000 were released into circulation, with almost all of them now in collectors' hands, so the chances of coming across one in your change are slim.
The 2015 Britannia £2 coin
Britannia first appeared on Britain's coins in the Roman era, as the female embodiment of the nation.
She was revived in the 1670s and featured prominently on money until 2008 when all circulating coins were redesigned to form a shield.
It looked like she might disappear from the nation's change forever, but was rejuvenated on the £2 in 2015 to uphold a longstanding tradition.
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