After embarrassing melt-downs of previously pressed coins, the Chancellor has unveiled images of the “Brexit coin”.
The new 50p will bear the inscription “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” and “31st January 2020” – the date the UK leaves the EU.
Around 3 million Brexit coins will enter banks, Post Offices and shops nationwide from Friday 31st January, with a further 7 million entering circulation later this year.
As Master of the Mint, Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid, was given the very first batch of Brexit coins – one of which he will present to the Prime Minister this week.
More than 13,000 people have already registered their interest in a commemorative version of the coin which is available to buy from the Royal Mint.
After seeing the coin for the first time, the Chancellor said; “Leaving the European Union is a turning point in our history and this coin marks the beginning of this new chapter.
“As part of the launch, the Royal Mint will also open its doors for 24 hours to let people strike their own commemorative coins.”
The Royal Mint confirmed that as well as the “Brexit Coin” in circulation, the coin will also be available as gold and silver Proof editions, as well as a brilliant un-circulated edition and as part of a two-coin historic set. In addition, a number of gold Sovereigns will be struck on the day and these particular coins will feature a portcullis privy mark.
Further details on the special edition coins are available from the Royal Mint directly.