Pop a little piece of London in your pocket

Pop a little piece of London in your pocket

The Royal Mint has unveiled some unusual photographs of famous British landmarks to highlight their latest commemorative coin collection, which celebrates some of Britain’s best-loved landmarks. The images portray classic British icons such as Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge, replaced with coins bearing their likeness.


The photographs were commissioned by The Royal Mint to showcase the first set in their new Portrait of Britain coin collection which celebrates world-renowned London landmarks on four colour printed silver £5 coins, each bearing an intricate design engraved on the reverse.

The Royal Mint engravers Laura Clancy and Glyn Davies have captured the spirit of four instantly-recognisable British landmarks – Elizabeth Tower ( housing Big Ben), Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. In their designs, each British icon is viewed as though through the eyes of a visitor, seen through passing crowds or rain showers, giving the coins the feel of an impressionist painting.

The Royal Mint's Portrait of Britain Commerative Coins

Glyn Davies, The Royal Mint engraver said: “We visited the landmarks in London, and it struck us that it’s never possible to get an uninterrupted view of them without being obscured in some way by the weather, other tourists or even their location. On returning we drew up compositions and added a wash of watercolour.”

The four-coin pack is limited to just 3,500 sets and is presented in a case, alongside a booklet that tells the fascinating story behind each iconic subject. All four coins bear the obverse portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, and they mark the first ever use of trichromatic colour-printing on UK coinage.

The coins are the first set in a planned annual release from The Royal Mint, with the intention of showing a different “Portrait of Britain” each year. These will include historic landmarks, buildings, and natural phenomenon from all over Britain. As the coins in the set are official United Kingdom coins, it’s expected that they will prove popular among visitors and tourists.
Portraits of Britain coins by The Royal Mint

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