Royal Mint to give away 95 £5 coins to mark Queen’s 95th birthday


THE Royal Mint is giving away 95 commemorative £5 coins to celebrate the Queen turning 95 next month.

To be in with a chance of winning a coin, you must also be celebrating your 95th birthday this year.

Here is the £5 coin being given away by the Royal Mint

This means you must have either turned 95 in January or February, or will turn 95 at some point this year.

The Queen will celebrate her 95th birthday next month on April 21.

Each coin features a design by heraldic artist Timothy Noad, with the words: “My heart and my devotion.”

This is in reference to part of her 1957 Christmas broadcast, which was the first to be televised.

The commemorative tender marks the Queen’s 95th birthday on April 12

During the speech the young Queen said: “In the old days the monarch led his soldiers on the battlefield and his leadership at all times was close and personal. Today things are very different.

“I cannot lead you into battle, I do not give you laws or administer justice, but I can do something else, I can give you my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.”

Winners of the coins will be chosen at random by the Royal Mint to receive one free brilliant uncirculated commemorative £5 coin.

Nominations can be made via the Royal Mint website now until 11am on April 19.

You will be asked to prove your age if you’re picked to receive a coin.

As these coins are made by the Royal Mint, they will technically be classed as legal tender, but they’re unlikely to be accepted in shops as they won’t be circulated.

On the Royal Mint website, it says of commemorative coins: “Please note that whilst these coins are legal tender, they are not designed for general circulation, so banks and shops are unlikely to accept the coins.”

Coin expert Jon White or the Britannia Coin Company told HOAR these coins are unlikely to be worth much more than their face value in years to come.

The same coins are being sold on the Royal Mint website now for £13 each, or £18 each as part of a “premium pack”.

Both the regular and premium versions come with a fold-out wallet showing key moments from the Queen’s life.

But the premium version also comes with an extra six postcards and is limited to 9,500 being made.

The Royal Mint is also selling silver proof versions of the £5 piece for £90, limited to 7,595 coins, a silver proof Piedfort £5 coin for £167.50, limited to 1926, and a silver proof two-ounce £5 coin for £180, limited to 995.

A five-ounce silver proof £10 coin is being sold for £455, limited to 950 coins, while a £500 silver proof kilo coin is currently being flogged for £2,270, limited to 150.

The priciest coin listed online is a gold proof, five-ounce £10 piece which is selling for £10,820 on the Royal Mint website, limited to 150 coins.

There is also a kilo version of this coin, with just 15 available, but you need to call the Royal Mint to find out the price.

Clare Maclennan, divisional director of the consumer division at The Royal Mint said: “Each year The Royal Mint unveils a series of commemorative coins to celebrate key moments and milestones that help shape Britain and what better occasion to celebrate than Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday. 

“Each coin is a miniature work of art and has been designed as a treasured keepsake or gift and we are delighted to be able to gift 95 of them to 95 people celebrating their own landmark birthdays this year.”

These coins are just one of five new pieces being revealed for 2021.

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