Brexit 50p coin unveiled
The coin is inscribed with ‘Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations’ and the date the UK leaves the EU (31 January).
Around three million Brexit coins will enter banks, Post Offices and shops up and down the country this Friday, and seven million will enter circulation later in the year.
The Chancellor, Sajid Javid who is also the Master of the Mint, was given the first batch of Brexit coins, one of which will be presented to the Prime Minister this week.
Initially the coins were inscribed with the date of the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 October but the Treasury had to halt production due to Brexit delays. Around 1,000 coins were already minted but they were later melted down.
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.
As part of the launch, the Royal Mint will also open its doors for 24 hours to let people ‘strike’ their own commemorative coin – the process where the design gets stamped on to the coin.
Javid said: “Leaving the European Union is a turning point in our history and this coin marks the beginning of this new chapter.”
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson also unveiled the government’s plan to commemorate Brexit day on 31 January, including a special cabinet meeting, a commemorative light display in Downing Street at 10pm and Union Jack flags lining Parliament Square and the Mall.