Royal Mint reveals rarest QEII coins

The Royal Mint has revealed some of the rarest coins to enter circulation during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last September following an unprecedented 70-year reign.

Last year marked a new era for British coinage as the last coins bearing Queen Elizabeth II were struck and the first coins featuring King Charles III entered circulation. Mark Loveridge, the Royal Mint’s director of U.K. currency, called it “one of the biggest changes in coinage since decimalization.”

“The coinage of Queen Elizabeth II spanned 70 years, and special designs issued into circulation celebrated some of the biggest events in history. Although the 2022 mintage figures mark the last time that Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait will appear on new coins, over 27 billion of her coins will remain in circulation,” said Loveridge.

“Coin collecting remains a popular hobby in the U.K., and the coins of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign are particularly coveted. By sharing the list of rare designs, we hope people will look closely at their coins; if they’re lucky, they might find a piece of history.”

To view the full list, which published the Royal Mint’s 2022 mintages for the first time, visit

Leave a Reply

Canadian Coin News


Canadian Coin News is Canada's premier source of information about coins, notes and medals.

Although we cover the entire world of numismatics, the majority of our readers are Canadian, and we concentrate on the unique circumstances surrounding collecting in our native land.

Send Us Your Event

Running an event? Send it to us and we will display it on Canadian Coin News!

Submit Event →

Subscribe To 26 Issues For Just $59.99/year

Subscribe today to receive Canada's premier coin publication. Canadian Coin News is available in both paper and digital forms.

Subscribe Now

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.