New Royal Mint coin marks Queen’s upcoming birthday

The Royal Mint struck a £5 coin in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II’s forthcoming 90th birthday, which takes place April 21.

The special-edition coin – designed by artist and sculptor Christopher Hobbs and approved by Her Majesty herself – will also be offered as a free gift to pensioners who turn 90 on the Queen’s birthday.

“My design for Her Majesty’s 90th birthday coin collection was inspired by the heraldic rose and the Queen’s love of flowers,” said Hobbs. “The central ‘EIIR’ is surrounded by a classical wreath of celebration. I have tried to make the roses more natural than heraldic, each one different from the other.”

“The Royal Mint has been making coinage for Britain’s monarchs for over 1,000 years,” said Anne Jessopp, Royal Mint director of commemorative coin. “We are very proud to be celebrating this important occasion together with the nation, with a coin bearing Christopher Hobbs’ strong yet feminine floral coin design.”

For more information on the series of coins issued by the Royal Mint to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday, click here.

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