James Bond, fish and chips, an English breakfast, the Loch Ness Monster and even queuing are celebrated in a new collection of ‘quintessentially British’ 10p coins that will soon show up in people’s change.
The collection of 26 new 10p designs, unveiled by the Royal Mint, shows an A to Z of what makes Britain great – from the Angel of the North to a zebra crossing.
The English breakfast coin depicts a fried egg, bacon, sausages, tomato and beans, while the James Bond coin says: ‘007’.
Stonehenge, a double decker bus, the NHS and the Houses of Parliament are also celebrated in the collection, which is released into general circulation from Thursday alongside collectors’ versions available to buy from the Royal Mint website.
The Royal Mint also has a ‘great British coin hunt’ app, which allows coin hunters to create a digital collection of the coins they find in their change.
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Anne Jessopp, chief executive at the Royal Mint, said: ‘These designs were selected because we feel they represent a diverse mix of elements that make up the country we all love.
‘There is a lot to be proud of in the UK – whether it’s at the highest level, our Houses of Parliament representing democracy and freedom of speech, technological advancements such as Tim Berners-Lee’s world wide web, or just a good cup of tea, it’s all here in the designs.
‘We hope the British public is inspired to take part in the great British coin hunt by checking their change for those miniature works of art that spell out just some of the many iconic themes that are quintessentially British.’
Completed in 1998, the Angel of the North is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54 metres across. It was designed by Antony Gormley, and is located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. (PA)
The James Bond series was written by Ian Fleming in 1953 and focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent. There are currently 26 James Bond films. (PA)
Cricket originated in south-east England and became the country’s national sport in the 18th century. (PA)
The London bus is one of London’s principal icons, the archetypal red rear- entrance vehicle being recognized worldwide. (PA)
A full English breakfast typically includes bacon, sausages, eggs and a drink like coffee or tea. It’s thought to be one of the best-loved national meals in the world.(PA)
Fish and chips is a hot dish of English origin consisting of battered fish and potato chips. It has become a classic part of visiting Britain, particularly when by the sea. Traditionally it was served wrapped in newspaper. (PA)
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is the clock time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.GMT is still widely used as the standard time against which all the other time zones in the world are referenced. (PA)
Otherwise known as the Palace of Westminster, this is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. (PA)
There are many references to the popular ’99’ ice cream in British culture. The origin of the name is uncertain but one claim is that it was coined in Portobello, Scotland in 1922. (PA)
A Jubilee is a particular anniversary of an event, usually denoting the 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or 70th anniversary. The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was held throughout 2012 and marked the 60th anniversary of the accession of the Queen on 6 February 1952. (PA)
King Arthur is a legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries AD. Many details of his life are taken from folklore and even his historical existence is debated and disputed by modern historians. (PA)
In Scottish folklore, the Loch Ness Monster, ‘Nessie’, is an aquatic being which supposedly inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. 2017 saw a world-record number of reportings of Nessie – a height of eight. (PA)
A Mackintosh or raincoat was named after its Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh and was first sold in 1824. (PA)
The National Health Service (NHS) is the publicly funded national healthcare system for England and one of the four National Health Services of the United Kingdom. It is the largest single-payer healthcare system in the world. (PA)
The English oak, also known as common oak, is the most common tree species in the UK. (PA)
In 1853 the first post box on the British mainland was erected at Botchergate, Carlise. London’s first pillar box was at the corner of Fleet Street and Farringdon Street. (PA)
If there’s one thing Britons know how to do, it’s how to form an orderly and polite queue. (PA)
Robins are one of the first birds to start the dawn chorus and one of the last to stop singing at night, even in the winter. In Britain, seeing a robin is sometimes called seeing ‘the first sign of Spring’. (PA)
Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument, which stands in Wiltshire, England. It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument and built about 5,000 years ago. The stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC. (PA)
The British drink more than 60 billion cups of tea a year. (PA)
The Union Jack, or Union Flag, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. (PA)
There are around 4520 villages in the UK with less than 20,000 residents. (PA)
The world wide web, or the Internet, was created by English scientist Tim Berners-Lee in 1989. (PA)
A commonly-used term for where mystical buried treasure lay, hidden by pirates. This was often referenced in children’s books. (PA)
Yeomen, popularly known as the Beefeaters, are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. (PA)
A zebra crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing used in many places around the world. The first in the UK appeared in Slough, Berkshire, in 1951 and there are now thousands dotted around the country. (PA)
The collection can be bought from the Royal Mint for those who don’t want to hunt down each coin individually. (PA)
The Royal Mint also has a ‘great British coin hunt’ app, allowing coin hunters to create a digital collection of the coins they find in their change. (PA)
Anne Jessopp, chief executive at the Royal Mint, said: ‘These designs were selected because we feel they represent a diverse mix of elements that make up the country we all love.’ (PA)
Dr Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, said the new collection is a departure from the standard way in which the Royal Mint has celebrated what is great about Britain in the past. (PA)