Royal Mint issues Rainbow Coin for Pride UK 50th anniversary


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Britain’s Royal Mint earlier this week issued a special rainbow coin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pride UK. The mint described the colourful 50 pence coin as part of the institution’s wider commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Pride in London partnered with the mint to launch the rainbow coin. The 50p piece incorporates wording reflecting Pride in London‘s values: Protest, Visibility, Unity and Equality.

Modern, state-of-the-art printing technology also enabled artist Dominique Holmes to incorporate colour into the coin design. So, the rainbow coin showcases the colours of the Pride Progress Flag. The design includes 5 individual rainbows in addition to a chevron of white, pink and blue for the transgender community and black and brown for QPOC.

Pride in London’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Asad Shaykh, visited the mint to witness the minting of the rainbow coin.

“It humbles me greatly that the words that I coined for the brand, PROTEST, VISIBILITY, UNITY & EQUALITY – will be on an actual coin, opposite the Queen. This queer brown immigrant has come a long way, powered by hope, love and this city. Nowhere in the world had this been possible, except the UK. Pride in London feels very proud today.”

Silver, gold and brilliant uncirculated

As a commemorative coin, the special-edition rainbow 50 pence coin will not enter circulation. However, the mint will make it available for purchase over the British summer. The range includes silver and brilliant uncirculated versions with the colour components. There is also a gold version.

As part of the launch, the Royal Mint will also make a financial contribution to London LGBT Community Pride.

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