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New 50p coin will be launched to commemorate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year

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THE Royal Mint has announced a new 50p coin will be launched next year to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

It will be the first time a royal event will appear on the tails side of the coin and the design has even been approved by the Queen.

Featuring the number 70 to denote the number of years the Queen has reigned up to 2022, her cypher will also be nestled inside the zero as the central focus of the design.

Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, said: "The Royal Mint has a proud history of striking coins for British monarchs and 2022 sees one of the greatest celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen with the upcoming Platinum Jubilee.

"Marking 70 days until the anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne, the Royal Mint is delighted to reveal the commemorative Platinum Jubilee 50p design ahead of its launch in the new year.

"In recognition of the landmark occasion, this is the first time a royal milestone has been commemorated on a 50p coin and is a fitting celebration for Britain's longest reigning monarch."

The new design will join a collection of commemorative crown pieces from the Royal Mint over the years, which have celebrated the Queen's Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees.

Included in one of the largest collections made by the Royal Mint, the coin will be unveiled next year alongside a commemorative £5 crown.

Collectors of coins can register their interest to the Royal Mint to claim the commemorative 50p piece.

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