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Ahead of the UK's departure from the European Union this week on January 31, a new coin design has been released by the Royal Mint to commemorate the occasion. The design, which will be on the UK's 50 pence piece, includes a quote that Americans will be familiar with - words which echo the sentiments of former US President Thomas Jefferson.
The words etched on the new coin state "Peace, Prosperity and Friendship with all nations." The quote reflects a phrase from Jefferson's inaugural address, when the 3rd US President described his policy of "peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations".
The coin, which was unveiled yesterday by Chancellor Sajid Javid, had first been ordered for production in October 2019. Eventual production was delayed until this month, with the UK's Withdrawal Agreement now confirmed. Discussing the launch of the design, Mr Javid said "Leaving the European Union is a turning point in our history and this coin marks the beginning of this new chapter."
Could the use of a quintessential American phrase symbolize the much discussed potential of a US-UK trade deal? It could be interesting times ahead for the Special Relationship if this new chapter in the UK's history sees a strengthening of Transatlantic ties.