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The Royal Mint has revealed its 2020 coin designs, including one which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's journey from the UK to the New World.
The Royal Mint, which has been minting British coins for well over 1000 years, is responsible for producing coins in the UK, and regularly marks important occasions and anniversaries with special designs. This year, as well as the design marking Mayflower 400 commemorations, coins will be issued with tributes to the 75th anniversary of VE Day, 200 years since the end of the reign of King George III, 100 years since the first book published by Dame Agatha Christie, and the UK's Olympic Team ahead of the Tokyo 2020 games.
The Mayflower emblem, which has been designed for the UK's £2 coin, will enter circulation during 2020. Proof copies and commemorative sets have also been developed of the Mayflower coin and other 2020 designs for budding collectors.
After unveiling the designs, Nicola Howell, Chief Commercial Officer at The Royal Mint, said "Our 2020 Annual Set commemorates a broad range of important historical events and people that have had a huge impact in how we live our lives today".
So next time you get a £2 coin among your change, keep an eye out for a design that marks one of the most important moments in the history of the Special Relationship.
If you're interested in the Mayflower story, check out the January/February 2020 edition of The American Magazine which includes an interview on the Mayflower with Sir Ranulph Fiennes.