To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the UK's longest reigning monarch, the Royal Mint has created a limited edition £50 coin. The silver piece features an image of the Queen’s face on its head, surrounded by the Latin inscription ‘ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF’. On the back, meanwhile, is a depiction of Britannia, stood next to a lion while wearing a helmet on her head and holding a trident in her hand. Both designs come courtesy of engraver Jody Clark.
Earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria in the monarchy stakes. Victoria had the throne for 63 years and 216 days.
100,000 of the commemorative coins have been produced, and they’re available at face value from the Royal Mint’s website. Though it’s legal tender, you won’t be able to spend it on £50-worth of penny-sweets at your local cornershop, as the Royal Mint has declared that it isn’t ‘circulatory tender’. The Mint instead hopes it will be snapped up and cherished forever and ever by coin collectors.
This isn't the first bit of cash-themed excitement we've experienced this year. Just a couple of weeks ago, a pair of designers unveiled revamped £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes, and we rather liked them.