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Royal Mint UK Announces Welsh Dragon Silver £20 Coin


The Royal Mint has struck a commemorative fine silver £20 coin featuring the Welsh dragon – an enduring symbol of Wales – celebrating the spirit of its people.

The organisation, which has recently opened its brand new family-friendly ‘Royal Mint Experience’ visitor attraction, has been based in Llantrisant, South Wales, since its move from Tower Hill in 1968. The Welsh Dragon Celebration 2016 UK £20 Fine Silver coin marks The Royal Mint’s journey from the heart of London to the ‘home of the dragon’ and highlights the opening of The Royal Mint Experience, along with the world-renowned craftsmanship of The Royal Mint’s designers, engravers and toolmakers.

Director of Commemorative Coin Anne Jessopp said: “This Welsh Dragon £20 coin portrays the Welsh spirit and the excellence and craftsmanship of our workforce – something of which we are all so proud.”

UK 2016 Welsh Dragon £20 Silver Commemorative Coin. Information courtesy of The Royal Mint

About the design

welsh_dragon_obvThe dragon design is by sculptor Norman Sillman who trained at the Royal College of Art and became a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy. He received his first commission from The Royal Mint in 1958.

The design is taken from a drawing provided by the College of Arms. It first appeared on the £1 coin in 1995 and 2000 as part of a series depicting the four nations of the United Kingdom, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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The Welsh Dragon fine silver coin is a commemorative coin, which is not designed to be spent and will not be entering general circulation; it has been struck in a Brilliant Uncirculated ‘mint condition’ finish designed to be a collectable, retailing at £20.00.

The Royal Mint
The Royal Minthttps://www.royalmint.com/
The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 the Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on Tower Hill in London. In 1967, the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage. Today, the Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.

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