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Royal Mint UK Celebrates William Shakespeare on New Proof Silver Coin


At over 1,000 years old and Britain’s oldest manufacturer, The Royal Mint must be one of the few organizations that can claim to have its products referenced throughout the works of Shakespeare. Royal Mint coins such as the halfpenny, farthing and noble have all taken their turn on the Shakespearean stage, in plays that include Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

It is not only The Royal Mint’s coins that are featured in Shakespeare’s works – one-time Master of the Mint, nobleman William Hastings, appeared in Henry VI and also in Richard III, in which Shakespeare tells of his unfortunate demise.

Another coin with a link to Shakespeare – a commemorative £50 silver proof piece – has now been struck by The Royal Mint to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. The coin is the grand finale in its 2016 circulating and commemorative coin series celebrating the works of the playwright. Featuring theatre’s comedy and tragedy masks to represent the range of themes covered by Shakespeare, the coin has been designed by renowned sculptor and coin designer, John Bergdahl.

John Bergdahl said: “There is no definitive proof of how Shakespeare might have looked, but there is a popular perception, so I took inspiration from a black and white engraving to create the masks; for me the two faces summed up his genius.”

400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare £50 Silver Commemorative Coin. Info courtesy The Royal Mint UK

This coin is a commemorative coin so banks, post offices and shops will not accept them.

If individual customers wish to discuss the return of this coin now or in the future please contact our customer services team on 0345 6088 300.

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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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