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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Two of the 7 new UK coins to feature Beatrix Potter and Shakespeare

New coins in 2016 will feature images from Shakespeare plays and Beatrix Potter stories.

New Shakespeare £2 coinsNew 50p piece and Queen's portrait

The latest portrait of the Queen also appears on all seven new coins.
A skull and rose, and a crown and sword are just some of the pictures that will be on £2 coins to represent Shakespeare's work.
To mark 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, a 50p coin has been designed with Peter Rabbit on.
The Royal Mint, who make all of the UK's money, say the new coins are meant to give a snapshot of Britain over the past 1,000 years.

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The Royal Mint has released a series of new coins for 2016 including a £2 with a 
representationof Hamlet's court jester Yorick's skull to mark the 400th anniversary of 
William Shakespeare's death. The coins that have been revealed today (1 January) will 
feature three designs to represent the Bard's work.The skull placed next to a thorny 
rose represents Shakespeare's tragedies while the history plays are represented by a £2
coin with a crown design, and his comedy works are reflected by a motif of a jester's 
Another new £2 coin shows the London skyline ablaze to mark the 350th Anniversary 
of The Great Fire of London in 1666.
Another new £2 coin for this year is entitled The Army UK £2 and has a design of soldiers 
marching shoulder-to-shoulder. The three Shakespeare coins were designed by renowned
 sculptor John Bergdahl, and carry an inscription of the playwright's name.
Royal Mint designs for new 50p coins have also been revealed with two celebrating 
thelife and works of children's author Beatrix Potter on the 150th anniversary of her 
birth.One features a silhouette of the author and the second a portrait of her most 
famous children's character, Peter Rabbit.

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