A new coin to mark the profound contribution minority communities have made to the shared history of the United Kingdom will enter circulation next week.
Around 2.5 million of the coins, which recognise and celebrate Britain’s diverse history, will be released on Monday.
The coin features a geodome, which represents a community of connection and strength, with each section working together to build something greater.
It was designed by Dominique Evans, one of the UK’s foremost designers, who has previously designed coins to mark VE Day, the Sapphire Coronation and Jane Austen. It was inspired by Ms Evans’ own personal experience growing up as a mixed-race woman.
The new 50p signals the intent of the Royal Mint and the Chancellor to include a wider range of people on coins and notes in the future.
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, commissioned the coin earlier this year following discussion with the ‘We Too Built Britain’ campaign, which works for fair representation of minority communities’ contributions across all walks of life.
He held a roundtable on Thursday with coin designer Dominique Evans, Blondel Cluff CBE (CEO of the West India Committee), campaigners Zehra Zaidi, Professor Patrick Vernon, and Deputy Master of the Mint Anne Jessopp to mark the launch of the coin.
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said:
Alongside the release of the coins, the Royal Mint and the West India Committee will also issue education packs to primary schools in England and Wales, so children have the opportunity to learn about these achievements.
The government will consult with stakeholders including “We Too Built Britain” and other groups representing minority communities on the themes of future coins in this series.
Dominique Evans, coin designer at The Royal Mint, said: