The Royal Mint is now accepting orders for its 2016 Portrait of Britain £5 Silver Collection, which includes four silver coins celebrating famous natural sites located around the United Kingdom. The coins feature images of Snowdonia in Wales, Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, the Lake District in northern England, and the White Cliffs of Dover along the southern coast. The four-piece series is available for £295.00 and has an overall mintage limit of 2,016 sets.
Snowdonia is the highest peak in Wales and is associated with the legend of a powerful ogre that is purported to live there. The reverse of the coin features an color image of the snowy mountain and the inscription, SNOWDONIA.
The Giant’s Causeway is a remarkable geologic formation on the coast of Northern Island. It is known for large square and cylindrical rocks that descend into the sea, suggesting the stairs of a giant. A color image of Giant’s Causeway’s rock formations appears on this coin’s reverse, with the distant sea and sky appearing in silver. GIANT’S CAUSEWAY is inscribed along the rim of the piece.
The Lake District of northern England contains the country’s largest mountains and lakes. The foreground of this coin’s reverse features an image of a craggy mountain and tree, with a wide lake and distant mountain rendered in silver in the background. LAKE DISTRICT is inscribed along the rim.
Finally, the White Cliffs of Dover are famous as the gateway to England, located as they are at the southeastern edge of the country, separated from France by the Strait of Dover. The cliffs appear on the reverse of the Dover coin, with color accents adding vividness to the vegetation and the shore. WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER is inscribed along the rim in the field of the design.
All four coins share an obverse design that carries Jody Clark’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, D.G. REG. F.D. (A Latin abbreviation for “By the Grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith”), 5 POUNDS, and 2016.
The reverses were designed by Glyn Davies and Laura Clancy, who visited the sites before creating the images. Each coin carries a Proof finish, weighs 28.28 grams, and is composed of 92.5% silver.
This is the second set in the Mint’s Portrait of Britain series; 2015’s coins featured four architectural landmarks located around the U.K. For more information on the 2016 Portrait of Britain £5 Silver Collection, please visit the Web site of the Royal Mint.