The Royal Mint has released four coins dedicated to the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, in which William the Conquerer of Normandy defeated King Harold, England’s last Anglo-Saxon monarch. The anniversary design is available on a 22-karat gold Proof coin, a .925 silver Proof piece, a .925 silver Proof Piedfort version, and a copper-nickel Brilliant Uncirculated coin.
The obverse features Jody Clark’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, D.G. REG. F.D., and the denomination of 50 PENCE. The reverse carries John Bergahl’s rendering of an image found on the Bayeux Tapestry, which offers the only contemporary visual record of the battle.
The gold coin is available for £755 and has a mintage limited to 500 pieces. It weighs 15.5 grams and measures 27.3 mm in diameter.
The silver Proof coin is available for £50.00 and has a mintage limited to 6,000 pieces. It weighs 8 grams and measures 27.3 mm in diameter. The Piedfort version costs £100.00, with a mintage limit of 3,000 units. It has the same diameter as the other coins, but weighs 16 grams and has twice the thickness.
The Mint has also released a copper-nickel Brilliant Uncirculated piece, which costs £10.00 and does not have a listed mintage limit. It is the same size as the silver Proof coin.
For more information on the 2016 Battle of Hastings 950th anniversary coins, please visit the Web site of the Royal Mint.