The 2024 Annual Sets feature five specially selected coins that commemorate some of the most iconic places, figures and institutions in British history. The themes explored in the 2024 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set include Buckingham Palace, Sir Winston Churchill, the National Gallery, the RNLI, and the British Olympians and Paralympians taking part at Paris 2024. This set also includes the eight definitive UK coins of 2024, from the 1p through to the £2 coin. Struck to Brilliant Uncirculated standard, which is a higher standard than circulating coins, the obverse of each coin in this set features the official coinage portrait of King Charles III.
In 2024, The Royal Mint celebrates Buckingham Palace as the official London residence of His Majesty King Charles III. Recognised all over the world, the working royal palace has become synonymous with the British monarchy and today, it is the administrative headquarters for His Majesty The King. This historic palace has served as the official London residence for every British monarch since the reign of Queen Victoria and has become the centre of State Visits and national celebrations. This £5 coin features a reverse design that pays tribute to this remarkable palace. The obverse features the official coinage portrait of King Charles III designed by Martin Jennings.
Marking the Birth of Sir Winston Churchill
One of the most recognisable figures in British politics, Sir Winston Churchill led Britain to victory during the Second World War. The year 2024 marks 150 years since the birth of this historic leader who served as Britain’s Prime Minister twice. This UK £2 coin features a reverse design that depicts a young Churchill during his time in the Cavalry army and includes the edge inscription ‘PAVE THE WAY FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM’. In late 1953, while serving his second term as Prime Minister, Churchill was recorded as saying, ‘I have no more ambitions, but a last task I still see in front of me… is to ease world tension, to pave the way for peace and freedom.
200 Years of the National Gallery
The National Gallery has been making art accessible to everyone for 200 years in 2024. Founded in 1824, when Parliament agreed to purchase 38 paintings from the financier John Julius Angerstein, the Gallery’s initial collection was displayed in Angerstein’s house, until a dedicated building was commissioned and opened at Trafalgar Square in 1838. As of 2024, the National Gallery is home to more than 2,300 paintings produced by a variety of artists that are available for the public to view. This UK £2 coin features a reverse design that shows the iconic building of the National Gallery and includes the edge inscription ‘MAIORVM GLORIA POSTERIS LVMEN EST’, which means ‘The Glory of our ancestors is a light to our descendants’.
RNLI: 200 Years and Counting
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been saving lives at sea for more than 200 years.
Founded by Sir William Hillary in 1824, the RNLI has saved more than 144,000 lives since its inception, operating as a charity that relies on donations. In 2001, the RNLI began providing lifeguard patrols and now operate on over 240 beaches across the UK and Channel Islands. Lifeguards provide in-water rescue, give first aid and speak to the public about water safety to prevent incidents from happening. This UK 50p coin features a design that incorporates key RNLI symbols, including its flag and a life ring, alongside an inscription highlighting the 200th anniversary of the charity.
Celebrating British Olympians and Paralympians
The year 2024 will see the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad held in Paris, France, exactly 100 years since the city last hosted the Olympic Games. This will also be the first time that France has hosted the Paralympic Games, which are traditionally held in the same host city as the Summer Games. Both Team GB and ParalympicsGB aim to unite and inspire the nation through the power of sport. This UK 50p coin honours the British Olympians and Paralympians that will be looking to build on their previous successes at Paris 2024.