The Royal Mint has unveiled a rainbow-coloured 50p to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pride movement in the UK.
History has been made with the new addition as it is the first time the nation’s LGBTQ+ community has been recognised on an official coin however it wont be released into general circulation
Designed by east London artist and activist Dominique Holmes, it is inscribed with the words protest, visibility, unity, and equality – Pride in London’s key values.
It comes weeks before Pride month, a time dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities across the world.
It is held in June as this was the month the Stonewall riots erupted in New York, triggering the rise of LGBTQ+ rights movement across the world.
Asad Shaykh, director of marketing and communications at Pride in London, said it was ‘a privilege to visit The Royal Mint and see our coin being made’.
‘It humbles me greatly that the words that I coined for the brand … will be on an actual coin, opposite the Queen’, he said.