The Royal Mint’s (July 4) latest face-value commemorative silver coin with a high denomination features the Welsh dragon, an enduring symbol of Wales.
The 2016 Welsh Dragon Celebration £20 Fine Silver Coin is issued in recognition of the Royal Mint’s newly opened and family-friendly ‘Royal Mint Experience’ visitor attraction based in Llantrisant, South Wales. Since the Mint’s 1968 move from Tower Hill in the heart of London to the ‘home of the dragon,” Wales has been home to the world-renowned craftsmanship of the Royal Mint’s designers, engravers, and toolmakers.
The dragon design, which is taken from a drawing provided by the College of Arms, will be familiar to those who are acquainted with the current circulation pound coin reverse design, which was introduced in 1983 and appeared on the £1 coin both in 1995 and 2000. The design itself was part of a series depicting the four nations of the United Kingdom: England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The design is the work of sculptor Norman Sillman, who trained at the Royal College of Art and became a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy. He received his first commission from The Royal Mint in 1958.
The obverse includes the fifth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, introduced in March 2015. It is the work of Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark and is now used on all circulating coins and most commemorative issues in the United Kingdom.
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The Welsh Dragon fine silver coin is a commemorative piece which is not designed to be used as legal tender and as such will not be entering general circulation. It has been struck to Brilliant Uncirculated quality and retails for its face value. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Mint, please visit their Web site. International orders will be dispatched where applicable.