Royal Mint's new coins celebrate what makes Britain great

James Bond, fish and chips, an English breakfast, the Loch Ness Monster and even queuing are celebrated in a new collection of "quintessentially British" 10p coins which will soon show up in people's change.

The collection of 26 new 10p designs, unveiled by the Royal Mint, is intended as an A to Z of what makes Britain great - from the Angel of the North to a zebra crossing.

Queuing coins
Queuing is depicted on the new Royal Mint coins (Royal Mint/PA)

The English breakfast coin depicts a fried egg, bacon, sausages, tomato and beans, while the James Bond coin says: "007".

English breakfast
A hearty English breakfast, complete with fried egg, sausages, bacon, tomato, mushroom and beans is on the new coins (Royal Mint/PA)

Stonehenge, a double decker bus, the NHS and the Houses of Parliament are also celebrated in the collection, which is released into general circulation from Thursday alongside collectors' versions available to buy from the Royal Mint website.

Double decker bus
A double decker bus appears on the new 10ps (Royal Mint/PA)

The Royal Mint also has a "great British coin hunt" app, allowing coin hunters to create a digital collection of the coins they find in their change.

Users can download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play, to scan the coin with their camera. They can also link the app to their social media to share what they find in their pockets and wallets.

James Bond coin
A James Bond coin is among the collection of new 10ps (Royal Mint/PA)

There is also a heat map within the app, showing where different coins are being found and directing them to swap shops where they can trade coins with fellow collectors. Users can also use the app to have a go at designing their own coin.

World wide web coin
The world wide web is celebrated by the new coins (Royal Mint/PA)

Anne Jessopp, chief executive at the Royal Mint, said: "These designs were selected because we feel they represent a diverse mix of elements that make up the country we all love.

Angel of the North
The Angel of the North coin (Royal Mint/PA)

"There is a lot to be proud of in the UK - whether it's at the highest level, our Houses of Parliament representing democracy and freedom of speech, technological advancements such as Tim Berners-Lee's world wide web, or just a good cup of tea, it's all here in the designs.

"We hope the British public is inspired to take part in the great British coin hunt by checking their change for those miniature works of art that spell out just some of the many iconic themes that are quintessentially British."

Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster makes an appearance on the new coins (Royal Mint/PA)

Dr Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, said the new collection is a departure from the standard way in which the Royal Mint has celebrated what is great about Britain in the past.

He said: "We have marked great events, celebrated engineers, politicians and of course royalty.

Ice-cream cone
An ice-cream cone is one of the designs for new coins (Royal Mint/PA)

"This series really drills down into the heartland of what makes Britain British. It's the granularity of British life celebrated on the coinage."

More information about the coins can be found at www.royalmint/coinhunt.

Stonehenge coin
The landmark of Stonehenge is depicted on the new coins (Royal Mint/PA)

The full great British coin hunt range is as follows:

A - Angel of the North
B - Bond... James Bond
C - Cricket
D - Double decker bus
E - English breakfast
F - Fish and chips
G - Greenwich mean time
H - Houses of Parliament
I - Ice-cream cone
J - Jubilee
K - King Arthur
L - Loch Ness Monster
M - Mackintosh
N - National Health Service
O - Oak tree
P - Post box
Q - Queuing
R - Robin
S - Stonehenge
T - Teapot
U - Union flag
V - Village
W - World wide web
X - X marks the spot
Y - Yeoman
Z - Zebra crossing

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