Royal Mint reveals new coin designs (UK)

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The Royal Mint has unveiled the biggest changes to Britain's coinage in 40 years to a chorus of disapproval.

Historians, designers, and MPs have criticised the changes which show elements of the Queen's coat of arms on the reverse of seven coins from the penny to the pound.

In pictures: The designs which will feature on the reverse of seven British coins
The six designs on the 1p through to the 50p coins can be pieced together to form a complete image of the royal coat of arms.

The £1 coin features the complete Royal shield. The design, chosen after a nationwide competition, is designed to underline the Government's commitment to the Union.

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