One hundred pounds (British coin)

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One hundred pounds
United Kingdom
Value100 pounds sterling
Mass62.86 g
Diameter40.00 mm
EdgeMilled
Composition.999 fine silver
Years of minting2015–16
Obverse
DesignQueen Elizabeth II
DesignerIan Rank-Broadley
Design date1998
DesignQueen Elizabeth II
DesignerJody Clark
Design date2015
Reverse
DesignBig Ben
DesignerGlyn Davies and Laura Clancy
Design date2015
DesignBuckingham Palace
DesignerGlyn Davies and Laura Clancy
Design date2015
DesignTrafalgar Square
DesignerGlyn Davies and Laura Clancy
Design date2016

The one hundred pound coin (£100) is a commemorative coin of the pound sterling. Issued for the first time by the Royal Mint in 2015 and sold at face value, one hundred pound coins hold legal tender status but are intended as collectors' items and are not found in general circulation.

Design[edit]

The designs which have appeared on the hundred pound coin's reverse are summarised in the table below.

Year Event Design Edge inscription Designer
2015 Big Ben Davies & Clancy
2015 Buckingham Palace Davies & Clancy
2016 Trafalgar Square Davies & Clancy

Big Ben[edit]

The first minting of a new commemorative coin denominated £100 was announced on 29 December 2014;[1] the coins contain 62.86 grams (2.217 oz) of fine silver, with a diameter of 40.00 millimetres (1.575 in).[2] The first mintage of this denomination totalled 50,000 coins,[1] and sold out within 11 days.[3]

The 2015 issue features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and an image of Elizabeth Tower, often called Big Ben after the bell it houses, on the reverse.[2]

In August 2015, the packaged coin was reported being sold on eBay for £130.[3]

Buckingham Palace[edit]

In early August 2015, the Royal Mint announced a second £100 coin would be minted;[3] the new issue, as with the previous, would be limited to 50,000 coins, each made of .999 fine silver, weighing 62.86 grams (2.217 oz) and having a diameter of 40.00 millimetres (1.575 in).[4]

This second issue features an image of Buckingham Palace by Glyn Davies and Laura Clancy on the reverse, while on the obverse is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark, making it the first face-value coin to feature that portrait.[4]

Trafalgar Square[edit]

In 2016, the Royal Mint announced a third £100 coin would be minted, featuring Trafalgar Square; the new issue was limited to 45,000 coins, each made of .999 fine silver, weighing 62.86 grams (2.217 oz) and having a diameter of 40.00 millimetres (1.575 in).[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Royal Mint makes £100 coin featuring Big Ben clock tower". BBC News. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Big Ben 2015 UK 100 pound Fine Silver Coin". Royal Mint. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Stone, Leah (7 August 2015). "Royal Mint issues second £100 silver coin after last one sold out in 11 days – but are they a good investment?". This is Money. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Buckingham Palace 2015 UK £100 Fine Silver Coin". Royal Mint. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Trafalgar Square £100 Coin". The Royal Mint. Retrieved 30 January 2017.