Royal Mint reveals plans for rainbow 50p coin to mark 50 years of the Pride movement in the UK

Graham Robson May 21, 2022

The Royal Mint has released plans for a rainbow 50p coin designed by LGBTQ+ artist, writer and activist Dominique Holmes to mark 50 years of the Pride movement in the UK.

The coin, produced in collaboration with Pride in London, features Pride in London’s values of Protest, Visibility, Unity and Equality.

Asad Shaykh, Pride in London’s director of marketing and communications, said: “It humbles me greatly that the words that I coined for the brand- protest, visibility, unity and equality – will be on an actual coin, opposite the Queen.”

Royal Mint has said that a donation will be made to London LGBT Community Pride as part of the launch.

Clare Maclennan, the Royal Mint’s director of commemorative coins, explained that the coin is to celebrate a huge milestone and will “capture the spirit of Pride UK”.

This is the first time the LGBTQ+ community has been celebrated on an official UK coin. It won’t go into circulation but will be available to buy online.