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Royal Mint releases rainbow-colored coin to mark 50 years of LGBTQ + Pride UK

Written by Lianne Kolirin, CNNLondon

Great Britain Royal coin has issued a memorandum of 50 pence coin on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Pride United Kingdom.

The coin, which does not go into circulation, was designed by London artist, author and LGBTQ + activist Dominique Holmes.

This is the first time the UK’s LGBTQ + community has been celebrated on official British currency and forms part of Royal Mint’s broader commitment to diversity and inclusion, according to its website.

The usual image of Queen Elizabeth II is shown on one side, while the back has five small rainbows – the symbol of pride. The central rainbow bears the word “pride”, while the others are adorned with Pride in London values ​​of protest, visibility, unity and equality. State-of-the-art printing technology was used to create the special edition color effect, the coin said.

The design also has the black, brown, pink, blue and white stripes Progress Pride flag, developed in 2018 by non-binary American artist and designer Daniel Quasar.
The statement quoted Asad Shaykh, director of marketing and communications at Pride in Londonlike saying, “It humbles me greatly that the words I invented for the brand, PROTEST, VISIBILITY, UNITY & EQUALITY – will be on an actual coin, to the Queen.

“This queer brown immigrant has come a long way, driven by hope, love and this city. Nowhere in the world would this have been possible except Britain. Pride in London feels very proud today.”

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Clare Maclennan, Director of Commemorative Coins at the Royal Mint, said in the statement: “The 50th Anniversary of Pride UK is a milestone celebration and it is a privilege to mark 50 years of progress with this 50p coin. This is the first ever British coin dedicated to Britain LGBTQ + community, with color printing technology capturing the spirit of Pride UK with its iconic rainbow colors. “

The coin will be available for purchase on the Royal Mints website this summer.

Back in 2019 was Royal Canadian Mint similarly issued a $ 1 coin combining the words “Equality” and “Equality” with the work of Vancouver-based artist Joe Average.

Royal Mint releases rainbow-colored coin to mark 50 years of LGBTQ + Pride UK

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