The government has ordered a new commemorative Brexit 50p coin after the delay to the UK’s exit from the EU forced the Royal Mint to destroy the previous batches.
Ex-chancellor Philip Hammond originally announced plan for a commemorative coin for March 29th, but had to scrap the plans when Theresa May’s Brexit deal failed.
Chancellor Sajid Javid then ordered a production of the celebratory coins in advance of the original departure date of October 31st.
The delay meant about a million coins had to be melted down and the metal put aside until a new departure date was confirmed.
After a meeting of the Privy Council this week, the Queen issued a proclamation that new “gold, silver and cupro-nickel coins” will be minted with the updated departure date of January 31.
They will also feature the slogan “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations”.