The 2008 Emblems of Britain Silver Proof Set, struck in .925 sterling silver, is the new set of coins the British Royal Mint is issuing to mark the occasion of a major change in the legal tender coinage since decimalisation. New designs from the 1 pence to the pound will reflect the more modern twenty-first century Britain.
According to the mint, "The Silver Collection comprises seven coins bearing the definitive reverse designs, the portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS on their obverse, and are all dated 2008. Each coin is struck in .925 sterling silver to Proof quality. For such a magnificent collection, the Royal Mint has commissioned high-quality black leather-effect cases designed exclusively to house the silver Proof coins. An informative booklet featuring a potted history of the iconic designs completes the presentation. Incorporated into each booklet is an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Deputy Master of the Royal Mint. A fully illustrated and informative presentation folder telling the story of decimalisation has been specially created for this collection of silver Proof coins."
There is a low issue of 10,000 collections and all coins in the collection are dated 2008. They will be available from 19th November 2007.
The Mint advises also that, "As for their designs, a new portrait of the Queen by Arnold Machin RA had already been prepared and approved, while for the reverse designs it was announced in November 1966 that a public competition would be arranged. More than 80 artists took part and, from the 900 or so designs that were received, a series by Christopher Ironside was eventually approved, his designs drawing praise for the 'lack of clutter', a requirement that had been stressed in the creative brief."
Price for the collection is £149.95 and the Code is UKL8SPS.
The mint is taking order now and The 2008 Emblems of Britain Silver Proof Set is set to be a much sought after collectors item in the coming years and is likely to be snapped up by collectors and dealers directly they are issued.