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Critics of the coin have called it “pointless” and a “waste of public money.” The £5 coin references the Queen’s first Christmas speech, featuring her words “my heart and my devotion”.
Twitter users responded to the new coin, many with derision.
One asked: “How much is this costing the public?”
“Waste of public funds,” another said.
Many pointed out that a coin seems an antiquated commemorative item when most people use digital currecy predominantly.
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“Really? Seems pointless when we mostly use digital funds,” one said.
“Absolutely pointless,” another wrote, when one more said: “Yeah, cos people use coins more there days.” [sic]
Some seemed simply unenthused at the idea entirely.
“Excuse me for not getting exited,” one wrote.
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Another said, quite bluntly: “Who bl**** cares?”
But not all were so negative. One said: “Well deserved. Amazing lady.”
“It’s tempting to look for one…(I’m in the US so..),” another said.
“How can I get one?” another asked.
Clare Maclennan, of the consumer division at The Royal Mint, said: “This year’s annual set is particularly special for The Royal Mint as we celebrate one of the biggest milestones in our 1,100-year history – the anniversary of decimalisation.
“This was one of the largest and most intensive public awareness campaigns ever staged by the government and introduced the coins that we know today.
“Decimalisation was the birth of modern coin collecting and it is fitting that the anniversary has been celebrated on a 50 pence, which is Britain’s most loved coin.”
The collection includes a number of coins commemorating other anniversaries.
They are the 250th anniversary of novelist Sir Walter Scott and another literary anniversary, the 75th anniversary of the death of science fiction write HG Wells.
Royal Mint also launched new Winnie the Pooh 50p coins.
Christopher was the son of A.A. Milne and the inspiration behind the characters in his father’s book series, Winnie the Pooh.
As well as being a much-loved children’s book series, many will know Winnie the Pooh from its film depictions by Disney.
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