The Royal Mint

Gavin Drake reports for Anglican Communion News Service:

Britain’s Royal Mint has produced the United Kingdom’s first Christmas coin, and has turned to the Rt. Rev. Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St. Asaph in Wales, for its design. Cameron, former deputy secretary general of the Anglican Communion, designed the U.K.’s last round pound, released in May.

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The Royal Mint is issuing 30,000 of the new £20 silver coins. The coins have been produced for the collectors’ market and, while legal tender, are not designed for general circulation. People who purchase the coin will receive a booklet “with space to note down your favorite moments of 2016 and wishes for the coming year,” the Royal Mint said.

“Commemorative coins are generally treasured for their aesthetic and collectible value, or for their rarity,” the Mint said. “Collectors appreciate the detailed hand-finished processes and expert skills used to make them.”

The design features the Magi’s visit to the holy family, bringing gifts in homage to Jesus.

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