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Royal Mint and Royal Mail £5 coin showcases created by Silk Pearce

A special coin cover for The Royal Mint and Royal Mail which showcases two new £5 coins have been created by Silk Pearce to celebrate the lives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

A special coin cover for The Royal Mint and Royal Mail which showcases two new £5 coins have been created by Silk Pearce to celebrate the lives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

The coin cover is designed to appeal to those with a historical interest and includes includes two stamps from a new set called The House of Tudor; a richly illustrated insert card with information on the Tudor era along with two specially-struck uncirculated £5 coins.

The Henry VIII crown celebrates the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne in 1509 and the second coin, issued in 2008, marks the 450th anniversary of Elizabeth I’s accession in 1558.

Silk Pearce’s design for the envelope uses portraits and quotes from Henry and Elizabeth against a floral Tudor pattern. The insert card, which was also designed and written by the consultancy, featuring images of Hampton Court, oil paintings and facts and coinage from the period.

Each cover is individually numbered as part of a limited edition of 20,000. The front face of the Henry VIII £5 crown has been designed by sculptor John Bergdahl and the one for Elizabeth I by silversmith Rod Kelly. The House of Tudor set of six stamps is being issued by Royal Mail, with each stamp showing an individual portrait of one of the Tudor monarchs.

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