Coins honour British design classic

The 50th anniversary of a British icon - the Mini - is being celebrated through a series of special coins, it has been announced.

The Royal Mint has produced 2,000 sets consisting of four £5 coins in silver proof and costing £175 a set. The coins feature designs related to the car`s motorsport success, as well as its unique form and influence on the 1960s.

The Mini, which became a British design classic and roared into the national consciousness at the height of swinging London, is the first car to be represented across a complete set of Royal Mint coins.

The Mint has also produced a range of £1, £5 and £10 coins in silver and gold proof, with prices ranging from £9.95 to £275.

Dave Knight, director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint, said: "The Mini's design has truly stood the test of time, proving itself to be as great a British icon as Concorde, red telephone boxes and double-decker buses.

"For this reason, we felt compelled to pay tribute to Sir Alec Issigonis' revolutionary Mini."

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