The Britannia £2 Coin Unveiled on … Britannia!

April 13, 2015

The Royal Mint have unveiled a new commemorative £2 coin on-board P&O’s flagship Britannia.

The coin, which shows a Britannia design, was unveiled on its namesake and will be displayed on-board the vessel.

The new design seen on the coin will go onto newly minted coins later this year.

Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin and Medals, said: “The birth of two iconic Britannia’s almost simultaneously is an important event which The Royal Mint and P&O Cruises wanted to mark in an appropriate manner.

“It gives me great pleasure to visit our coin’s namesake and it is an honour to have the opportunity to commemorate the launch of the cruise ship Britannia.”

Britannia’s captain Paul Brown said: “It is a great honour to receive this special commemorative coin and very fitting that we are on board Britannia, which is ‘the nation’s ship.’”

“The name Britannia has great historical resonance with P&O Cruises’ long and famous heritage and, most importantly, both the ship and new £2 coin pay homage to our past and celebrate the forward-looking Britain of today and the future.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “It is great to see Britannia’s welcome return to our currency. Making her first appearance on our coins in the 17th Century Britannia is an enduring symbol of our national identity, ideal to help reinforce the strong sense of shared purpose and history for modern Britons.”

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