Hemming campaigns for Britannia coin comeback

by Stephen Tall on February 9, 2009

Has Britannia been missing form your life? Last year, the Royal Mint removed the image of Britannia from the UK’s coins, where her image has appeared since 1672. Now Lib Dem MP John Hemming has launched a new campaign to restore Britannia to her rightful place. I kid you not. The Birmingham Post reports:

John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley) wants Britannia to make a comeback and believes the £2 coin would be the perfect place for her return. The campaign has won the support from MPs of all parties after setting out his proposal in a House of Commons motion.

Britannia was removed from the 50p piece as part of a revamp of the nation’s currency last year, when new designs were introduced for every British coin. On one side is the Queen’s head, while the other features part of a coat of arms showing the symbols of the UK nations. If all the coins are placed side by side, the full coat of arms can be seen.

But the revamp has meant that many traditional features of our coins have been lost, including the portcullis on the one penny piece and the lion on the 10p coin. The loss of Britannia from the 50p coin has been the most controversial change, and provoked staunch criticism when the changes were announced.

Mr Hemming said: “She has been on coins in Britain for 2,000 years, since Roman times. At the moment, the £2 coin has an Olympic symbol but that will change after the Games in 2012, and that’s when we should bring back Britannia. However, she should never have been removed from our coins in the first place.”

Here’s an alternative suggestion: Britannia should make a re-appearance when the UK adopts the Euro. Any takers…?