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Royal Mint releases rainbow-colored coin to mark 50 years of LGBTQ+ Pride UK

Written by Lianne Kolirin, CNNLondon

Britain’s Royal Mint has issued a commemorative 50 pence coin to mark the 50th anniversary of Pride UK.

The coin, which will not enter circulation, was designed by London artist, writer and LGBTQ+ activist Dominique Holmes.

This is the first time Britain’s LGBTQ+ community has been celebrated on official UK coinage and forms part of the Royal Mint’s wider commitment to diversity and inclusion, according to its website.

The usual image of Queen Elizabeth II is featured on one side, while the reverse features five small rainbows — the symbol of Pride. The central rainbow bears the word “pride,” while the others are embellished with Pride in London’s values of protest, visibility, unity and equality. State-of-the-art printing technology was used to create the special edition color effect, the mint said.

The design also features the black, brown, pink,…

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