The UK Government has issued a controversial new coin into circulation, paying lip service to heaping pressure from various minority groups off the back of a summer marred by protests and violence over the recrudescent Black Lives Matter movement.
The new 50 pence piece will contain the slogan “diversity built Britain” and 2.5 million units of the new coin will enter circulation next week. According to the UK Government website: “The coin features a geodome, which represents a community of connection and strength, with each section working together to build something greater.”
The coin was designed by a mixed-race coin maker and activist Ms. Dominique Evans who reportedly used her experience growing up as a mixed-race woman in Britain to inspire the 50p piece’s design. Ms. Evans “has previously designed coins to mark VE Day, the Sapphire Coronation and Jane Austen.”