HC Deb 14 June 1977 vol 933 c140W
Dr. Edmund Marshall

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Jubilee crowns have been minted; how many are in circulation; and what steps he has taken to ensure that these coins are in the hands of the general public and not mainly commercial dealers.

Mr. Denzil Davies

Approximately 21.8 million cupro-nickel Jubilee crowns have been minted to date. Of these, some 20.7 million were issued to banks and post offices before the Jubilee holiday.

No bulk issues have been made from the Royal Mint to United Kingdom dealers. When it became clear that demand by Jubilee day would exceed supply, the banks and the Post Office were asked to give priority to children and counter notices were distributed urging the public to co-operate towards this end.

Minting is continuing at the rate of 1 million per week, with the intention that all the public's demands may be met in full.