HC Deb 15 October 2002 vol 390 cc593-4W
Barbara Follett

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans Her Majesty's Government have for the issue of commemorative coins next year. [74806]

Mr. Gordon Brown

Her Majesty The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve my recommendation that the following commemorative coins should be issued in 2003: a crown piece of five pounds face value to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of her Coronation; a two-pound coin to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA; a fifty pence coin to mark the hundredth anniversary of the formation of the Women's Social and Political Union.

Collector versions of these coins will be released early next year at a premium above face value and, during the course of the year, the coins will be also become available at face value from banks and post offices.