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11 October 2016, 08:53
The Mayor Of Hastings has helped mint the new 'Battle of Hastings' 50p to mark 950 years since the historic fight.
Hastings mayor Cllr Judy Rogers has ‘struck’ her own commemorative Battle of Hastings 50p coin on a visit to the Royal Mint to see the special coins being made.
Cllr Rogers was invited to the Royal Mint with Cllr David Furness, mayor of Battle, and they made the trip to Llantrisant, in the Welsh valleys on Monday (10th October). They were met by Adam Lawrence, the Royal Mint’s chief executive, and given a tour of the site, including a visit to the Royal Mint’s museum.
Cllr Rogers said :- “It was a fantastic day out, and I was honoured and privileged to be able to ‘strike’ my own Battle of Hastings commemorative 50p.
“It was fascinating to see other coins being struck too, including the new twelve-sided £1 coin which goes into circulation next year, and the Royal Mint museum. This included coins going back over 1000 years, including coins that were used in the time of both Harold and William.
“The special commemorative 50p coins can be bought from the tourist information centre at Breeds Place, Hastings, and they will also be on sale at the 1066 Country stand at the Battle re-enactment over the weekend.”