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In Pictures: UK coins unveiled

New 1p coin

The Royal Mint has unveiled designs for seven UK coins, the first time they have been changed in 40 years.

New 2p coin

The coins feature different details of the royal coat of arms, which will reveal the full image when placed together.

New 5p coin

The coins are expected to enter circulation gradually this summer, alongside the 27 billion coins currently in circulation.

New 10p coin

The front of the coins will continue to bear a portrait of the Queen, and the 2 coin remains unchanged.

New 20p coin

The royal coat of arms are a symbol of the reigning monarch, first used on coins in the mid-14th Century.

New 50p coin

Only four non-royals have appeared on coins: Oliver Cromwell, Horatio Nelson, Winston Churchill and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

New 1 coin

The designs were chosen through a competition which attracted more than 4,000 entries.

Coins designer Matthew Dent

The winning designer, Matthew Dent, 26, from Bangor, said it was a "tremendous honour" for his designs to have been chosen.

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