The college-age child of a friend accepted a summer job in London and went early to witness the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Earlier today, I joined my friend on a video talk with the group of U.S. students staying in a London hotel.
During the discussion about the atmosphere around the streets of London, I asked about coins and medals that they encountered. All of the students found a 50 pence coin issued by the Royal Mint, and almost every shop and street vendor carried the coin they included in making change.
Other souvenirs the group collected are aluminum tokens with images commemorating the jubilee. The tokens were reminiscent of Mardi Gras tokens. Some found tokens that were the size of the old large penny with images of the Queen at various ages.
A few found currency-looking commemoratives, and they were designed as £70 notes with images of the Queen. The reverse has the name and address of a London business using the notes as an advertising opportunity.
The jubilee celebration is over, but the collectibles will live on.
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