THE Royal Mint has launched a new commemorative £2 coin celebrating 150 years of the FA Cup.

The collectable £2 coin features the iconic FA Cup trophy at the heart of the design and will take centre stage for the coin toss at the Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley on May 14.

Designed by artists Matt Dent and Christian Davies, the trophy appears in miniature on the £2 coin.

It is etched with celebratory ribbon alongside the words ‘celebrating 150 years of The FA Cup’. On the highly secure milled edge of £2 coin is the inscription ‘football’s greatest cup competition’, a further nod to the landmark celebration of football’s longest-running knockout competition.

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The coin can be purchased in a range of base and precious metal finishers and is sure to be a hit with both sports lovers and coin collectors.

A silver version, with a certificate of authenticity baring the number 1, will be minted to the highest Proof standard for the coin toss in May. 

The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin Clare Maclennan said: “The Emirates FA Cup is an iconic footballing competition that has enabled clubs across the country to dream of lifting the coveted trophy for 150 years. In what is an extra special season for everyone involved in the game, we are thrilled to be working with The FA and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the much-loved competition with a commemorative £2 coin. Designed with the trophy at its heart, it is fitting that the coin will be used for the coin toss during Final at Wembley in May.” 

The FA’s Head of Player Status and Competitions, David Newton, said: “The parallels between The Royal Mint’s traditional craftsmanship and innovations, and the Emirates FA Cup’s rich history and evolution over the years mean that this special coin is an incredibly fitting celebration of the competition’s 150th anniversary season. We are delighted that it will be used for the Final’s coin toss and fans across the country now have the chance to take home their very own piece of silverware to savour for years to come.”

You can find more information about the collection at The Royal website here.