Newly Minted Rainbow Coin Honoring LGBTQ Pride Is A Thing Of Beauty

The colorful 50-pence piece marks a landmark moment for the LGBTQ movement in the United Kingdom.
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A colorful new coin has been minted to mark the 50th anniversary of the LGBTQ pride movement in the United Kingdom.

London artist Dominique Holmes designed the 50-pence piece, which was a collaboration between the U.K.鈥檚 Royal Mint and the Pride in London group.

The colors of the pride flag feature alongside the values of Pride in London: protest, visibility, unity and equality.

The transgender community is represented via white, pink and blue stripes. Queer people of color are honored with black and brown ones.

The coins will not be introduced into general circulation, but will be available to buy online.

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With the coin, Holmes said they wanted to 鈥渆voke images of the original pride marches 鈥 the hand-made placards and protest signs calling out the demands of the brave LGBTQ+ people who were taking to the streets to fight for their rights.鈥

鈥淚 wanted it to really highlight the ethos and drive behind pride as a movement,鈥 they told HuffPost via email. 鈥淭hese days it is so often dismissed as just a 鈥榩arade鈥 and a 鈥榗elebration鈥 when in fact it has always been much more than that.鈥

Holmes initially had 鈥渕ixed feelings鈥 about the project, saying they were 鈥渏aded by the amount of corporate pinkwashing that has derailed the important social and political drive behind pride.鈥

鈥淏ut I could see that they were trying to work with the community to provide authentic allyship鈥 and the coin is now 鈥渄efinitely sparking conversation,鈥 they added. 鈥淭he negativity around the coin鈥檚 release from anti-trans campaigners really highlights that we still have a long way to go, and shows how marginalized the Queer community still is.鈥

Asad Shaykh, Pride in London鈥檚 director of marketing and communications, said the creation of the coin was humbling.

鈥淭his queer brown immigrant has come a long way, powered by hope, love and this city,鈥 Shaykh added in a statement the Royal Mint shared online. 鈥淣owhere in the world had this been possible, except the UK. Pride in London feels very proud today.鈥

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