Budget 2018: Philip Hammond to announce commemorative Brexit 50p coin

A special edition coin will be released to mark BrexitMore

A special edition coin will be released to mark BrexitMore

The news that Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to unveil plans for a new 50p coin to commemorate Brexit was met with. you guessed it, absolute derision on social media.

It is understood that the coin will be available from 29 March, the day Britain leaves the EU.

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It is expected to carry the words "Friendship With All Nations" in an attempt to send out a "positive message" to the rest of the World.

The commemorative coin has had to be personally signed off by the Queen, as it will bear her head, but The Sun quotes a source close to the Chancellor as saying: "It's an historic moment which will rightly be commemorated".

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Of course, it being Twitter, lots of people made the same joke about what the new coin will be worth after we leave the European Union - as the value of the pound continues to drop as we teeter closer to exiting the bloc.

Last year, the Royal Mint issued more than 66 million new 50p pieces in five different designs featuring the Beatrix Potter characters Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher and Benjamin Bunny, as well as the physicist Isaac Newton.

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