By BBC staff for BBC News, 1 January 2016
Images representing Shakespeare plays and Beatrix Potter tales will be among those featuring on coins in 2016, the Royal Mint has said.
The coins are meant to give a snapshot of Britain over the past 1,000 years.
The histories, comedies and tragedies of Shakespeare will be depicted on £2 coins, 400 years after his death.
A 50p coin will honour Beatrix Potter to mark the 150 years since her birth, while another commemorates the Battle of Hastings, 950 years ago.
A picture of the Great Fire of London will be embossed onto a £2 coin to mark the event’s 350th anniversary.