We love a new coin in the UK, don't we? Checking change every time you're handed some on the off chance you've been passed a 50p worth a tenner or rare 20p with no date on that your mate said you can flog on eBay for hundreds.

If you're already keeping an eye out for Olympic 50p pieces and £2 coins that feature the Great Fire of London, then you might also want to be aware of the four new, limited-edition coins about to be released by the Royal Mint.

To celebrate 200 years since Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, was published, a special Frankenstein £2 coin is being released.

One hundred years after Shelley created Dr Frankenstein and his monster, women were given the vote - well, as long as they were over the age of 30 - as part of the Representation of the People Act.

The Act also meant that servicemen over 19 and all other men over 21, could now vote. To commemorate this important political change, the Royal Mint has issued this 50p coin.

Also celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year is the Royal Air Force. The RAF came to be in 1918, during the First World War, so to mark the occasion this special RAF £2 is being passed into circulation.

November 2018 will mark 100 years since the end of World War I and to commemorate this important anniversary this £2 coin has been created featuring the words: 'the truth untold, the pity of war' from Wilfred Owen's Strange Meeting poem.

Dr Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, said: "This is an important year for The Royal Mint, as amongst our 2018 coin themes are the centenaries of three key events that have shaped the country as we know it today.

"The Representation of the People Act 1918 50p remembers the moment women were first given the right to vote, whilst 200 years of Mary Shelley's Dr Frankenstein are marked in a £2 coin.

"Two more £2 coins honour moments that will be occupying the thoughts of many this year, the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice, and the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force."

If you happen to find any of these in change, they're worth keeping hold of, at least until you can check what they're selling for on eBay.

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