Coronation Street coins have been designed by the Royal Mint.

Coins celebrating the anniversary of Coronation Street have been released.

The Royal Mint has created a set of commemorative coins bearing the faces of popular characters in prime time soap opera Coronation Street for the first time.

The six special edition coins mark the 50th anniversary of the British soap, which has been running since 1960. Five of the coins will feature five of the soap’s most loved couples including Vera and Jack Duckworth, Ken and Deirdre Barlow and Bet and Alec Gilroy.

The sixth coin will feature an image of the Rovers Return – the street’s local pub.

The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coins Dave Knight said: “Every year the Royal Mint captures the likeness of statesmen and royalty around the world, but faithfully capturing the essence of ten, hugely loved television icons who, for the last 50 years have been regular visitors to millions of sitting rooms across the country, was a particular challenge”.

He added: “Coronation Street is a great, British institution and it’s only fitting that the Royal Mint should commemorate its cultural significance with the first ever soap-inspired medals”.

The coins made of cupro-nickel and plated gold are set to become collector’s items amongst fans and viewers.