A Turning Point in British Democracy.
With the calls for political reform to enable more voices to be
heard at the polls growing ever louder, the Representation of the People
Act passed through Parliament in 1918. It gave voting rights to all men
over the age of 21 and women over the age of 30, who met minimum property
qualifications. It was a landmark step on the road to equal representation
and to the democratic freedom we enjoy today. The coinís design by Stephen
Taylor, a graphic designer at The Royal Mint, shows newly registered
voters lined up to cast their vote for the first time.