15 June 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – the Great Charter – regarded by many as the foundation of liberty and democracy in the United Kingdom and across the world.
Gold bars, such as these, are little more than a movie prop to most of us. To own just one of these gold bars, that weigh around 400oz, would cost you somewhere in the region of £300,000, depending on the live price of gold. Far beyond reality for most of us! Well, we have some exciting news, because as of today, as little as just £20 can buy you a piece of the dream.
For the last few months, thousands of people have been ‘flocking’ to London where a ‘ewe-nique’ art trail has been taking place to raise money for UK children’s hospitals. ‘Shaun in the City‘ is a public art trail organised by the creators of Shaun the Sheep and the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation. A flock of 50 five-foot tall sculptures of ‘Shaun the Sheep’ are situated at landmarks across London and, like we did in 2013 for the Gromit Unleashed trail in Bristol, The Royal Mint has sponsored and designed its very own sculpture. Meet Shaun-xiào…
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the ‘Penny Black’, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp. Issued in Britain from 1 May 1840 by the famous reformer, Rowland Hill, the Penny Black made history. It introduced the concept of fixing a small label to an envelope to confirm payment to the Post Office for postal services. This first postage stamp became popularly known the world over as the ‘Penny Black’ due to the colour of ink used in its printing and its denomination of one penny.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon George Osborne has this morning revealed the winning design for the new £1 coin following the public design competition launched in September 2014. The final design, which will feature as the definitive reverse of the coin – the ‘tails’ side – is based on a design submitted by fifteen-year-old David Pearce from Walsall.
After a long wait, we are pleased to announce that the eagerly-anticipated fifth portrait of Her Majesty The Queen has been unveiled today.
The portrait was unveiled this morning, in front of a packed crowd at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It was the first chance to see the fifth definitive coinage portrait of The Queen which will begin to grace all UK circulating coins made after today. However, it is unlikely that we will find them in our change until later this year – as all coins struck before today will make their way into circulation first.