Today the Royal Mint Museum marks its 200th anniversary! To celebrate this milestone, for 200 days the Museum will share its collection on Facebook, taking a look at a new object each day and revealing some remarkable objects from the collection along the way. In its 200 years, the collection has grown to now encompass nearly 100,000 coins, as well as a collection of some 31,000 tools and 18,000 plasters. But just how has the collection grown and developed over that time?
Happy Chinese New Year! This year, we celebrate the Lunar Year of the Monkey, a time for ambition and adventure. The monkey is the ninth animal in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle and it follows on from last year’s Year of the Sheep. In contrast to the calm and gentleness of the sheep, the monkey … Read more
With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we caught up with Wuon-Gean Ho, designer of The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào UK Lunar Coin collection, to find out more about her Year of the Monkey coin design. This is now the third coin Wuon-Gean has designed for the Lunar coin collection, so we also took the opportunity to find out more about the lino cutting technique that she uses to create her designs.
On 4 January the public vote for the 2016 UK Blog Awards opened and, for the first year ever, The Royal Mint Blog has been nominated for an award. Our blog has been entered into the Arts and Culture and Best Storyteller categories and now we need you, our readers, to help us bring home our first ever award! So, if you’ve enjoyed reading any of our blog posts in this last year, we would really appreciate your vote. Click the ‘vote now‘ image below to register your vote.
We recently announced the commemorative themes for 2016, and what a response we’ve had. We’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic feedback we’ve received on our Facebook and Twitter; it is safe to say that 2016 is set to be a bumper year for UK coins!
To recap, in total we have revealed eight new UK coins so far. These include one 50p, one £1 coin, five £2 coins, and one £5 coin. Anniversaries for The Great Fire of London, the Battle of Hastings and William Shakespeare are all marked alongside the last ’round pound’, a £2 coin honouring the role of the Army in the First World War and a £5 coin marking Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. But, have the recently updated collector albums revealed that there are yet more to come?
If you follow The Royal Mint on social media, you will have noticed that last Sunday was ‘Stir-Up Sunday‘ – a day when families and groups get together to make their Christmas puddings. Traditionally the final ingredient to be stirred in to the mix is a silver sixpence – it is believed to bring the finder wealth and good luck for the year to come. Some families have used the same Christmas sixpence for as long as they can remember, passed down from generation to generation. As for others, this year’s Stir-Up Sunday marked the start of a new family Christmas tradition.