First World War commemorations continue with the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

It was on 1 July 1916, one hundred years ago, that one of history’s deadliest battles would begin. The Battle of the Somme is considered to be one of the bloodiest battles in military history. In total the battle spanned 141 days – ending on 18 November 1916 – and saw the British Army alone suffer more than 400,000 casualties. Now, on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Britain prepares to remember the sacrifices made as the First World War centenary commemorations, which began in 2014, continue.

As part of the commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, our First World War commemorative coin series continues with a new coin issue.

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The 90th birthday festivities continue with The Queen’s official birthday

This weekend the nation continues the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, this time marking The Queen’s official birthday on Saturday 11 June. Ever since the seventeenth century it has been tradition to mark the monarch’s birthday on a day other than their actual birthday, should it fall outside of summer months. So, with The Queen’s actual birthday falling on 21 April, we celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday on a Saturday in June. From traditional celebrations, such as Trooping the Colour, to the fanfare and festivities of street parties and events, the official birthday celebrations to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday are sure to stretch far and wide as the nation celebrates Her Majesty’s personal milestone.

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England’s 1966 FIFA World Cup™ win celebrated with commemorative coin

In little over a week’s time, football will once again take over our televisions and newspapers. From 10 June to 10 July, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be competing at Euro 2016 in France, 50 years since a team from the ‘home nations’ last won a major trophy at the 1966 World Cup. Yesterday, the England football team played its final friendly before Euro 2016, against Portugal at Wembley Stadium, and a rather special coin was used to kick off proceedings…

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Your Collections: Jacob Darby

This year, The Royal Mint has invited coin collectors far and wide to share their collections with us and our Royal Mint blog readers. From old coins to new, commemorative to circulating, we’re getting to know more about you and your collections; from the whys to the whats, putting your collections in the spotlight in our new ‘Your Collections’ blog feature.

So far we have had a wonderful response to our Facebook request and have thoroughly enjoyed reading through your responses. In our first edition of Your Collections we introduced you to 42 year old Robert Durrant from Reading, and now, for our second installment we have 16 year old coin collector, Jacob Darby.

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The doors to The Royal Mint Experience are now open!

It’s been more than three years in the planning and making, but finally the doors to The Royal Mint Experience are open! Wednesday marked a true milestone in Royal Mint history, as we finally opened the doors and welcomed some of our first guests into the new, purpose built, visitor attraction at our site here in Llantrisant, South Wales. Far from the rare tours of the past, with a purpose built attraction and exhibition, as the name suggests, The Royal Mint Experience promises to be so much more. We were there on Wednesday, as we welcomed the first guests, to find out more and give you a sneak peek at what you’ll find inside…

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A year in the making…

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Behind the design: The last ‘round pound’

As we get ready to bid a fond farewell to a coin that has earned a place in our hearts, pockets and history, the ’round’ pound, we celebrate the artistry that has featured on the coin for the last thirty-three years across twenty-five designs.

Gregory Cameron, a Bishop of the Anglican Church in North East Wales, is a keen amateur artist and coin collector and it’s his design that features on the commemorative last ’round pound’. For his design, Gregory drew inspiration from heraldic beasts and the Royal Arms, to incorporate the four nations – each represented by their national heraldic beast, standing proud. On his recent trip to The Royal Mint, we caught up with Gregory to find out a little more about his inspiration for his last ’round pound’ design.

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We won! The Royal Mint blog was voted the ‘Best Storyteller’ Company at the 2016 UK Blog Awards

A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for The Royal Mint blog in the 2016 UK Blog Awards. We’re delighted to tell you that, having been shortlisted for both the ‘Arts and Culture’ and ‘Best Storyteller’ categories, we were awarded the ‘Best Storyteller’ Company award at a ceremony in London last week. Whether it’s old coin … Read more