3 reasons to flock to London this Bank Holiday Weekend

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…


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What is the ‘Penny Black’?

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.


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St George and The Sovereign

Happy St George’s Day! As a coin collector, we’re sure that the image of St George and the dragon will be familiar to you – but how did England’s Patron Saint come to span 198 years on The Royal Mint’s flagship gold coin, The Sovereign?

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The new £1 coin winning design revealed

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.


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The fifth portrait of The Queen is unveiled

After a long wait, we are pleased to announce that the eagerly-anticipated fifth portrait of Her Majesty The Queen has been unveiled today.

A 2015 £1 coin bearing the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The queen

A 2015 £1 coin bearing the fifth definitive coin portrait of Her Majesty The Queen

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.

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Britannia returns to circulating coins!

We are delighted to announce that Britannia is to return to the circulating coinage, on the new definitive £2 – she hasn’t been struck on circulating coins since 2008!

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The new depiction of Britannia will replace Bruce Rushin’s ‘History of Technological Achievement’ design that has been a constant feature on the £2 coin since its first issue in 1997.

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Chinese New Year 2015: Year Of The Sheep

This year, Chinese New Year falls on 19 February. It will mark the end of the Year of the Horse and the 2015 Year of the Sheep will begin – you may also see it referred to as the Year of the Goat and the Year of the Ram, as the Chinese symbol ‘yang’ is generic for these animals. More specifically, 2015 is the Year of the Green Wood Sheep. Like me, you may well be wondering what that means?


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