2016: coins with character, The Royal Mint Experience and a whole lot more.

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back on a year packed full of coins, milestones and new beginnings. It’s safe to say 2016 has been an exciting year here at The Royal Mint. There were coins with a lot of ‘character’ – in a year that saw 36 commemorative coin designs released, The Royal Mint Experience visitor attraction opened, we won the Best Storyteller (Company) award at the 2016 UK Blog Awards and the Royal Mint Museum celebrated its 200th anniversary. Outside of events here at The Royal Mint, Team GB brought home a record breaking haul from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Euro 2016 was full of surprises and Her Majesty The Queen celebrated her 90th Birthday. 2016, remembered…

The coins of 2016

Where else to start, other than the coins of the year – and what a year it has been! In total there were 36 different 2016 commemorative coins designs released. There were seven new 50p designs and five new £2 coin designs alone – all of which entered circulation, making it a rather busy year for your Coin Hunt! The 2016 commemorative coin designs covered a wide variety of anniversaries, events and interests, from Beatrix Potter to the Battle of Hastings. Here’s a look back at the coins of 2016. We’d like to know what your favourite coin of 2016 was – vote here.

Let us know which design was your ‘favourite coin of 2016’! You can vote in our poll, here.

 The Royal Mint Experience opened

Since the announcement on 24 April 2014 that we would be building a new visitor attraction at our site in Llantrisant, the opening of The Royal Mint Experience has been highly anticipated. May 2016 saw the doors to this new attraction finally open, with the first members of the public walking through the doors of The Royal Mint Experience on 18 May 2016. Since then, we have welcomed more than 55,000 visitors. If you are looking for something to do over the festive season, The Royal Mint Experience is open on Christmas Eve from 10am to 1pm, on 27 – 30 December from 10am to 4pm, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 10am to 1pm. You can book tickets here.

The Royal Mint Museum turned 200!

On 12 February 2016, The Royal Mint Museum celebrated its 200th anniversary. In its 200 years, the museum’s collection has grown to now encompass nearly 100,000 coins, as well as a collection of some 31,000 tools and 18,000 plasters. To find out more about the museum and how its collection has grown over 200 years, read our blog here.

We won a UK Blog Award

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who voted for The Royal Mint blog at the 2016 UK Blog Awards. We were thrilled to take home the 2016 ‘Best Storyteller’ award and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without your support. We’re pleased to say that we have been nominated for another UK Blog Award this year, so keep your fingers crossed and we’ll be sure to let you know how we get on!

And we’d like to thank you for being a BIG part of this fantastic year!

We’ve enjoyed all of the photos, comments and stories you’ve shared with us on social media. You’ve shared new additions to your collections, your Coin Hunt finds, visits to The Royal Mint Experience and much more, and we’ve enjoyed watching your collections grow and sharing your experiences throughout 2016. We’d like to wish you a  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Who’s looking forward to what 2017 has in store for coin fans everywhere?