Behind the design: Representation of the People Act 1918

Before and during the First World War very little of the general public had the opportunity to have their political voices heard. After decades of struggling to be heard a 100 years ago their voices were finally listened to and the 1918 Representation of the People Act was passed through Parliament with an overwhelming majority. A century later the act’s legacy lives on and democracy remains to be a crucial part of the lives of the general public of the UK. We mark this political milestone on a 50p coin designed by Royal Mint designer, Stephen Taylor. We recently caught up with Stephen to discover more about the story and inspiration behind the design of the Representation of the People Act 1918 50p coin.

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It’s not Christmas without…a sixpence in your pudding!

It’s not Christmas without spending time with family and friends passing on traditions. Stir-up Sunday is a tradition for some, which has been in the family for years, with a silver sixpence that has been passed down through generations. If the tradition of Stir-up Sunday is not one that you follow in your household then mark this year’s Stir-up Sunday as the start of a new family Christmas tradition.

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