Behind the design: 2018 Britannia

A fixture on coins for centuries, Britannia is more than just a symbol, she chronicles the history of the British Isles. Inspired and iconic, she channels the spirit of a nation. Her strength stems from her poise, her shield offers protection and her gaze is trained on the future, driving progress onward.

Each year Britannia is recast, presenting an opportunity for a British artist to reimagine our most famous national symbol. For 2018, David Lawrence returns Britannia to a more classical feel in a composition that channels the spirit of a nation. We recently caught up with David to find out a little more about his design.

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Paddington Bear joins us on UK coins!

The duffle coat, the suitcase, that hat… yes, the rumours were true, Paddington Bear is starting a new adventure and will feature on UK coins, with not one, but two 50p coin designs! This year marks the 60th anniversary since the first publication, today, Paddington is a British icon and we’re excited to celebrate Britain’s most-loved bear on UK coins for the first time.

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Behind the design: Her Majesty The Queen’s Sapphire Coronation 5oz and Kilo

In June 1953, Her Majesty The Queen was crowned in a ceremony that linked centuries of tradition with changing times. The young Queen Elizabeth II represented a renewed hope for a bright future and the start of a new chapter for Britain. The nation came out in force to celebrate and thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the procession.

Throughout her reign, The Queen has given the nation so many special moments and milestones to celebrate, and we have been proud to have been there for every anniversary and many other happy occasions. Now, as Her Majesty The Queen reaches another milestone, we mark the moment with two coin designs that celebrate the Sapphire Coronation. We recently caught up with Dominique Evans, designer of the Coronation 5oz and Kilo to find out a little more about her design.

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Behind the design: Her Majesty The Queen’s Sapphire Coronation

On 2 June 1953, Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey. Crowds lined the streets of London to watch the grand procession. The joy of that moment, on that special day, brought cheer to post-war Britain, now, 65 years later, we celebrate a remarkable reign on UK coins.

Two designs have been created for the occasion, both of which are Royal Mint designers; Dominique Evans and Stephen Taylor who is also the designer of The Longest Reigning Monarch £5 crown. We recently caught up with Stephen to find out the inspiration behind his coin design celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Sapphire Coronation.

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Behind the scenes: The 2018 Royal Wedding coin

On May 19 2018, His Royal Highness Henry of Wales will marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. We are sharing the memories and capturing the moment on an official UK £5 coin, bearing a double portrait of Prince Harry and Meghan. Earlier this year we were granted a sitting with Prince Harry and Meghan to capture photographs. The sitting provided designer, Jody Clark with additional reference material to develop a coin design, celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Take a look…

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Celebrating RAF100 with the Red Arrows

Formed at the birth of aviation, bringing together the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Force, the RAF was the world’s first independent air force and is recognised all over the world today for its capability, courage and innovation.

This year, we have joined forces with the RAF to mark their 100th anniversary, with a range of UK coins, celebrating the achievements of the men and women of the RAF and inspiring the next generation. The range begins with the RAF centenary badge £2 coin and continues with four aircraft.

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Behind the design: 2018 RAF Badge £2 coin

In the last months of the First World War, there was a new dawn in the skies as the Royal Air Force (RAF) came into being. Formed at the birth of aviation, bringing together the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Force, the RAF was the world’s first independent air force. Today, 100 years later we mark a century of capability, courage and innovation of the service, its aircraft and of the men and women who serve at home and abroad on UK coins.

To mark the RAF centenary, we have struck five UK £2 coins; four celebrating iconic RAF aircraft – the Spitfire, Vulcan, Sea King and Lightning II – and one inspired by the badge of the RAF. The 2018 RAF badge £2 coin was designed by Royal Mint designer, Rhys Morgan, we recently spoke to Rhys to find out a little more about the inspiration behind his design.

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The Great British Coin Hunt, Quintessentially British A – Z

It’s here, the day has come and we are so excited to finally introduce to you the Great British Coin Hunt, Quintessentially British A-Z! From the Angel of the North to the red-chested Robin, an English Breakfast to the perfect brew – we have used the alphabet to map out the A-Z of what makes Britain great. And, for the first time ever, we have struck commemorative designs on a 10 pence piece!

 

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Happy New Year – it’s the Lunar Year of the Dog!

Happy Chinese New Year! This year, we celebrate the Lunar Year of the Dog, an animal widely regarded as faithful and loyal. The dog follows on from last year’s Year of the Rooster and is the eleventh animal in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle.

Designer of The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào UK Lunar Coin collection and print-maker Wuon-Gean Ho says she is “always interested in depicting animals in motion” and this movement has been captured in her design; drawing on the dog’s playful side, the dog can be seen jumping through the air “leaping across the waves.”

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