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About Dan Oliver

Daniel is the Social Media & Content Marketing Manager at The Royal Mint. Before joining The Royal Mint in January 2014 Daniel worked in a number of Digital Marketing roles.

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.

In November 2014 – as the 2015 coin designs were unveiled – it was also revealed that the coinage portrait of The Queen would be changing. Then, on 27 January 2015 – the 50th anniversary of the death of the designer of the first portrait of The Queen, Mary Gillick – it was announced that the grand reveal would take place today, 2 March 2015.

With the unveiling of the portrait came the unveiling of its creator. For the first time in over 100 years it is a Royal Mint engraver who has created the royal coinage portrait. Jody Clark, designer of the 2014 Britannia, was today confirmed as the artist responsible for the fifth portrait – after his design was selected from a number of anonymous submissions.

Jody Clark - Royal Mint Engraver and creator of the fifth definitive coin portrait of Her Majesty The Queen

Jody Clark – Royal Mint Engraver and creator of the Fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen

Initial sketch of the royal portrait by Jody Clark

Initial sketch of the Fifth Royal Portrait by Jody Clark

There are some noticeable changes to The Queen’s image in the new portrait by Jody Clark. Her Majesty is seen wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation and earrings, similar to those in the portrait by Raphael Maklouf, are included. The Inscription ELIZABETH II – DEI – GRA –REGINA – FID – DEF hasn’t changed, however its position has, encompassing the effigy entirely. The familiar I.R.B (Ian Rank-Broadley) is replaced by the J.C of Jody Clark.

The Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-BroadleyThe Fifth Portrait by Jody Clark

A feature that is unique to this portrait of The Queen, is that Jody Clark created it entirely digitally. Using computer aided design software, he was able to take his initial sketches and transform them into the low-relief model required for coinage.

Jody Clark at work on the Fifth Portrait

Jody Clark at work on the Fifth Portrait

Be one of the first to own coins featuring the fifth portrait of The Queen. Sets featuring the new portrait are now available on royalmint.com.

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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10 interesting facts about Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill lived to the age of 90, and in those years he accomplished many things. Most of us will remember Winston Churchill, the politician, and he is certainly remembered for his contribution to the Second World War, but that is just one side of this great man’s story. His life and work are well documented, and too vast for a single blog post, so here are our top 10 interesting facts about Winston Churchill: Continue reading