Do you have a rare coin in your pocket? Ever since the news that the 2009 Kew Gardens 50p is the rarest UK coin design in circulation, there has been an increase in interest in the mintage figures and rarity of the coins that are currently in circulation. There are over 100 different coin designs in circulation, 98 of which make up The Great British Coin Hunt, and with mintage figures largely driven by demand from banks and cash centres, some are certainly rarer than others.
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4 August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the day Britain, having declared war on Germany, entered the First World War.
It was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, on 28 June 1914 that set in motion a series of events which would lead to the beginning of the First World War. Following the assassination, Austro-Hungary served an ultimatum to Serbia; deeming the response to be unsatisfactory, they then declared war on Serbia on 28 July 1914.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are officially underway and the first batch of Glasgow 2014 50p coins has already begun to enter circulation. With coin collectors everywhere on the look out for the latest 50p to add to their Great British Coin Hunt Collector Albums, we caught up with one person who can’t wait to find this 50p in his change – the designer, Alex Loudon.
Designer Alex Loudon (left) created the design with the support of Dan Flashman (right)
You may already be a keen coin collector. You may just like coins in general and are thinking about starting a collection. Or maybe you’ve come across some of the coins we make here at The Royal Mint, as gifts, and are wanting to find out more about them? Whichever you are, you are sure to have seen the following words used in the descriptions of the coins we make: ’Proof‘, ’Brilliant Uncirculated‘, and ’Bullion‘.
Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting out, you may be left wondering ‘What is the difference between Proof, Brilliant Uncirculated and Bullion coins?‘
The Royal Mint produces three types of uncirculated commemorative coin finish, they are ‘Proof’, ‘Brilliant Uncirculated’ and ‘Bullion’. Simply put, Proof coins are the highest standard of commemorative coin produced by The Royal Mint. Brilliant Uncirculated coins have a higher standard of finish than Bullion coins, without the extra finishing and detail provided on Proof coins, and Bullion coins have a similar standard of finish to circulating coins.
If that rather simple explanation didn’t answer the question, take a look at our latest video that explores the differences between the three:
It was announced earlier this week that The Royal Mint would strike a coin to mark the first birthday of His Royal Highness Prince George on 22 July 2014. This is the first time that a United Kingdom coin has been struck to mark a royal first birthday, and it will be the third time coins have been struck for Prince George. His birth, christening and first birthday have all seen coins struck in celebration – each with a different design.
The design chosen to mark the first birthday is steeped in royal tradition. It was originally produced in 1953 by Edgar Fuller and Cecil Thomas to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation. It features a cruciform arrangement of the Royal Arms – four shields representing the nations of the United Kingdom arranged in a cross – and is interspersed with the floral emblems of the rose, shamrock, thistle and leek – symbolising the four constituent parts of the UK. Intended for special events, the design has only ever been used twice – Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953 and again for the 1960 crown. It hasn’t been struck for 54 years!
The World Cup is well underway and already offsides are proving to be a significant talking point. The most offsides in a 2014 World Cup game so far is 10. In England’s last match against Italy on 14th June 2014 there were 7 offsides in total.
How many offsides (total number of offsides awarded against both teams) do you think there will be in England’s World Cup match tonight against Uruguay?
Guess correctly and you could be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 Sports Edition Coin Hunt Collector Albums. Continue reading
When will we find the new coins in our change? It’s a question we are asked on a daily basis by those of you keen to continue your collections and get hold of those shiny, new designs.
As you’d imagine production of 2014 dated coins began on the turn of the year and they’ll continue to be produced right until 31 December 2014. However, accurately predicting when we’ll start to see these coins in our pockets isn’t an easy task. So I asked our circulating coin department for a bit of insight into it.