Did 2015 produce a rare £2 coin?

With every year that passes the Coin Hunt continues to evolve, as new commemorative coin designs are released. In 2015 alone there were £2 coins to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the Navy’s role in the First World War, a new Royal Arms design featured on the £1 coin and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was marked on a 50p.

The release of four new commemorative coin designs in a single year isn’t necessarily extraordinary in itself, but 2015 was a unique year for UK coinage. It proved to be a mini Coin Hunt in itself! It saw several changes that are definitely beyond our usual expectations. Britannia made her return to our circulating coins, replacing the Technology £2 as the definitive £2 coin, and the ‘heads’ side of UK coins also changed, with the introduction of the fifth and final portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. This all meant that there were 19 variants of 2015 coin designs that entered circulation!


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1066, the Battle of Hastings – the date that made history, remembered.

Cemented in the school curriculum, 1066 is a date that is sure to be familiar to most of us. In fact, due to the significance and impact of the Battle of Hastings, 1066 is arguably one of the most famous dates in British history. But how much do we actually know, or remember, about 1066 and the Battle of Hastings? With the 950th anniversary being marked this year and over five million Battle of Hastings 50p pieces expected to enter circulation, it’s sure to beg the question. So, on the eve on the anniversary, we’ve put the spotlight on ‘the date that made history‘.

battle of hastings 50p

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With the Olympic Games now upon us, here’s your ‘Guide to the Games’.

The Olympic Games are now upon us, with the opening ceremony of Rio 2016 taking place on 5 August. Across the world people are preparing to rally behind their favourite athletes. For die-hard sports fans the Road to Rio will have felt like a long one. While many of us will find it hard to believe that four years have passed since the Olympic Games graced Great Britain. So, before the Olympic Games get underway, we’ve put together a ‘Guide to the Games’ to make sure you don’t miss a sporting moment.

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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First World War commemorations continue with the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

It was on 1 July 1916, one hundred years ago, that one of history’s deadliest battles would begin. The Battle of the Somme is considered to be one of the bloodiest battles in military history. In total the battle spanned 141 days – ending on 18 November 1916 – and saw the British Army alone suffer more than 400,000 casualties. Now, on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Britain prepares to remember the sacrifices made as the First World War centenary commemorations, which began in 2014, continue.

As part of the commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, our First World War commemorative coin series continues with a new coin issue.

100th anniversary of the battle of the somme coin

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The 90th birthday festivities continue with The Queen’s official birthday

This weekend the nation continues the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, this time marking The Queen’s official birthday on Saturday 11 June. Ever since the seventeenth century it has been tradition to mark the monarch’s birthday on a day other than their actual birthday, should it fall outside of summer months. So, with The Queen’s actual birthday falling on 21 April, we celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday on a Saturday in June. From traditional celebrations, such as Trooping the Colour, to the fanfare and festivities of street parties and events, the official birthday celebrations to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday are sure to stretch far and wide as the nation celebrates Her Majesty’s personal milestone.


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England’s 1966 FIFA World Cup™ win celebrated with commemorative coin

In little over a week’s time, football will once again take over our televisions and newspapers. From 10 June to 10 July, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be competing at Euro 2016 in France, 50 years since a team from the ‘home nations’ last won a major trophy at the 1966 World Cup. Yesterday, the England football team played its final friendly before Euro 2016, against Portugal at Wembley Stadium, and a rather special coin was used to kick off proceedings…

1966 world cup coin

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The doors to The Royal Mint Experience are now open!

It’s been more than three years in the planning and making, but finally the doors to The Royal Mint Experience are open! Wednesday marked a true milestone in Royal Mint history, as we finally opened the doors and welcomed some of our first guests into the new, purpose built, visitor attraction at our site here in Llantrisant, South Wales. Far from the rare tours of the past, with a purpose built attraction and exhibition, as the name suggests, The Royal Mint Experience promises to be so much more. We were there on Wednesday, as we welcomed the first guests, to find out more and give you a sneak peek at what you’ll find inside…

the royal mint experience exterior

A year in the making…

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