The Royal Mint’s Christmas Advent Calendar is back! And this year it’s bigger and better than ever! Behind each door is a new surprise: there are competitions, offers, exclusive content, firsts, sneak previews and much more! Each surprise will expire at midnight on that day, so be sure to check back every day otherwise you could miss a real Christmas treat! Click the picture below to open the calendar, then unlock today’s window!
Could this be the best Advent Calendar you open this Christmas? #MintChristmas
The last Sunday before Advent is often referred to as ‘Stir-Up Sunday’, and no it’s not a day for gossip. It is traditionally the day when Christmas puddings should be made in order for them to have enough time to mature before Christmas Day. It’s a day to bring the whole family together, as it’s tradition for every family member to take it in turns to stir the Christmas pudding mixture and make a wish.
As well as the tradition of every family member stirring the Christmas pudding mixture, it’s also tradition for a coin to be added to the ingredients and cooked in the pudding – it is said to bring luck and wealth to whoever finds the coin on their plate on Christmas Day (the traditional coin was a silver sixpence). The pudding mixture should also be stirred from East to West in honour of the Three Wise Men, and some puddings are even made with 13 ingredients to represent Christ and his Disciples.
There’s sure to be more stirrers than ever this year, following the popularity of The Great British Bake Off – a mere 12.3 million tuned in to the BBC to watch the final, beating the broadcast of the World Cup final! If you’re making a Christmas pudding this Stir-Up Sunday, share your pictures on The Royal Mint’s Twitter and Instagram using #StirUpSunday @RoyalMintUK and we’ll share our favourites – there may even be a little prize for our favourite photo! – Don’t forget to add your own lucky silver sixpence!
The new coins for 2015 have been announced and are now available on royalmint.com. The biggest reveal in today’s announcement is that these 2015 UK coins will be the last coins to feature the fourth portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. Next year the definitive portrait of Her Majesty The Queen is to be updated for the first time since 1998.
Included in the line up for 2015 are two commemorative UK £5 coins; one to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and one to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. There are two commemorative UK £2 coins; the Royal Navy First World War £2 and the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta £2, and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain is marked on the only commemorative UK 50p. 2015 also sees Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic St. George and The Dragon design feature once again on The Sovereign.
The Coin of the Year 2015 nominations have been announced by Krause Publications. The coins nominated for this year’s awards were released in 2013, and represent the highest achievement in theme, design and marketing from mints and central banks around the world. There are 94 nominees across 10 categories, and the awards will be presented as part of the World Money Fair held in Berlin next year.
We’re delighted to say that a number of our very own coins have been nominated! They are:
Best Circulating Coin:
150th Anniversary of the London Underground 2013 £2
Best Contemporary Event:
The 60th Anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation 2013 £5
Royal Christening 2013 £5
Best Gold Coin:
The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Benjamin Britten 2013 Gold 50p
Britannia, a flagship coin of The Royal Mint, returned in 2014 with a new design by one of The Royal Mint’s very own engravers, Jody Clark.
The image of Britannia first appeared on Roman coins nearly 2,000 years ago and has been synonymous with the coinage of Britain for centuries. It was in 1672 that her image was first struck on the coins of Britain, and it has appeared on the coins of every British monarch since. The Royal Mint’s flagship Britannia coin was launched in 1987 and Jody’s design is the eleventh in the collection. In an interview with Jody, we’ve gone ‘Behind the design’ to find out what it’s like to portray such an iconic figure…
George Osborne, The Chancellor of the Exchequer and Master of the Mint, recently announced the start of a public competition to design the new £1 coin. The winning design will feature on the reverse, or ‘tails’, of the new UK £1 coin, expected to enter circulation in 2017. The competition offers one lucky winner the chance to put their artwork into the hands of millions of people as the existing £1 coins are gradually replaced after 34 years of service.
The design competition not only represents an opportunity of a lifetime to see your design on this ground-breaking coin, but you will also receive £10,000 in exchange for the right to use your design and will get the chance visit The Royal Mint to strike your very own coin. The competition is open to the public, anyone can enter regardless of age or nationality, and it will run until 23:59 on Thursday 30 October 2014. Competition packs and entry forms can be downloaded from royalmint.com. To find out more about the design competition click here.
The Royal Mint has today launched a new bullion website, www.royalmintbullion.com. The website will enable customers to buy and sell gold and silver bullion coins quickly, effortlessly and securely, 24 hours a day.
It’s often thought that there are several barriers to buying bullion, and that buying gold and silver as an individual has its complexities. However, The Royal Mint’s new website aims to make the process quick, easy, safe and secure, for everyone.