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.
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: