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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.

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

What to look forward to in 2015

2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for coin collectors. Two announcements in particular have many of us eagerly awaiting the coins of 2015 with much anticipation. In November, The Royal Mint not only announced the 2015 UK commemorative coin themes but also revealed plans for a fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen.

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The Royal Mint’s Christmas Advent Calendar is back

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!

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Could this be the best Advent Calendar you open this Christmas? #MintChristmas

What is Stir-Up Sunday?

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.

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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!

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The 2015 UK coins announced

The new coins for 2015 have been announced and are now available on royalmint.comThe 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.

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