Royal Celebration Series: 1977, The Silver Jubilee

Royal Celebration Series: 1977, The Silver Jubilee

In 2017, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will have been our queen for 65 years. In reaching this milestone, she will become the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee. In a series of blog posts we’re taking a trip down memory lane, recalling key anniversaries and celebrations from The Queen’s reign. The first installment of … Read more…

The ‘My Royal Mint’ coin video promotion

Here at The Royal Mint, we always love hearing from coin collectors about how much they enjoy the coins and coin sets we strike. In recent years, through facebook and twitter, we have seen this take on a new dimension with coin fans sharing photos of them and their collections with us.

Now, we would like to take that to the next level! We are calling on coin fans everywhere, all over the world, to send us short videos of the coins or coin collections they love.

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A Golden Age ends; The Sovereign on the eve of War

The year is 1914. Europe is on the brink of four long years of bloody conflict. The First World War would go on to change millions of lives, reshaping the political and social landscape of Europe and sweeping away many pre-war institutions and customs in the process.

One such casualty was Britain’s gold Sovereign which, although firmly established, was forever shaken by the devastating effects of such a war.

The eve of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War offers an opportunity to look back and reflect upon the role of The Sovereign at that time, a coin that by 1914 could be said to have reached a peak of accuracy, accepted and trusted throughout the world, enjoying a truly Golden Age.


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How The Royal Mint marked Remembrance Day 2013

To mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, The Royal Mint today conducted its annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the war memorial at our site in Llantrisant.

Staff gathered around the memorial for the Remembrance address and the laying of wreaths, which this year was conducted by our Financial Director, Vin Wijeratne, and a special guest.

The Rt Hon David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales, paid us a visit today, and while he was here he joined us for the Remembrance Day ceremony and laid a wreath at our war memorial.

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The Rt Hon David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales, lays a wreath at The Royal Mint war memorial as part of the annual Remembrance Day ceremony.

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Tradition fit for every little prince or princess

The eyes of the world were on St James’ Palace yesterday, 23rd October, for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge, first son to William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Well-wishers lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the future King and his family, and the guests, protocol and outfits of the day all featured strongly in the global media’s coverage of the event. As did our very own Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers, who spoke to journalists and fans outside the gates of St James’ Palace, proudly displaying our gold kilo coin, the first of its kind to celebrate a royal christening

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Gordon Summers, Royal Mint Chief Engraver, presents the 2013 UK Royal Christening Gold Kilo coin outside the gates of St James’ Palace, London (Picture: Reuters)

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Revealing the secrets of Ironside’s decimal coin designs

It’s been an exciting week for everyone here at The Royal Mint, and fans of the coins we are proud to make. Not only did we announce the design for the new coins that celebrate the christening of Prince George of Cambridge, but we were also delighted to host the BBC One Show on Monday evening.

They  were here to broadcast live from The Royal Mint as we pushed the button to start production of a new 2013-dated 50 pence piece that is going into circulation to commemorate the centenary of Christopher Ironside. Born in 1913, he was the man who designed the new coins that were introduced when our coinage went decimal back in 1971.

Christopher_IronsideIt was a very special occasion, as our guest of honour was none other than Mrs. Jean Ironside, Christopher’s widow. She was able to catch the first coin off the press, which we placed in a capsule and presented to her as a very personal memento.

If you missed this wonderful, historic moment, you can watch it for the next few days on the BBC iPlayer by clicking here.


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Some fast Friday coin facts

In our post yesterday we talked about some research we recently conducted into how much the population at large know about the coins in their pockets. We will share some of those results with you next week, but in the meantime we used some of the facts we uncovered to put together this great visual … Read more…

How much do we know about the coins in our pockets?

Everyone who works here at The Royal Mint, and all you coin fans out there, know that the coins of the United Kingdom are beautiful, intricate works of art, everlasting storytellers of the great events and figures of our history and culture. But how wide does that knowledge go? How much do the general public … Read more…