The Great Pound Coin Quiz – the Winning Poems

We asked you to send in poems as a tie-breaker. Here are our favourites. Thanks for entering everyone! Leave us a comment to let us know which ones you like. The Winner, from Luke Luke’s poem was our favourite, and he got all the questions right as well…so he wins! Congratulations Luke, enjoy your UK … Read more…

A penny for your thoughts…

Well ok, it’s actually a no longer available London 2012 Handover to Rio Silver Proof £2 Coin for your thoughts…but we’re sure you don’t mind!

As we are giving away a Silver penny to every baby born on the same day as the Royal baby, we have decided to run a quick competition to test your penny knowledge!

All you have to do to enter, is to answer the three questions below correctly and submit the form to us.

The competition closes on the 19th July 2013 at 17:00pm and is open to UK residents only.

How to find the answers?

You can find the answers to each of the questions on The Royal Mint website, The Royal Mint Museum website, and on this blog!

The winner!

The winner is (drum roll please)

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Your Royal Mint Facebook questions answered!

The Royal Mint’s social media team were lucky enough to have a work experience placement called Leah for a week in July 2013. We asked Leah to post on Facebook asking people to suggest questions that they would like to be answered. Leah researched and wrote the answers to your questions.

You can read her findings below!

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Gromit unleashed – the making of ‘The National Treasure’

When The Royal Mint was asked to take part in the ‘Gromit unleashed’ exhibition, we were excited by the opportunity to do something really special.

We knew we had a lot to live up to, being in the company of people like Aardman’s very own Nick Park and Peter Lord, iconic designers Sir Paul Smith and Cath Kidston, illustrators Sir Quentin Blake and Martin Handford (creator of ‘Where’s Wally’) and many more besides.

So what could we do? Well it had to include coins, of course, and with mosaic artist Stephanie Roberts involved the ideas quickly began to flow. To add a finishing touch to the masterpiece, the Royal Mint’s Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers was tasked with creating a medallion from a design crafted in plasticine by Nick Park himself!

Would it all come together? Read on to find out.

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Baby and Christening gifts – Coins as part of gifting traditions

Typical gifts for a new baby tend to be practical. Nappies, blankets, bottles, clothes, and toys are eminently sensible, but they lack a sense of occasion. Many new parents find they pass on clothes, extra bottles and accumulated toys to their friends without having made any use of them.

Christenings pose a different set of problems for the unwary gift-giver. What do you buy that balances the requirement to give something appropriately traditional with something that the recipient will value? Many people know that silver plays a traditional role in bringing luck to the occasion, but what to buy? Photo frames, jewellery, spoons and napkin rings are popular…but while they can be highly attractive and of excellent quality, we feel that nothing compares to a coin.

Silver coins from The Royal Mint capture all of our 1,100 year heritage and craftsmanship. Each is year-dated making them a contemporary way to mark the occasion of the birth forever. We offer a range of coins for all occasions, from Baby Journals, to silver coins and sets. Here we list some of our favourites.

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This Father’s Day give a gift that revives the passion for collecting Royal Mint coins

Many people are introduced to coin collecting by an older relative, often a grandparent who has rediscovered their own passion for ‘the hobby of Kings’ later in life. Some of life’s greatest memories of our parents and grandparents are those where they patiently introduce us to new and fascinating interests. This Father’s day, why not … Read more…

Precious metal 2013 UK Guinea £2 Proof coins – available to pre-order now!

The Guinea was first struck in the reign of George III, who was himself an incredibly important historical figure, being the first King to rule over the newly created United Kingdom in 1810. We have written extensively about the history of the Guinea, but a new chapter in the story of this coin is being … Read more…

The Changing Face of British Coins – 60 years of the Queen’s coinage

The Royal Mint is famous for making coins. We have been doing this for over 1000 years and have made coins for every King and Queen of England in that time (as well as for Oliver Cromwell). While we are busy making the change in your pocket, change in society is happening all around us. … Read more…