Part 3 – The Royal Mint in 1953 – The Coronation celebrations

In part 3 of our series of posts, the Coronation events take place and the event passes off beautifully. Royal attention turns to the people who made it happen, and official letters of thanks arrive at the Mint.

(Continued from Part 2 – The Royal Mint in 1953 – The Coronation approaches, excitement builds!)

For their role in the Coronation celebrations, many staff at The Royal Mint receive honours and letters of congratulations and thanks from the Royal family.

For those who don’t receive acknowledgement in the form of an official award, the Specimen sets and Crown pieces are available at a special staff rate so they can at least own a wonderful commemorative.

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Part 2 – The Royal Mint in 1953 – The Coronation approaches, excitement builds!

In part two of our series on the events of 1953 we move into February and March, just months away from the 2nd of June Coronation date.

(Continued from Part 1 – The Royal Mint in 1953 – preparing for the Queen’s Coronation)

Lots of things started happening across the Mint. We’ll leave you to read through the office notes to enjoy discovering them yourself, but we can’t resist sharing a few highlights:

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Part 1 – The Royal Mint in 1953 – preparing for the Queen’s Coronation

Hidden in a dusty corner of our Museum archives sat several files of unassuming looking ‘Internal Office Notes’.

Dated from 1926, many of these yellowing old papers had not been read for years. With the historic events of 1953 in mind, we delved into the files. To our delight, this ‘time capsule’ of stories from inside The Royal Mint shed light on the events of 1953. The notes paint a picture of a Royal Mint excited by the prospect of the coming Jubilee celebrations!

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The Coronation Crown Two-Coin Set – a tribute to 60 years of the Queen’s coins

The Royal Mint in 1953 was a very different place to the one we know today.

Based at Tower Hill in London, it was close to the heart of government and royalty and carried on the thousand year long tradition of minting in the nation’s capital. Today, based in a high tech plant at Llantrisant in South Wales, The Royal Mint continues to uphold the standards for which it has become world-renowned.

For 2013, we bring together two coins that capture both the story of The Royal Mint and the 60 year story of the Queen’s Coronation.

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The Royal Mint Coronation 5oz and Kilo Coins

For particularly momentous occasions, The Royal Mint strikes 5oz and Kilo coins. These coins are large, precious metal coins with specially commissioned artwork designed to take advantage of the coin’s dimensions. The 2013 Coronation 5oz coin has been designed by Jonathan Olliffe, who was one of the people who won the competition to design a London 2012 … Read more…

The Trial of the Pyx – a short video from the 2013 Trial

Thanks to The Telegraph for sharing this wonderful video from the 2013 Trial of the Pyx. The Trial of the Pyx is an annual event that tests the coins produced at The Royal Mint. It is often referred to as the world’s oldest continually running Quality Assurance process, and we are proud to say that … Read more…

The Royal Mint Guinea – an association with a right Royal sport

Horse racing is often described as ‘the sport of kings’, but did you know that coin collecting is called ‘the hobby of kings’?

This year marks 200 years of the horse races most commonly and most closely connected to a Royal Mint coin, The 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

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Top ten coin related videos

We’ve scoured Youtube to find ten fascinating and fun coin related videos.

If you have a favourite coin video, please share the link in the comments and if we like it enough we’ll add it to our playlist.

There’s quite a variety in here, so if you don’t enjoy one, just click next to skip and move on.

The videos are:

  1. Coin dominoes
  2. Coins skipping on water in slow motion
  3. How it’s made – Chocolate coins
  4. Coin stacking
  5. Amazing Chinese magician
  6. The world’s largest coin
  7. Amazing coin advert from Hong Kong
  8. Striking gold Sovereigns at The Royal Mint
  9. A brief history of money
  10. Coin throwing

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Hobby or habit? Why do you collect?

A lot of people collect coins, but not all think of themselves as collectors.

The coin collecting habit can sneak up on you. Before you know it, you’re checking your change every day and accumulating a collection of commemorative coin designs that you know you will never spend. So when does the habit turn into a hobby?

We investigated with a few collectors and here’s what they had to say.

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10 of our favourite worldwide coin facts

Here are ten of our favourite coin facts that we have compiled just for fun!

    • Space Invaders ate our coins
      The Space Invaders game was so popular when it was released in Japan in 1978 that it caused a national coin shortage!
      Japan suffered a nationwide shortage of 100-yen coins and had to increase coin production to keep up with demand.

      A space invader
      Space invaders ate my change!

      Space Invaders arrived in the United States in 1980 and by mid-1981, $1 billion of quarters had been gobbled up by the game.

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