Sitting with Jane: The Royal Mint book bench

For 200 years, Jane Austen has delighted readers across the world with her Regency-era romances. Now we celebrate her life and works by featuring her portrait on a UK £2 coin, designed by Royal Mint graphic designer Dominique Evans. But, we are not alone in the celebrations, Jane Austen’s creativity and talent is being remembered across the country, from walks to talks, festivals to exhibitions and even a book bench trail!

Sitting With Jane is a unique public art trail honouring Jane Austen’s connections with Basingstoke and her birthplace, Steventon. The trail brought to us by Wild in Art and Destination Basingstoke combines local culture and history with a creative, modern interpretation for all to see – 24 ‘book benches’. Each bench has been designed and painted by a professional artist and features a personal interpretation of a Jane Austen theme, and, just like we have previously done with Shaun-Xiào and Gromit Unleashed, The Royal Mint has sponsored and designed their own book bench.

Picture by Stewart Turkington

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Behind the design: the Lion of England and The Queen’s Beasts series

Behind the design: the Lion of England and The Queen’s Beasts series

We’re only a few months into 2017 and already we’ve been spoiled by several exciting new coin releases, from the new 2017 designs we will find in our everyday change, to the special commemorative issues that marked the Sapphire Jubilee. One striking new series in particular, that is set to continue in 2017, has coin … Read more…

Behind the Design Series: The 2017 Lunar Year of The Rooster coins

Behind the Design Series: The 2017 Lunar Year of The Rooster coins

The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào Collection combines centuries of Chinese tradition with British minting craftsmanship, celebrating the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Each animal has their own unique characteristics and qualities and this year is the Lunar Year of the Rooster! The rooster is the fourth animal in The Shēngxiào Collection to be brought to life … Read more…

Behind the design: The 2016 Army £2

Behind the design: The 2016 Army £2

In 1914, as Britain mobilised for war, the call went out to enlist. The response to Lord Kitchener’s call to arms was astonishing, with much of the whole country swept by patriotic fervour. Team mates, friends, neighbours and colleagues were encouraged to serve side-by-side in ‘Pals Battalions’, proudly defending their country; a recruitment tactic that, while highly … Read more…

Behind the design: The 2016 Beatrix Potter Series by Emma Noble

Behind the design: The 2016 Beatrix Potter Series by Emma Noble

Throughout 2016, The Royal Mint has been celebrating the wonderful world of Beatrix and her most-loved characters, marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. Earlier this year, we announced that we would be marking the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter with a series of five coins, the first time that characters from children’s … Read more…

Behind the design: The last ‘round pound’

As we get ready to bid a fond farewell to a coin that has earned a place in our hearts, pockets and history, the ’round’ pound, we celebrate the artistry that has featured on the coin for the last thirty-three years across twenty-five designs.

Gregory Cameron, a Bishop of the Anglican Church in North East Wales, is a keen amateur artist and coin collector and it’s his design that features on the commemorative last ’round pound’. For his design, Gregory drew inspiration from heraldic beasts and the Royal Arms, to incorporate the four nations – each represented by their national heraldic beast, standing proud. On his recent trip to The Royal Mint, we caught up with Gregory to find out a little more about his inspiration for his last ’round pound’ design.

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Behind the design: The 2016 Lunar Year of the Monkey UK coins

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we caught up with Wuon-Gean Ho, designer of The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào UK Lunar Coin collection, to find out more about her Year of the Monkey coin design. This is now the third coin Wuon-Gean has designed for the Lunar coin collection, so we also took the opportunity to find out more about the lino cutting technique that she uses to create her designs.

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