Previously unseen Titanic pictures from The Royal Mint

Previously unseen Titanic pictures from The Royal Mint

In their latest issue, National Geographic have published previously unseen photographs of The Titanic. The photographs show the full ship for the first time and are incredibly atmospheric, capturing the alluring tragedy of the disaster. You can view the new Titanic photographs on the national Geographic website. Our own unseen pictures The Royal Mint has … Read more…

Olympic Torch relay route announced

Olympic Torch relay route announced

Today our friends over at London 2012 announced the route of the Torch Relay.                       The Flame will come within ten miles of 95 percent of people in the UK. Which location is nearest to you? Will you be attending to show your support? Do … Read more…

The Royal Mint on The Alan Titchmarsh show

The Royal Mint on The Alan Titchmarsh show

Below is yesterday’s Alan Titchmarsh episode. We’re on from 17.25 onwards if you want to skip ahead! The Royal Mint’s expert and Senior Research Curator Graham Dyer talks about some of the commemorative coins from The Royal Mint, both past and present. Richard Bishop from Spink shows some older coins, including a Queeen Elizabeth 1 … Read more…

Diamond Jubilee sweepstake – the winners

Diamond Jubilee sweepstake – the winners

We had over 500 entries to our Diamond Jubilee sweepstake, and did you know 95% of entrants feel that The Royal Mint makes the best coins in the world!

I hope you weren’t just saying that because you wanted to win!

If you didn’t win, the coin is still available from The Royal Mint’s secure website – Buy the Diamond Jubilee Silver Crown

So who won?

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Dickens in 140 characters – the results!

Click to view the Dickens coin close-up

Thanks to everyone who entered our Dickens in 140 character contest…it had an overwhelming response both on the blog, on Twitter and via email.

With over 100 entries to choose from, our judges from The Museum of London and the Charles Dickens Museum had to work long into the night to pick out their favourites…but the decision has now been made.

So…to the results!

Runners up

Runners up, who will each receive an uncirculated collector’s 2012 UK Charles Dickens £2 pack are:

Nell Darby @nelldarby tweeted her entry and used the thesaurus approach, listing words that capture the spirit of the novel rather than trying to describe it. We think it worked nicely!

@Royalmintuk Repression, dissatisfaction, drunkenness, recklessness, poverty, crime, grief, exile, remorse, and death. Bad luck. Hard Times.

Tarlok Meh posted on the blog to take second place with this effort that looks like a scientific formula! A definite favourite with The Museum of London’s judge!

Great Expectations*Pip(P) aids con(C)*loves Estella(E)*status-mad*has windfall*in debt*finds C is backer & E’s dad*fire*death*P & E reunite

And finally…the winner is…

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Dickens in 140 characters

Dickens in 140 characters

Today we launch a contest to find the UK’s most concise Dickens expert! We’re giving away a silver proof Dickens coin to the lucky winner, with runners up prizes of the regular base metal version. We want you to summarise your favourite Dickens novel in 140 characters. It won’t be easy, but have a go … Read more…

Do you have a question for the designer of UK coins?

Matt Dent is the talented British designer behind the now famous ‘shield’ that adorns the reverse of the UK’s coinage. You will have seen it on coins in your change, and perhaps you have also bought the 2012 Collector Proof set. The design won the coveted D&AD Black Pencil award and saw Matt featured in … Read more…

Are UK £5 coins legal tender?

We get asked this question a lot… so let’s look at the big picture! Legal tender has a very specific meaning when taken by the letter of the law. It means that a debtor cannot successfully be sued for non-payment if he pays into court in legal tender. It does not mean that any ordinary … Read more…

Coin ideas – we asked you to tweet your best coin ideas at #coinideas

We had an overwhelming response with hundreds of brilliant entries! Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks to ThePoke for their help in promoting this contest!

Ten tweets made it through to the final, and were shared on The Royal Mint’s intranet so that staff could vote for their favourites. The results are now in and we can reveal the winner…

#coinideas contest hashtag

Before we do that, let’s pay tribute to the other Tweets that made it through. In no particular order:

@AlllanFox77 #coinideas make all coins the same shape and size thus saving the mint money and confusing OAP’s at the same time!

@ivanelovanich #coinideas A dice shaped coin with a different value on each face…. You pay what you roll.

@SB_Murray A coin with a tiny hoover attachment so it cleans up mess it makes whilst using a scratchcard #coinideas #coover™

@RandomVitriol A coin made of a radioactive isotope that decays at exactly the same rate as inflation. #coinideas

@QuantumPirate Royal Mint, why not release scratch & sniff coins showcasing Great British smells? twitpic.com/86c639 #coinideas (@ThePoke)

@OujanikABolakov How’s about coining some great English phrases? #coinideas #abirdinthehand

@OujanikABolakov Insert GPS and create website where their paths can be followed #coinideas #excitementintheoffice

@sridout92 #coinideas #olympic50p Unofficial holidays in the UK such as Fireworks night and Halloween :D

@ronniekeir How about a Denman & Kauto Star commemorative £1 coin? A gold coin as both have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup #coinideas

And the winner is…(drumroll)…

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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 1: Aquatics 50p design

In January 2009 the Royal Mint launched its biggest ever competition, inviting the British public to design a series of new 50p coins. Thousands of designs were received from all over the UK, featuring all 29 sports of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The best designs were selected and now they’ve been made into … Read more…

We’ve got some amazing, unique to The Royal Mint collectables for you!

500 special edition 50ps signed and individually numbered by Olympic legends Sir Steve Redgrave, Dame Kelly Holmes, Lord Sebastian Coe and Daley Thompson are now available from The Royal Mint. Available now in strictly limited quantities are four special edition 50ps hand signed by Olympic legends Sir Steve Redgrave, Dame Kelly Holmes, Lord Sebastian Coe … Read more…