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…

The Football 50p: Offside explained

There’s some debate about whether The Royal Mint’s Football 50p design accurately explains the offside ‘rule’. The coin’s designer, Neil Wolfson, says he never intended the coin to explain the detail of the rule, but simply to provide a strong design that showed what an offside position is. He gives us some insight into his … Read more…

Welcome Informer readers and new collectors!

If you’re new to this blog, welcome! This blog will cover a range of topics including our involvement in major events, the history and heritage of The Royal Mint, and insights into the production process behind our coins. The Royal Mint is Britain’s oldest company, and one of the oldest in the world. We used … Read more…