Celebrating RAF100 with the Red Arrows

Formed at the birth of aviation, bringing together the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Force, the RAF was the world’s first independent air force and is recognised all over the world today for its capability, courage and innovation.

This year, we have joined forces with the RAF to mark their 100th anniversary, with a range of UK coins, celebrating the achievements of the men and women of the RAF and inspiring the next generation. The range begins with the RAF centenary badge £2 coin and continues with four aircraft.

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Behind the design: 2018 RAF Badge £2 coin

In the last months of the First World War, there was a new dawn in the skies as the Royal Air Force (RAF) came into being. Formed at the birth of aviation, bringing together the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Force, the RAF was the world’s first independent air force. Today, 100 years later we mark a century of capability, courage and innovation of the service, its aircraft and of the men and women who serve at home and abroad on UK coins.

To mark the RAF centenary, we have struck five UK £2 coins; four celebrating iconic RAF aircraft – the Spitfire, Vulcan, Sea King and Lightning II – and one inspired by the badge of the RAF. The 2018 RAF badge £2 coin was designed by Royal Mint designer, Rhys Morgan, we recently spoke to Rhys to find out a little more about the inspiration behind his design.

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Celebrating our own International Woman on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day – a day celebrating the achievements of women across the world. The day is an opportunity to empower, unite and inspire women that will drive positive change for future female generations to come.

We celebrate International Women’s Day with The Royal Mint’s first female CEO and Deputy Master of the Mint, Anne Jessopp. We caught up with Anne to discuss how she feels about being the first female CEO of The Royal Mint, how she plans on celebrating today and her advice to women who aspire to be the future Chief Executives of the world.

February 2018 saw the appointment of Anne Jessopp as the first female Chief Executive of The Royal Mint, after she previously served as acting Chief Executive since October 2017.

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The Great British Coin Hunt, Quintessentially British A – Z

It’s here, the day has come and we are so excited to finally introduce to you the Great British Coin Hunt, Quintessentially British A-Z! From the Angel of the North to the red-chested Robin, an English Breakfast to the perfect brew – we have used the alphabet to map out the A-Z of what makes Britain great. And, for the first time ever, we have struck commemorative designs on a 10 pence piece!

 

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Happy New Year – it’s the Lunar Year of the Dog!

Happy Chinese New Year! This year, we celebrate the Lunar Year of the Dog, an animal widely regarded as faithful and loyal. The dog follows on from last year’s Year of the Rooster and is the eleventh animal in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle.

Designer of The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào UK Lunar Coin collection and print-maker Wuon-Gean Ho says she is “always interested in depicting animals in motion” and this movement has been captured in her design; drawing on the dog’s playful side, the dog can be seen jumping through the air “leaping across the waves.”

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Guest blog: Helen Pankhurst ‘Forging a much better place’

The Representation of the People Act 1918 meant that a greater number and a broader mix of voices could be heard at the polls. In 2018, we mark the centenary of the historic act on a UK 50p coin. Emmeline Pankhurst was a British Political activist and a leader of the British suffragette movement who played a crucial part in securing votes for women. In this guest blog, Emmeline’s great-granddaughter, Helen Pankhurst, tells us more about Emmeline’s impact on the passing of an act that has paved the way to our rights today.

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Guest blog: Mari Takayanagi: The Representation of the People Act 1918: 100 Years

For the majority democracy is a crucial part of our lives and it’s hard to believe that over 100 years ago, at the outbreak of the First World War most of the general public did not have the right to vote. The political voices of many of the men who fought on the foreign battlefields and women who ensured the upkeep of the country were ignored. As the war came to an end and after decades of action by the ‘suffragists’, their voices were finally heard and the 1918 Representation of the People Act passed through Parliament with an overwhelming majority.

Dr Mari Takayanagi is Senior Archivist at the Parliamentary Archives, where she has worked in various roles including public services, outreach, preservation and access. She is joint project manager and co-curator of ‘Voice and Vote: ‘Women’s Place in Parliament’, Parliament’s exhibition to celebrate 100 years of the vote for some women and all men in 2018. In her guest article, Mari takes us through the events that led up to the signing of the act, and the significance of this political milestone being marked on a UK 50p coin.

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Behind the design: The 2018 Lunar Year of the Dog Coins

Around the world, Chinese New Year is celebrated with the exchange of gifts and money, traditionally given in red envelopes to wish the recipient love, luck and prosperity. Our Shēngxiào Collection combines centuries of Chinese tradition with British minting craftsmanship, celebrating the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac; each with their own unique characteristics and qualities. This year it is the Lunar Year of the Dog, the fifth animal in the Shēngxiào collection to be brought to life by artist Wuon-Gean Ho; following designs for the Year of the Horse, the Year of the Sheep the Year of the Monkey and Lunar Year of the Rooster.

We will bring in the Chinese New Year on 17 February, ahead of the celebrations we caught up with designer, Wuon-Gean Ho to find out a little more about her Lunar Year of the Dog coin design.

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Behind the design: Representation of the People Act 1918

Before and during the First World War very little of the general public had the opportunity to have their political voices heard. After decades of struggling to be heard a 100 years ago their voices were finally listened to and the 1918 Representation of the People Act was passed through Parliament with an overwhelming majority. A century later the act’s legacy lives on and democracy remains to be a crucial part of the lives of the general public of the UK. We mark this political milestone on a 50p coin designed by Royal Mint designer, Stephen Taylor. We recently caught up with Stephen to discover more about the story and inspiration behind the design of the Representation of the People Act 1918 50p coin.

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