The duffle coat, the suitcase, that hat… yes, the rumours were true, Paddington Bear is starting a new adventure and will feature on UK coins, with not one, but two 50p coin designs! This year marks the 60th anniversary since the first publication, today, Paddington is a British icon and we’re excited to celebrate Britain’s most-loved bear on UK coins for the first time.
In June 1953, Her Majesty The Queen was crowned in a ceremony that linked centuries of tradition with changing times. The young Queen Elizabeth II represented a renewed hope for a bright future and the start of a new chapter for Britain. The nation came out in force to celebrate and thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the procession.
Throughout her reign, The Queen has given the nation so many special moments and milestones to celebrate, and we have been proud to have been there for every anniversary and many other happy occasions. Now, as Her Majesty The Queen reaches another milestone, we mark the moment with two coin designs that celebrate the Sapphire Coronation. We recently caught up with Dominique Evans, designer of the Coronation 5oz and Kilo to find out a little more about her design.
On 2 June 1953, Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey. Crowds lined the streets of London to watch the grand procession. The joy of that moment, on that special day, brought cheer to post-war Britain, now, 65 years later, we celebrate a remarkable reign on UK coins.
Two designs have been created for the occasion, both of which are Royal Mint designers; Dominique Evans and Stephen Taylor who is also the designer of The Longest Reigning Monarch £5 crown. We recently caught up with Stephen to find out the inspiration behind his coin design celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Sapphire Coronation.
On May 19 2018, His Royal Highness Henry of Wales will marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. We are sharing the memories and capturing the moment on an official UK £5 coin, bearing a double portrait of Prince Harry and Meghan. Earlier this year we were granted a sitting with Prince Harry and Meghan to capture photographs. The sitting provided designer, Jody Clark with additional reference material to develop a coin design, celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Take a look…
Nothing brings us together quite like a royal street party, a uniquely British occasion. Later this month, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales will marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle, giving us another excuse to share squash and sandwiches in the spirit of neighbourly fun, as we continue our Royal Celebration blog series, we take a look at how this tradition started.
In 1918, we were striking the medals that paid tribute to the brave men and women of the Royal Air Force who played their part as the First World War drew to a close. Now, 100 years later, we are proud to join the RAF in their centenary celebrations, striking five coins for a patriotic … Read more…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”