Father’s Day Traditions and Treats!

Will you be celebrating Father’s Day this year in a similar way to Mother’s Day? We all know Father’s Day is not celebrated on the same scale as Mother’s Day generally, and while I’ve read some articles that try to explain why, I think the reason is simple – it’s because Fathers and Mothers are so different! What delights your Mum may well not please your Dad so much, especially those sentimental and openly affectionate gestures usually welcomed by Mums.

bear hug

I’ve made a sweeping generalisation there, so let’s take a look at how Father’s Day started and see where it takes us…

Continue reading

Remembering D-Day: The 70th Anniversary

The 70th anniversary of D-Day, otherwise known as the Normandy Landings, is marked on 6 June this year. D-Day was a significant Second World War operation that saw the landing of Allied troops in Normandy and the beginning of the Allied invasion of occupied Europe – code-named ‘Operation Overlord’.

An international effort, the D-Day Allied invasion force of more than 150,000 consisted primarily of American, British and Canadian troops but also included Australian, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, Greek, New Zealand, Norwegian, Rhodesian and Polish naval, air and ground support. Taking more than 7,000 ships and smaller vessels and 14,000 aircraft, it was the largest naval, air and land operation in history. Given the scale of D-Day, detailed planning was required – with the first operational plans submitted almost a year before, in July 1943.

NormandySupply

Continue reading

Signed Glasgow 2014 coin competition winners

We recently ran a competition on our Facebook page to win one of three Glasgow 2014 coins signed by Rebecca Adlington. The prize draw has taken place and three lucky winners have been confirmed! We are contacting the winners individually by email, so if you entered please keep an eye on your inbox!

1979760_647646888643227_2956027761536077185_n

If you were unlucky this time, all is not lost, to say thank you for entering the competition we are giving you FREE delivery on all Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games coins using the unique code ‘G14DEL‘ – code expires on 17 June 2014. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for more competitions.

Benedetto Pistrucci: A rare gem

Benedetto Pistrucci is a name closely associated with The Royal Mint and a familiar one among numismatists. However, I’m sure there are some of you left wondering just who is Benedetto Pistrucci?

Benedetto Pistrucci was born in Italy 231 years ago, in May 1783. Already established as a renowned gem engraver, he moved to London in 1815. His journey with The Royal Mint began the following year, when he was introduced to William Wellesley Pole, the Master of the Mint. Pole commissioned Pistrucci to create models of a portrait of King George III, which he created in red jasper – an unusual material for a model of a coin, but one which Pistrucci, as a gem engraver, preferred to use.

georgeIII-cameo

Continue reading

Gearing up for the Commonwealth Games!

On Sunday The Queen’s Baton Relay visited The Royal Mint as it began its second day in Wales and continued its tour of the UK. The day began at 7.30am when the gates to The Royal Mint opened and the baton was carried over the threshold by Kate Hughes, a lucky employee chosen at random to be one of six employees to carry The Queen’s Commonwealth Games baton during its visit. The six employees paraded the baton in front of a gathered crowd before handing it to Welsh 400m hurdler and European Champion, Rhys Williams.

Representing Team Wales, Rhys carried the baton through the mint, entering the coin production rooms where he pushed the button to begin production of the official circulating 50p that celebrates the 2014 Commonwealth games.

TRM-CBR-25

Continue reading

10 Fascinating Facts about Trinity House and the £2

Trinity House coin

The Trinity House two pound coin appropriately features a lighthouse, so we’ve taken that to its logical conclusion by photographing it very near one! This coin is, in fact, resting on a rock at the site of the Beachy Head lighthouse, off the Sussex Downs coast.

We thought you’d enjoy some facts, figures and swashbuckling tales about Trinity House and the new £2 coin – so here’s our Top 10:

Continue reading

Trinity House – a British Beacon

As a similarly ancient British institution (although not quite as old as us!) we can’t help but feel an affinity with Trinity House or, to give them their full title, the Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond. The House itself is situated on Tower Hill, not too far from our previous home at the Tower of London – indeed, there’s a wonderful view of the Tower from Trinity House.

Tower_of_London_at_night 3As the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, it’s responsible for lighthouses, lightvessels, buoys, other navigational aids and communication systems in the seas that surround our shores, as well as providing deep sea pilotage in Northern European waters.

Continue reading