The Queen’s Beasts are brought to life in a new bullion coin range

We have some exciting news for you today. A striking new gold and silver bullion coin range is available on the Royal Mint Bullion website. The Queen’s Beasts bullion coin range is a series of new designs based on the 10 heraldic beasts, which begins with the Lion of England.

As well as introducing a range of striking designs to our bullion portfolio, The Queen’s Beasts range also provides a new option for silver investors. A new two-ounce silver bullion coin, struck to 999.9 fineness, is introduced alongside 1 oz and ¼ oz gold versions – the first time an official two-ounce United Kingdom silver bullion coin has been struck. In the UK, The Queen’s Beasts bullion coins will be exclusively available from www.royalmintbullion.com.

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Guest blog: Who was Beatrix Potter?

In 2016, The Royal Mint are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. The occasion is marked with a series of five coins; a standalone coin that honours Beatrix Potter herself and the legacy she left behind, and four coins that bear the illustrations of some of Potter’s best-loved and most iconic characters. All five coins will enter circulation later this year, making it the first time that characters from children’s literature will appear on UK coinage! Commemorative versions, that are brought to life with special colour-printing, will also be available.

The wonderful world of Beatrix Potter has graced the lives of many; a pioneer of storytelling, she created many small books for many small hands. Both her characters and tales have been cherished for more than 100 years and her legacy lives on through them. But who was Beatrix Potter? In light of International Women’s Day today, we’ve been in touch with Linda Lear at the Beatrix Potter Society, to give us an insight into the lady behind the tales; Beatrix the artist, the entrepreneur, the natural scientist and the conservationist.

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The Great British Coin Hunt is growing!

The Great British Coin Hunt began during the London 2012 Olympic games, when collecting coins from change became a sport in itself. In total, 29 50p coins – each representing an Olympic sport – were issued in 2011 and 2012 to mark the home games. These coins were collected in their millions and unlocked a world of coin collecting for people of all ages, right across the country. People everywhere stopped spending and started collecting the coins in their change. But the Coin Hunt didn’t stop there. In fact, the 29 50p designs issued to mark the games joined around 60 different designs already in circulation on 50p, £1 and £2 coins.

In the last four years the Coin Hunt has continued to grow, with new UK coins released each year. Today you’ll find no fewer than 103 different designs in circulation and that’s before you include the 2016 coins, which you’ll find in your change later this year. 2016 is a bumper year for UK coins and, by the end of the year, the Coin Hunt will grow to 115 designs! So just where do you keep all these coins? Well, in 2012 a collector album was released along with the 29 50p coins to give collectors a means to catalog and store their new collection. As the Coin Hunt has grown, so has the range of albums, and today there are 10 albums and several ways to collect UK coins from change.

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Your Collections: Robert Durrant

This year, The Royal Mint is inviting coin collectors far and wide to share their collections with us and our Royal Mint blog readers. From old coins to new, commemorative to circulating, we would like to get to know more about you and your collections; from the whys to the whats, putting your collections in the spotlight in our new ‘Your Collections’ blog feature.

So far we have had a wonderful response to our request and have thoroughly enjoyed reading through your responses. So, without further ado, we would like to introduce our first installment of Your Collections in which we find out more about 42 year old coin collector, Robert Durrant, and his vast collection of coins from across the globe that began with a penny he found in his parent’s garden.

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The Royal Mint Museum reaches a remarkable milestone

Today the Royal Mint Museum marks its 200th anniversary! To celebrate this milestone, for 200 days the Museum will share its collection on Facebook, taking a look at a new object each day and revealing some remarkable objects from the collection along the way. In its 200 years, the collection has grown to now encompass nearly 100,000 coins, as well as a collection of some 31,000 tools and 18,000 plasters. But just how has the collection grown and developed over that time?

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The Royal Mint Museum today

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Behind the design: The 2016 Lunar Year of the Monkey UK coins

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we caught up with Wuon-Gean Ho, designer of The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào UK Lunar Coin collection, to find out more about her Year of the Monkey coin design. This is now the third coin Wuon-Gean has designed for the Lunar coin collection, so we also took the opportunity to find out more about the lino cutting technique that she uses to create her designs.

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