With the Olympic Games now upon us, here’s your ‘Guide to the Games’.

With the Olympic Games now upon us, here’s your ‘Guide to the Games’.

The Olympic Games are now upon us, with the opening ceremony of Rio 2016 taking place on 5 August. Across the world people are preparing to rally behind their favourite athletes. For die-hard sports fans the Road to Rio will have felt like a long one. While many of us will find it hard to believe that four … Read more…

The 90th birthday festivities continue with The Queen’s official birthday

This weekend the nation continues the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, this time marking The Queen’s official birthday on Saturday 11 June. Ever since the seventeenth century it has been tradition to mark the monarch’s birthday on a day other than their actual birthday, should it fall outside of summer months. So, with The Queen’s actual birthday falling on 21 April, we celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday on a Saturday in June. From traditional celebrations, such as Trooping the Colour, to the fanfare and festivities of street parties and events, the official birthday celebrations to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday are sure to stretch far and wide as the nation celebrates Her Majesty’s personal milestone.

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England’s 1966 FIFA World Cup™ win celebrated with commemorative coin

In little over a week’s time, football will once again take over our televisions and newspapers. From 10 June to 10 July, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be competing at Euro 2016 in France, 50 years since a team from the ‘home nations’ last won a major trophy at the 1966 World Cup. Yesterday, the England football team played its final friendly before Euro 2016, against Portugal at Wembley Stadium, and a rather special coin was used to kick off proceedings…

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Your Collections: Jacob Darby

This year, The Royal Mint has invited 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’re getting 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 Facebook request and have thoroughly enjoyed reading through your responses. In our first edition of Your Collections we introduced you to 42 year old Robert Durrant from Reading, and now, for our second installment we have 16 year old coin collector, Jacob Darby.

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The doors to The Royal Mint Experience are now open!

It’s been more than three years in the planning and making, but finally the doors to The Royal Mint Experience are open! Wednesday marked a true milestone in Royal Mint history, as we finally opened the doors and welcomed some of our first guests into the new, purpose built, visitor attraction at our site here in Llantrisant, South Wales. Far from the rare tours of the past, with a purpose built attraction and exhibition, as the name suggests, The Royal Mint Experience promises to be so much more. We were there on Wednesday, as we welcomed the first guests, to find out more and give you a sneak peek at what you’ll find inside…

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A year in the making…

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Behind the design: The last ‘round pound’

As we get ready to bid a fond farewell to a coin that has earned a place in our hearts, pockets and history, the ’round’ pound, we celebrate the artistry that has featured on the coin for the last thirty-three years across twenty-five designs.

Gregory Cameron, a Bishop of the Anglican Church in North East Wales, is a keen amateur artist and coin collector and it’s his design that features on the commemorative last ’round pound’. For his design, Gregory drew inspiration from heraldic beasts and the Royal Arms, to incorporate the four nations – each represented by their national heraldic beast, standing proud. On his recent trip to The Royal Mint, we caught up with Gregory to find out a little more about his inspiration for his last ’round pound’ design.

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We won! The Royal Mint blog was voted the ‘Best Storyteller’ Company at the 2016 UK Blog Awards

A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for The Royal Mint blog in the 2016 UK Blog Awards. We’re delighted to tell you that, having been shortlisted for both the ‘Arts and Culture’ and ‘Best Storyteller’ categories, we were awarded the ‘Best Storyteller’ Company award at a ceremony in London last week. Whether it’s old coin … Read more…

Guest Blog, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Who was William Shakespeare?

This year marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare and, to celebrate his enduring legacy, three UK £2 coins have been released. This month, on the anniversary of his birth, we celebrate a poet, playwright, actor and literary great, whose legacy has not only survived but thrived for 400 years. From his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, that in itself is a celebration of his works, life and times, to a nation that still study, appreciate and enjoy his work, William Shakespeare’s legacy is unrivaled and its influence unquestionable.

In this blog post, the first in a series written by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for The Royal Mint blog, we find out more about William Shakespeare the man, where he was from, his family and his life.

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William Shakespeare’s birthplace

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Discover Shakespeare, Behind the scenes at the Royal Shakespeare Company Prop Department

This weekend the United Kingdom will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of perhaps one of the greatest playwrights that has ever lived, William Shakespeare. His plays have been watched, studied and enjoyed by generations for more than 400 years. They need no introduction; Romeo and Juliet. Hamlet. Macbeth. These are just a few of the plays that have become household names. In total, William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays, many of which are still performed on stages across the world today.

One organisations still bringing William Shakespeare’s plays to life in 2016 is the Royal Shakespeare Company. From the Royal Shakespeare theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to their travelling shows in London, the United States and across the globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company has been bringing Shakespeare’s plays to the masses for over 50 years.

We recently visited the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon to find out more about the world of William Shakespeare’s work and plays. And, with props the main feature of the three new Shakespeare UK £2 coin designs, we spoke to Alan Fell, Head of the Props Department at the Royal Shakespeare Company, on our visit to find out more about the role props play in bringing Shakespeare’s work to life.

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Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday!

This year, on 21 April, Her Majesty The Queen reaches her 90th birthday – the first British monarch ever to reach this milestone! This is another in a long list of records to be broken by The Queen. Just last year, on 9 September 2015, The Queen became Britain’s longest reigning monarch when her reign surpassed that of her Grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years and 215 days. Not only is The Queen Britain’s longest reigning monarch, she has also conducted more royal visits than any other British monarch, undertaking more than 270 official overseas trips visiting 116 different countries. The Queen has opened fifteen bridges, launched 23 ships and is Patron of more than 600 charities. 

Soon, it will be time to bring out the bunting again as the festivities begin! As celebrations will begin on April 21st in Windsor and will be drawn to a close with a street party along The Mall on Sunday 12 June.

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So, exactly how will the nation be celebrating this momentous occasion?

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