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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WIN a Lunar Year Of The Monkey gold coin

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To celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey, we’re giving away a Lunar Year of the Monkey gold coin! This year, Chinese New Year falls on 8 February and from 4 – 19 February you’ve got a chance to win this amazing prize. To enter, all you have to do is correctly answer the question ‘Which breed of monkey is Wuon-Gean’s Year of the Monkey coin design based on?‘ and complete the entry form below. Tricky question? Well, take a look at our latest Designers’ Inspiration video on our YouTube channel because we caught up with UK Lunar coin designer Wuon-Gean Ho to find out more about her Year of the Monkey design! Will the Year of the Monkey be your lucky year?

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The Royal Mint blog needs your vote!

On 4 January the public vote for the 2016 UK Blog Awards opened and, for the first year ever, The Royal Mint Blog has been nominated for an award. Our blog has been entered into the Arts and Culture and Best Storyteller categories and now we need you, our readers, to help us bring home our first ever award! So, if you’ve enjoyed reading any of our blog posts in this last year, we would really appreciate your vote. Click the ‘vote now‘ image below to register your vote.

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The Queen’s Christmas Message: A festive royal tradition

Since 1952, each December, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her Christmas message for the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Over the years, the Christmas message has acted as a chronicle of global, national and personal events which have affected The Queen and the nation that year. Topics on the agenda in 2014, for example, included the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Tower of London poppy installation, the Commonwealth Games, the Scotland referendum and The Queen’s historic trip to Belfast.

As an eventful year for Her Majesty draws to a close, we look forward to the Christmas Day message and believe it’s fair to say there’s plenty to talk about in The Queen’s 63rd Christmas message – perhaps the most notable royal event and achievement of 2015 saw Her Majesty become Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

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Are there more 2016 UK coins to come?

We recently announced the commemorative themes for 2016, and what a response we’ve had. We’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic feedback we’ve received on our Facebook and Twitter; it is safe to say that 2016 is set to be a bumper year for UK coins!

To recap, in total we have revealed eight new UK coins so far. These include one 50p, one £1 coin, five £2 coins, and one £5 coin. Anniversaries for The Great Fire of London, the Battle of Hastings and William Shakespeare are all marked alongside the last ’round pound’, a £2 coin honouring the role of the Army in the First World War and a £5 coin marking Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. But, have the recently updated collector albums revealed that there are yet more to come?

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