29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 10: Equestrian

The Equestrian 50p was designed by Tom Babbage. We sent Tom our three questions, and here’s what he had to say: Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet? No, I moved to China in March of last year and my coin wasn’t out then. I saw a lot of fencing coins in Preston … Read more…

Olympic Torch relay route announced

Olympic Torch relay route announced

Today our friends over at London 2012 announced the route of the Torch Relay.                       The Flame will come within ten miles of 95 percent of people in the UK. Which location is nearest to you? Will you be attending to show your support? Do … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 9: Canoeing

The canoeing 50p was designed by Tim Lees. Tim’s design captures the excitement of the sport, with crashing waves and a steely faced canoeist paddling hard! Here are Tim’s answers to our usual three questions: Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet? I have looked hard for the coins, but only found two … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 8: Boxing

The Boxing 50p was designed by Shane Abery. We asked Shane the questions we always ask! Here’s how he answered… Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet? I run a girls football team and one of my duties is to collect match and training fees. I had not come across any of the … Read more…

The Royal Mint on The Alan Titchmarsh show

The Royal Mint on The Alan Titchmarsh show

Below is yesterday’s Alan Titchmarsh episode. We’re on from 17.25 onwards if you want to skip ahead! The Royal Mint’s expert and Senior Research Curator Graham Dyer talks about some of the commemorative coins from The Royal Mint, both past and present. Richard Bishop from Spink shows some older coins, including a Queeen Elizabeth 1 … Read more…

Matt Dent, UK coin designer, answers your questions

We asked you to send in your questions for Matt Dent, the designer of UK coins. He answers them in detail and shares his thoughts on a variety of topics including whether we should have a 99p coin, how long his designs take to produce, and which is his favourite London 2012 50p! Matt’s designs … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 7: Cycling

The cycling 50p was designed by Theo Crutchley-Mack. Theo is at a college in West Yorkshire studying art and design. He has been a dedicated cyclist from a young age and is a member of a cycling club. Theo has tried a variety of cycling styles, which is where he found the inspiration for his … Read more…

Diamond Jubilee sweepstake – the winners

Diamond Jubilee sweepstake – the winners

We had over 500 entries to our Diamond Jubilee sweepstake, and did you know 95% of entrants feel that The Royal Mint makes the best coins in the world!

I hope you weren’t just saying that because you wanted to win!

If you didn’t win, the coin is still available from The Royal Mint’s secure website – Buy the Diamond Jubilee Silver Crown

So who won?

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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 6: Boccia

The Boccia 50p was designed by Justin Chung. Sadly…unlike the other blog posts in this series…I haven’t been able to get in touch with Justin. This blog post serves a different purpose then…we must find Justin! If you know Justin Chung, who studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and designed the Boccia 50p, please get in … Read more…

Dickens in 140 characters – the results!

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Dickens in 140 character contest…it had an overwhelming response both on the blog, on Twitter and via email.

With over 100 entries to choose from, our judges from The Museum of London and the Charles Dickens Museum had to work long into the night to pick out their favourites…but the decision has now been made.

So…to the results!

Runners up

Runners up, who will each receive an uncirculated collector’s 2012 UK Charles Dickens £2 pack are:

Nell Darby @nelldarby tweeted her entry and used the thesaurus approach, listing words that capture the spirit of the novel rather than trying to describe it. We think it worked nicely!

@Royalmintuk Repression, dissatisfaction, drunkenness, recklessness, poverty, crime, grief, exile, remorse, and death. Bad luck. Hard Times.

Tarlok Meh posted on the blog to take second place with this effort that looks like a scientific formula! A definite favourite with The Museum of London’s judge!

Great Expectations*Pip(P) aids con(C)*loves Estella(E)*status-mad*has windfall*in debt*finds C is backer & E’s dad*fire*death*P & E reunite

And finally…the winner is…

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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 5: Basketball

The basketball 50p was designed by Sarah Payne. Sarah is a designer from Cardiff who works full time for International Greetings PLC one of the world’s leading greetings card and accessories manufacturers. She also remains a freelance designer for Kids at Play, designing battery operated cars, bikes and ride ons that have been sold at … Read more…