29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 17: Hockey

The Hockey 50p coin was designed by Robert Evans.

Robert Evans, the designer of the Hockey 50p coin, lives in Cardiff and is an engraver/sculptor at the Royal Mint. He entered the competition because he is passionate about athletics and thought it was a great way to get involved with London 2012. To make sure he captured the sport accurately, Robert took a series of photographs of two hockey players from the University of Glamorgan and based his design on them.

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Typography and coin design

In over seven years of working in the design and engraving department at The Royal Mint, I cannot recall a coin or medal design that didn’t include some element of written language. Whether it is the notation of an authorising country, the denomination, the year of production, or an artist’s initials; type and typography are fundamental elements of coin design.

Inspired to learn more about typography

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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 16: Handball

The handball 50p was designed by Natasha Ratcliffe. Natasha Ratcliffe is a self-employed sculptor and part-time chef from Cornwall and is responsible for creating both the handball and wheelchair rugby coins. Natasha has a degree in art which she received from the University of Falmouth and specialises in creating coins and medals. She has had … Read more…

The #London2012TorchRelay Tweet map!

Every time you tweet at the #London2012TorchRelay hashtag, your Tweets stand a chance of showing up on our map or in the list of Tweets below. Each day during the torch relay, The Royal Mint will be checking the Tweets on this map and giving away an Official London 2012 Olympic or Paralympic coin to … Read more…

Behind the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medals

The London 2012 medals are being produced at The Royal Mint using metal from mines owned by Rio Tinto. We have been entrusted with this prestigious honour due to our long history of excellence in manufacturing and design of coins and medals. We invite you to browse our photo gallery that takes you behind the … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 15: Gymnastics

The Gymnastics 50p coin was designed by Jonathan Olliffe. Jonathan is a bit of a coin design master, and his design for Aquatics was also a winner. That means we’ve already asked him our three questions…so there’s nothing new to say here. You can keep in touch with Jonathan through his website About British Gymnastics … Read more…

The Royal Mint expands into the bullion market

Designing and producing coins has been at the heart of The Royal Mint’s responsibilities for over 1,000 years. Here Bullion Sales Manager Nick Bowkett outlines The Royal Mint’s new strategies, designed to help meet increased demand for bullion coins. “2012 promises to be a significant year for the business for two reasons,” explains Nick. “Firstly, … Read more…

The Diamond Jubilee Kilo coin from The Royal Mint

When a grand coin containing a full kilo of gold was authorised in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it gave us a unique opportunity to do something truly special. Such a coin must bear designs that reflect the splendour of the occasion, but also capture our rich royal heritage and go forward in time as … Read more…