On Day 15 of our FacebookAdvent Calendar, we asked our fans to send us their explanations of the notoriously difficult-to-explain Football Offside Rule.
With 3 prizes on offer of aLondon 2012 Olympic Football 50p Brilliant Uncirculated coin for the versions that we found the most amusing, we had a great time judging them! Here are the 3 Winners; we hope you enjoy and learn from these versions as much as we did!
On Day 10 of our Facebook Advent Calendar, we’re opening the window (see what I did there?) on our Top 10 Festive Facts. A Christmas quiz has become a fun tradition for many people, so I hope these will help you out!
1. Advent Calendars – the first ones appeared in Germany. The BBC History channel refers to printers in Munich being the first to produce them in 1908. Paper and cardboard rationing during the Second World War put an end to them until 1946. Chocolate advent calendars appeared in the UK in the 1950’s after food rationing ended and they soon spread across the globe, with something for everyone – here’s a trendy one and here’s a classical musical one.
When The Royal Mint was asked to take part in the ‘Gromit unleashed’ exhibition, we were excited by the opportunity to do something really special.
We knew we had a lot to live up to, being in the company of people like Aardman’s very own Nick Park and Peter Lord, iconic designers Sir Paul Smith and Cath Kidston, illustrators Sir Quentin Blake and Martin Handford (creator of ‘Where’s Wally’) and many more besides.
So what could we do? Well it had to include coins, of course, and with mosaic artist Stephanie Roberts involved the ideas quickly began to flow. To add a finishing touch to the masterpiece, the Royal Mint’s Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers was tasked with creating a medallion from a design crafted in plasticine by Nick Park himself!
Typical gifts for a new baby tend to be practical. Nappies, blankets, bottles, clothes, and toys are eminently sensible, but they lack a sense of occasion. Many new parents find they pass on clothes, extra bottles and accumulated toys to their friends without having made any use of them.
Christenings pose a different set of problems for the unwary gift-giver. What do you buy that balances the requirement to give something appropriately traditional with something that the recipient will value? Many people know that silver plays a traditional role in bringing luck to the occasion, but what to buy? Photo frames, jewellery, spoons and napkin rings are popular…but while they can be highly attractive and of excellent quality, we feel that nothing compares to a coin.
Silver coins from The Royal Mint capture all of our 1,100 year heritage and craftsmanship. Each is year-dated making them a contemporary way to mark the occasion of the birth forever. We offer a range of coins for all occasions, from Baby Journals, to silver coins and sets. Here we list some of our favourites.
For particularly momentous occasions, The Royal Mint strikes 5oz and Kilo coins.
These coins are large, precious metal coins with specially commissioned artwork designed to take advantage of the coin’s dimensions.
The 2013 Coronation 5oz coin has been designed by Jonathan Olliffe, who was one of the people who won the competition to design a London 2012 50p. His design features Westminster Abbey as the backdrop with the Sovereign’s Orb and the Sceptre with Cross, in the foreground. The coin’s design captures the majesty of the occasion and the impressive architecture of the location.
The Coronation kilo
Experienced heraldic engraver, John Bergdahl has produced the Coronation Kilo. Featuring the regalia of the Coronation and the gold St Edward’s Crown against a background of interwoven national symbols, this coin is highly evocative of the auspicious events of 2nd June 1953.
2013 is another huge year for Britain, with the Queen’s Coronation, the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground, the 30th Anniversary of the £1 coin and the 350th Anniversary of the Guinea amongst other landmarks! Continue reading →