How many of us have ever asked ourselves the question – what’s in my change? Those of us who have will know the answer, of course, which is – more history, art and treasure than you could imagine! Let me elaborate…
Here are ten of our favourite coin facts that we have compiled just for fun!
- Space Invaders ate our coins
The Space Invaders game was so popular when it was released in Japan in 1978 that it caused a national coin shortage!
Japan suffered a nationwide shortage of 100-yen coins and had to increase coin production to keep up with demand.
Space Invaders arrived in the United States in 1980 and by mid-1981, $1 billion of quarters had been gobbled up by the game.
We want to design a folder for collectors of coins from change that is the best it can possibly be! We have been working on designs, but we need your input. Which coins would you like to collect? How many should each collection contain? How can we improve on the London 2012 50p collector folder? … Read more…
Update: all 2013 coins are now available…and they look incredible! To see all the designs and to buy collector quality version view Royal Mint 2013 UK coins at www.royalmint.com The UK’s official coins and The Royal Mint’s collector offerings for 2013 will be announced shortly. We won’t reveal exactly what they are yet, but here’s … Read more…
Traditionally, we have always published our coin circulation figures once a year. Recently though, we have been able to access the figures on a monthly basis. To take advantage of this we’ve tried to make the figures more accessible by putting them into an infographic.
Does it help you understand the numbers? Have you got any ideas for future versions? Did you know there are nearly 500 coins in circulation for every person in the UK? Does this help you understand why London 2012 Sports 50ps are fairly rare even though there are 50,000,000 of them?
Did you know there are thousands of 50p collectors out there using Twitter to connect with each other, and thousands more on The Royal Mint Facebook page?
Head on over to The Royal Mint’s Facebook page to connect with the collectors on the hunt over there.
Since we last mentioned Pinterest The Royal Mint’s page has gone from strength to strength.
We now have boards covering a range of topics that relate to The Royal Mint and we are adding new ones all the time. Below you can see a selection of pins from our “Your Olympic and Paralympic 50p Collections” board. These are all pictures that people have tweeted @royalmintuk – have you tweeted yours?
The 2012 Olympic Games held in London this summer have evoked feelings of excitement across the country. To celebrate this occasion, The Royal Mint released a set of commemorative 50 pence pieces for the public to collect.
In recognition of the national pride which the Games inspire, we decided to fully involve the public in the release by giving YOU the opportunity to design the coins. The competition was launched nationwide in 2009, giving people of all ages and professions the chance to design the reverse side of 29 sports-themed coins. This was the first time the Royal Mint had ever asked members of the public to design a coin!
The Weightlifting 50p was designed by Rob Shakespeare. Rob, a police officer from Manchester, designed the coin because of his love of the sport. The inspiration for this design was from seeing people lifting and Rob’s attempts at doing it himself.
The Volleyball 50p was designed by Daniela Boothman.