The Changing Face of British Coins – 60 years of the Queen’s coinage

The Royal Mint is famous for making coins. We have been doing this for over 1000 years and have made coins for every King and Queen of England in that time (as well as for Oliver Cromwell). While we are busy making the change in your pocket, change in society is happening all around us. … Read more…

The Royal Mint Guinea – an association with a right Royal sport

Horse racing is often described as ‘the sport of kings’, but did you know that coin collecting is called ‘the hobby of kings’?

This year marks 200 years of the horse races most commonly and most closely connected to a Royal Mint coin, The 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

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Inside The Royal Mint – Part one – through the gates

As we go about our daily business here at The Royal Mint, we sometimes take for granted the historic and even quirky practices and sights we experience every day. 

In this short series we share some of them with you, to give you a flavour of our lives at the world’s largest export mint and the UK’s oldest manufacturing company. So, first of all, let’s make our way in…

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Help us design the next Royal Mint coin collector folder!

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…

Sir Isaac Newton – did you know?

Sir Isaac Newton. From a portrait by Kneller in 1689

Isaac Newton was appointed Master of the Mint between 1699-1727.

The title ‘Master of the Mint’ is held by the Chancellor of the Exchequer who, at the time of writing, is The Right Honourable George Osborne.

Isaac Newton is the most famous ‘Master of the Mint’ in our history – here are ten relatively little known facts about him:

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2013 coin packs now available at RoyalMint.com

The first few packs from the 2013 coin range are now available at The Royal Mint website.

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!

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The shape of things to come…UK 2013 coins from the Royal Mint

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…

Medals, old coins, new coins are forever, keep them beautiful forever

If you’ve ever won a medal, been awarded a Military or Royal Honour or own a beautiful coin, you will undoubtedly want to keep it looking as beautiful as the day you proudly acquired it.

But now you and Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, thousands of military and civilian heroes and others have a problem in common – how to keep that precious and beautiful piece of metallic art sparkling.

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The Royal Mint at the time of Guy Fawkes

Most people know the story of Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot, but fewer know about the connection it has to The Royal Mint.

Guy Fawkes was interrogated, and tortured, in the Queen’s House which is inside The Tower of London on Tower Green. Tower Green was the scene of many grisly events throughout history including the beheading of Ann Boleyn.  At the time of Guy Fawke’s interrogation, The Royal Mint was located within the walls of the Tower of London. Today, The Royal Mint is based on a highly secure site at the small town of Llantrisant in South Wales.

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The Royal Mint awards itself a CE Mark!

You can probably imagine that, given the quantities involved and the precision required, making coins is a major operation.

It requires a production facility that involves a lot of heavy industrial machinery and some very skilled people.

The engineers who work at The Royal Mint are among the very best in their field. Their skill contributes to our ability to exceed our customers’ expectations and to produce coins that are among the best in the world.

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The Royal Mint’s UK coin circulation figures – correct at August 2012

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?

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