29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 12: Football

The football 50p was designed by Neil Wolfson. Neil Wolfson is a production journalist living in London. He designed his coin in the hope that it would encapsulate football in one simple image. As the offside rule is a perennial talking point, the image is designed to provoke discussion…and it certainly did that! The coin … Read more…

Previously unseen Titanic pictures from The Royal Mint

Previously unseen Titanic pictures from The Royal Mint

In their latest issue, National Geographic have published previously unseen photographs of The Titanic. The photographs show the full ship for the first time and are incredibly atmospheric, capturing the alluring tragedy of the disaster. You can view the new Titanic photographs on the national Geographic website. Our own unseen pictures The Royal Mint has … 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…

Do you have a question for the designer of UK coins?

Matt Dent is the talented British designer behind the now famous ‘shield’ that adorns the reverse of the UK’s coinage. You will have seen it on coins in your change, and perhaps you have also bought the 2012 Collector Proof set. The design won the coveted D&AD Black Pencil award and saw Matt featured in … Read more…

The Football 50p: Offside explained

There’s some debate about whether The Royal Mint’s Football 50p design accurately explains the offside ‘rule’. The coin’s designer, Neil Wolfson, says he never intended the coin to explain the detail of the rule, but simply to provide a strong design that showed what an offside position is. He gives us some insight into his … Read more…