The Advent Calendar ‘Offside’ Competition

On Day 15 of our Facebook Advent Calendar, we asked our fans to send us their explanations of the notoriously difficult-to-explain Football Offside Rule.

50p Football Small

With 3 prizes on offer of a London 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!

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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.

The World’s Most Expensive Advent Calendar was a $1m version by Porsche Design in 2010 – there may have been others, but this one is pretty impressive!

Porsche Design's Advent Calendar








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A Lucky Silver Penny for some very special babies!

I’ve had a lovely task recently – looking at copies of Birth Certificates of babies born in the UK on the same day as Prince George of Cambridge. We offered a gift of a Lucky Silver Penny to any such baby, asking for applications through our Facebook page, and the response has been phenomenal.


The Lucky Silver Penny

From the details submitted, we’ve found all sorts of interesting facts to share…

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Your Royal Mint Facebook questions answered!

The Royal Mint’s social media team were lucky enough to have a work experience placement called Leah for a week in July 2013. We asked Leah to post on Facebook asking people to suggest questions that they would like to be answered. Leah researched and wrote the answers to your questions.

You can read her findings below!

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50p collectors, share your tips and stories

So we all know the London 2012 sports 50p’s from the Royal Mint are hard to find…but some people have managed to find them all.

How did they do it?

We asked the best in the business for their tips and here are the top 10!
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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 18: Judo

The Judo 50p coin was designed by David Cornell.

A fascinating fact about this coin…David did contest Judo as a young man for many years and was forced to stop after injuring his shoulder badly doing the throw that is displayed on this coin!

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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 14: Goalball

The Goalball 50p coin was designed by Jonathan Wren.

As ever, we put our three searching questions to the coin designer…read on to find out what he had to say!

1) Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet?

I haven’t but my wife received my 50 pence design as change for a coffee last December which was a fantastic surprise. Between us we have come across 9 other different designs.

2) Have you heard what the British team think about it?

Sadly not but it would be great to hear their thoughts on it!

3) What are you looking forward to in 2012?

Obviously all of London 2012 from the build up to the closing paralympics ceremony and enjoying the event with the family. I was lucky to get some tickets to one of the sessions of Goalball and paralympics athletics in the ballot although unfortunately no joy with Olympic tickets. I’m also looking forward to the football Euros and of course spotting more of the coins in circulation.

About Goalball

What is Goalball I hear you ask…well, here’s a description from the Goallball UK website:

Goalball is a game played by two teams of three players with a maximum of three substitutions on each team.  It is open to both male and female visually impaired athletes,  and sighted players can also play domestically.  It has three main distinguishing features:-

  1. All players wear eyeshades so that they are totally blindfolded
  2. Goalball is played on an indoor court that is 18m long and 9m wide.  The court has tactile markings (string that is taped to the floor), which helps players determine where they are
  3. The ball contains internal bells, which help players locate it during play.

The object of the game is to score a goal by bowling the ball along the floor so that it crosses the goal line of the opposing team. The defending team has to prevent the ball going in to their goal by stopping it while remaining in their team area.  They must then try to control the ball and attack by bowling the ball back again thereby trying to score in the other goal.

Find out more about Goalball

Visit the Goallball UK website

You can follow Goalball UK on Twitter

Like Goalball UK on Facebook

Get the coin to keep!

If you want the keep and collect collector’s pack, you can buy the Goalball 50p on the Royal Mint website

If you’re ready to start the hunt for the coin in your change…you can join other London 2012 50p collectors on Facebook and Twitter!