What’s In My Change?

Coins from change

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…

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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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Life Inside The Royal Mint – History & treasures surround us!

It’s hard to be brief about the treasures held safely for the nation behind the anonymous door that opens to The Royal Mint Museum, but I’m going to try, so here are some snippets:

cabinetThe Museum holds a cabinet said to be Sir Isaac Newton’swhen he was Master of the Mint from 1699-1727; pistols from the Tower of London that provided the security of those times and literally thousands of coins from all over the world. Plasters of coins and medals from the late 19th Century, wax impressions of the Great Seals of the Realm and other official Seals from the start of the 20th century, are all preserved here.

One of the great treasures, the Waterloo Medal Roll, lists the names of all those who fought at the Battle of Waterloo. Medal-making is an area of our work that is perhaps not very well-known. It began here in 1817 when we made the Waterloo Medals, and continues to this day with production of medals for the Armed Forces and many other organisations.

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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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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?

Please complete the form below and leave any additional comments on this blog or over on Facebook! We’ll pick one lucky person to win a special prize for helping us out!

Sorry this contest is now closed, but you can still submit your suggestions if you would like to!

Your Name (required)

Your Email (optional, only if you want to enter to win a prize)

Which collector albums would you like us to do? Tick as many as apply!

 50p £1 £2 The 'Shield' Coins of the year

Howe many coins do you think the collector folder should hold?

 30+ 15-30 10-15 Less than 10

Should each album be possible to complete immediately, or should we leave space for coins that aren't yet available?

 Complete collection Space for future coins

Any other comments or suggestions?

2012 – the year that was

Although we are all looking forward to 2013…this is a great time to take a look back at some of the best moments of 2012.

As most of you will know our themes for the year were Titanic, Charles Dickens, London 2012 and The Diamond Jubilee. Here we bring together a selection of videos that represent the best of each occasion!
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