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.

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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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Some fast Friday coin facts

In our post yesterday we talked about some research we recently conducted into how much the population at large know about the coins in their pockets. We will share some of those results with you next week, but in the meantime we used some of the facts we uncovered to put together this great visual guide to UK coins…..hope you find it interesting!

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How much do we know about the coins in our pockets?

Everyone who works here at The Royal Mint, and all you coin fans out there, know that the coins of the United Kingdom are beautiful, intricate works of art, everlasting storytellers of the great events and figures of our history and culture.

But how wide does that knowledge go? How much do the general public really know about the coins in their pockets, the coins they use every day to buy a paper, pay for parking, or help them make decisions?

We were intrigued. So, we decided to ask.

We recently conducted a survey of some 2,000 adults in the UK, asking them questions such as how many different £2 coin designs there are in circulation, how many sides does a 50p coin have, and how many portraits of Queen Elizabeth II can currently be seen on the coins in everyday use.

The results were fascinating, and we will share some of them with you all in our blog next week. Needless to say, the results show we have some work to do in order to increase people’s knowledge of, and love for, the coins they use everyday.

To help people get to know their coins better, and to gain a greater appreciation of their beauty and diversity, we have recently launched three new collector albums, which are available now from our website

Following on from the hugely popular London 2012 50p collector albums, these new folders are the same size and format, but are designed to help people collect all the other circulating commemorative 50p, £1 and £2 coins that are out there in everyday use.

50p front

This 50p album has space for 16 50p coins, from Britannia to Benjamin Britten. One of the rarest and hardest to find is the Kew Gardens 50p coin from 2009, as only 210,000 went into circulation.

50p inside

At the other end of the scale, some 3.4 million of Matthew Dent’s WWF 50p coins have entered circulation since 2011!

The £1 coin celebrated its 30th birthday this year, and since its introduction in 1983 there have been 21 different designs that celebrate the symbols, nature and engineering achievements of the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom.

£1 front

Again, the different amounts of the coins that have gone out into public use means that some are more difficult to find than others. Nearly 100 million of 2005′s Menai Bridge design were produced….

£1 inside

…while just over 2.5 million of 2010′s ‘London’ coin made it out into the world.

Finally, the £2 album encourages people to hunt down all the different £2 designs that have been released up to and including the hugely popular 2013 London Underground coins, one of which (the logo design) was designed by the same people who created the iconic torch for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

£2 front

Each album also includes space for a special completer medallion for each collection, with more details to come on those very soon. We hope they will prove very popular, and that they might prompt a greater appreciation of and interest in the coins we use every day.

Do you have a favourite coin out there in circulation today?

We’ll share some more of the research results with you next week, but in the meantime, here are the answers to the questions we posted above.

Q. How many different £2 coin designs there are in circulation? A. 23

Q. How many sides does a 50p coin have? A. 7

Q. How many portraits of Queen Elizabeth II can currently be seen on the coins in everyday use. A. 3

Happy hunting!

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!

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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!

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

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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?

50p collectors, a national community!

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.

To connect on Twitter, check out who’s tweeting at #50pcollectors below. You can also use #Olympic50p or even just tweet directly to @RoyalMintUK

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The Olympic circulation 50p – the FREE collectable for London 2012

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!
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