Here are ten of our favourite coin facts that we have compiled just for fun!
Space Invaders ate our coins The Space Invaders game was so popular when it was released in Japan in 1978 that it caused a national coin shortage!
Japan suffered a nationwide shortage of 100-yen coins and had to increase coin production to keep up with demand.
Space invaders ate my change!
Space Invaders arrived in the United States in 1980 and by mid-1981, $1 billion of quarters had been gobbled up by the game.
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! Continue reading →
The Weightlifting 50p was designed by Rob Shakespeare. Rob, a police officer from Manchester, designed the coin because of his love of the sport. The inspiration for this design was from seeing people lifting and Rob’s attempts at doing it himself.