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’s when 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.

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Medals, old coins, new coins are forever, keep them beautiful forever

If you’ve ever won a medal, been awarded a Military or Royal Honour or own a beautiful coin, you will undoubtedly want to keep it looking as beautiful as the day you proudly acquired it.

But now you and Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, thousands of military and civilian heroes and others have a problem in common – how to keep that precious and beautiful piece of metallic art sparkling.

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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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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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The Royal Mint welcomes Cheryl Gillan as she visits Welsh businesses getting set for London 2012

Staff at The Royal Mint welcomed the secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan, yesterday as she visited the highly secure manufacturing site as part of her tour of businesses, specialists and elite athletes all involved in the mission to bring Olympic and Paralympic glory to Wales. Following a recent trade visit to South East … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 17: Hockey

The Hockey 50p coin was designed by Robert Evans.

Robert Evans, the designer of the Hockey 50p coin, lives in Cardiff and is an engraver/sculptor at the Royal Mint. He entered the competition because he is passionate about athletics and thought it was a great way to get involved with London 2012. To make sure he captured the sport accurately, Robert took a series of photographs of two hockey players from the University of Glamorgan and based his design on them.

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