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 … Read more…

Previously unseen Titanic pictures from The Royal Mint

Previously unseen Titanic pictures from The Royal Mint

In their latest issue, National Geographic have published previously unseen photographs of The Titanic. The photographs show the full ship for the first time and are incredibly atmospheric, capturing the alluring tragedy of the disaster. You can view the new Titanic photographs on the national Geographic website. Our own unseen pictures The Royal Mint has … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 10: Equestrian

The Equestrian 50p was designed by Tom Babbage. We sent Tom our three questions, and here’s what he had to say: Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet? No, I moved to China in March of last year and my coin wasn’t out then. I saw a lot of fencing coins in Preston … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 9: Canoeing

The canoeing 50p was designed by Tim Lees. Tim’s design captures the excitement of the sport, with crashing waves and a steely faced canoeist paddling hard! Here are Tim’s answers to our usual three questions: Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet? I have looked hard for the coins, but only found two … Read more…

Coin ideas – we asked you to tweet your best coin ideas at #coinideas

We had an overwhelming response with hundreds of brilliant entries! Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks to ThePoke for their help in promoting this contest!

Ten tweets made it through to the final, and were shared on The Royal Mint’s intranet so that staff could vote for their favourites. The results are now in and we can reveal the winner…

#coinideas contest hashtag

Before we do that, let’s pay tribute to the other Tweets that made it through. In no particular order:

@AlllanFox77 #coinideas make all coins the same shape and size thus saving the mint money and confusing OAP’s at the same time!

@ivanelovanich #coinideas A dice shaped coin with a different value on each face…. You pay what you roll.

@SB_Murray A coin with a tiny hoover attachment so it cleans up mess it makes whilst using a scratchcard #coinideas #coover™

@RandomVitriol A coin made of a radioactive isotope that decays at exactly the same rate as inflation. #coinideas

@QuantumPirate Royal Mint, why not release scratch & sniff coins showcasing Great British smells? twitpic.com/86c639 #coinideas (@ThePoke)

@OujanikABolakov How’s about coining some great English phrases? #coinideas #abirdinthehand

@OujanikABolakov Insert GPS and create website where their paths can be followed #coinideas #excitementintheoffice

@sridout92 #coinideas #olympic50p Unofficial holidays in the UK such as Fireworks night and Halloween :D

@ronniekeir How about a Denman & Kauto Star commemorative £1 coin? A gold coin as both have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup #coinideas

And the winner is…(drumroll)…

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