Top Three Facts – the Portrait of Britain Coin Designs

Starting in 2014, the Portrait of Britain Collection is intended to be an annual series of coin sets that portray popular and recognisable landmarks, buildings and natural phenomena from all over the United Kingdom. The idea is that each set  is linked by a common theme, and that over time those themed sets will combine to build what the collection promises; a complete ‘Portrait of Britain’.

The Portrait of Britain Collection

For this first Portrait of Britain set, the common theme is the recognisable landmarks and buildings of London. We’ve pulled together just three facts about each one for you, to set the scene. There are, of course, many more we will talk about in future articles, so stay with us!

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10 Fascinating Facts about Trinity House and the £2

Trinity House coin

The Trinity House two pound coin appropriately features a lighthouse, so we’ve taken that to its logical conclusion by photographing it very near one! This coin is, in fact, resting on a rock at the site of the Beachy Head lighthouse, off the Sussex Downs coast.

We thought you’d enjoy some facts, figures and swashbuckling tales about Trinity House and the new £2 coin – so here’s our Top 10:

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Sir Isaac Newton – did you know?

Sir Isaac Newton. From a portrait by Kneller in 1689

Isaac Newton was appointed Master of the Mint between 1699-1727.

The title ‘Master of the Mint’ is held by the Chancellor of the Exchequer who, at the time of writing, is The Right Honourable George Osborne.

Isaac Newton is the most famous ‘Master of the Mint’ in our history – here are ten relatively little known facts about him:

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Remembrance Day – the powerful moment and poppies

The powerful moment that is the Two Minute Silence began on the first anniversary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1919.

The War Cabinet discussed it on 5 November and approved a ‘Service of Silence’ on Armistice Day. The only amendment they made was to the duration, to one minute, subject to approval from King George V. Lord Milner drafted a ‘personal request’ for the King and took it to Buckingham Palace. However, The King altered the duration of the silence back to two minutes and the announcement was carried by all national newspapers on 7 November 1919.

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The Royal Mint expands into the bullion market

Designing and producing coins has been at the heart of The Royal Mint’s responsibilities for over 1,000 years. Here Bullion Sales Manager Nick Bowkett outlines The Royal Mint’s new strategies, designed to help meet increased demand for bullion coins. “2012 promises to be a significant year for the business for two reasons,” explains Nick. “Firstly, … 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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