Behind the design: The last ‘round pound’

As we get ready to bid a fond farewell to a coin that has earned a place in our hearts, pockets and history, the ’round’ pound, we celebrate the artistry that has featured on the coin for the last thirty-three years across twenty-five designs.

Gregory Cameron, a Bishop of the Anglican Church in North East Wales, is a keen amateur artist and coin collector and it’s his design that features on the commemorative last ’round pound’. For his design, Gregory drew inspiration from heraldic beasts and the Royal Arms, to incorporate the four nations – each represented by their national heraldic beast, standing proud. On his recent trip to The Royal Mint, we caught up with Gregory to find out a little more about his inspiration for his last ’round pound’ design.


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Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday!

This year, on 21 April, Her Majesty The Queen reaches her 90th birthday – the first British monarch ever to reach this milestone! This is another in a long list of records to be broken by The Queen. Just last year, on 9 September 2015, The Queen became Britain’s longest reigning monarch when her reign surpassed that of her Grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years and 215 days. Not only is The Queen Britain’s longest reigning monarch, she has also conducted more royal visits than any other British monarch, undertaking more than 270 official overseas trips visiting 116 different countries. The Queen has opened fifteen bridges, launched 23 ships and is Patron of more than 600 charities. 

Soon, it will be time to bring out the bunting again as the festivities begin! As celebrations will begin on April 21st in Windsor and will be drawn to a close with a street party along The Mall on Sunday 12 June.

The Queens 90th birthday silver coins 7

So, exactly how will the nation be celebrating this momentous occasion?

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Guest blog: Who was Beatrix Potter?

The wonderful world of Beatrix Potter has graced the lives of many; a pioneer of storytelling, she created many small books for many small hands. Both her characters and tales have been cherished for more than 100 years and her legacy lives on through them. But just who was Beatrix Potter? We’ve been in touch with Linda Lear at the Beatrix Potter Society, to give us an insight into the lady behind the tales; Beatrix the artist, the entrepreneur, the natural scientist and the conservationist.

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Your Collections: Robert Durrant

This year, The Royal Mint is inviting coin collectors far and wide to share their collections with us and our Royal Mint blog readers. From old coins to new, commemorative to circulating, we would like to get to know more about you and your collections; from the whys to the whats, putting your collections in the spotlight in our new ‘Your Collections’ blog feature.

So far we have had a wonderful response to our request and have thoroughly enjoyed reading through your responses. So, without further ado, we would like to introduce our first installment of Your Collections in which we find out more about 42 year old coin collector, Robert Durrant, and his vast collection of coins from across the globe that began with a penny he found in his parent’s garden.

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Are there more 2016 UK coins to come?

We recently announced the commemorative themes for 2016, and what a response we’ve had. We’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic feedback we’ve received on our Facebook and Twitter; it is safe to say that 2016 is set to be a bumper year for UK coins!

To recap, in total we have revealed eight new UK coins so far. These include one 50p, one £1 coin, five £2 coins, and one £5 coin. Anniversaries for The Great Fire of London, the Battle of Hastings and William Shakespeare are all marked alongside the last ’round pound’, a £2 coin honouring the role of the Army in the First World War and a £5 coin marking Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. But, have the recently updated collector albums revealed that there are yet more to come?


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Causing a stir on Stir-Up Sunday

If you follow The Royal Mint on social media, you will have noticed that last Sunday was ‘Stir-Up Sunday‘ – a day when families and groups get together to make their Christmas puddings. Traditionally the final ingredient to be stirred in to the mix is a silver sixpence – it is believed to bring the finder wealth and good luck for the year to come. Some families have used the same Christmas sixpence for as long as they can remember, passed down from generation to generation. As for others, this year’s Stir-Up Sunday marked the start of a new family Christmas tradition.

Stir Up Sunday ingredients and Christmas pudding

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