The Ultimate Royalist

Now that the excitement of the Diamond Jubilee weekend is beginning to fade, the thoughts of everyone at The Royal Mint begin to turn to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

However, we still want to keep the Diamond Jubilee buzz going a little longer…so if you haven’t yet seen the announcement of the Ultimate Royalist competition winners, check out The Ultimate Royalist webpage for details!

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The Diamond Jubilee – part of Royal Mint history, part of Britain’s history…

A Diamond Jubilee is truly special. In Britain’s long history there has only ever been one before now, that of Queen Victoria, the Queen’s great-great-grandmother.

Queen Victoria’s own Diamond Jubilee in 1897 symbolises the spirit of national pride that is still enjoyed on momentous Royal occasions today.

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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 18: Judo

The Judo 50p coin was designed by David Cornell.

A fascinating fact about this coin…David did contest Judo as a young man for many years and was forced to stop after injuring his shoulder badly doing the throw that is displayed on this coin!

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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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Typography and coin design

In over seven years of working in the design and engraving department at The Royal Mint, I cannot recall a coin or medal design that didn’t include some element of written language. Whether it is the notation of an authorising country, the denomination, the year of production, or an artist’s initials; type and typography are fundamental elements of coin design.

Inspired to learn more about typography

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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 16: Handball

The handball 50p was designed by Natasha Ratcliffe. Natasha Ratcliffe is a self-employed sculptor and part-time chef from Cornwall and is responsible for creating both the handball and wheelchair rugby coins. Natasha has a degree in art which she received from the University of Falmouth and specialises in creating coins and medals. She has had … Read more…