The British spirit of adventure is personified by the historic figure of Captain Cook. As part of our three-year coin series marking the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s epic voyage, we’ll look at his journey. We’ll follow his adventure year by year and learn more about the challenges that marked his voyage as told to us by Charles Forgan, who volunteers at the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby.
A fixture on coins for centuries, Britannia is more than just a symbol, she chronicles the history of the British Isles. Inspired and iconic, she channels the spirit of a nation. Her strength stems from her poise, her shield offers protection and her gaze is trained on the future, driving progress onward.
Each year Britannia is recast, presenting an opportunity for a British artist to reimagine our most famous national symbol. For 2018, David Lawrence returns Britannia to a more classical feel in a composition that channels the spirit of a nation. We recently caught up with David to find out a little more about his design.
Whether it’s the sport, the culture or just a good cup of tea, we have so many reasons to be proud to be British!
Here’s our top five reasons we’re proud to be British this week:
Taking his first steps through life, Prince George has quickly captured hearts across the world, frequently stealing the show wherever he goes. Now, with a year of so many wonderful royal celebrations in full swing, the young prince has already welcomed a new baby brother and taken on a special starring role at his uncle’s wedding. But it’s safe to say that there’s one occasion in 2018 that the prince will be looking forward to more than anything – it’s time to break out the cake and candles for Prince George’s fifth birthday!
The duffle coat, the suitcase, that hat… yes, the rumours were true, Paddington Bear is starting a new adventure and will feature on UK coins, with not one, but two 50p coin designs! This year marks the 60th anniversary since the first publication, today, Paddington is a British icon and we’re excited to celebrate Britain’s most-loved bear on UK coins for the first time.
In June 1953, Her Majesty The Queen was crowned in a ceremony that linked centuries of tradition with changing times. The young Queen Elizabeth II represented a renewed hope for a bright future and the start of a new chapter for Britain. The nation came out in force to celebrate and thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the procession.
Throughout her reign, The Queen has given the nation so many special moments and milestones to celebrate, and we have been proud to have been there for every anniversary and many other happy occasions. Now, as Her Majesty The Queen reaches another milestone, we mark the moment with two coin designs that celebrate the Sapphire Coronation. We recently caught up with Dominique Evans, designer of the Coronation 5oz and Kilo to find out a little more about her design.
On 2 June 1953, Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey. Crowds lined the streets of London to watch the grand procession. The joy of that moment, on that special day, brought cheer to post-war Britain, now, 65 years later, we celebrate a remarkable reign on UK coins.
Two designs have been created for the occasion, both of which are Royal Mint designers; Dominique Evans and Stephen Taylor who is also the designer of The Longest Reigning Monarch £5 crown. We recently caught up with Stephen to find out the inspiration behind his coin design celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Sapphire Coronation.
On May 19 2018, His Royal Highness Henry of Wales will marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. We are sharing the memories and capturing the moment on an official UK £5 coin, bearing a double portrait of Prince Harry and Meghan. Earlier this year we were granted a sitting with Prince Harry and Meghan to capture photographs. The sitting provided designer, Jody Clark with additional reference material to develop a coin design, celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Take a look…
Nothing brings us together quite like a royal street party, a uniquely British occasion. Later this month, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales will marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle, giving us another excuse to share squash and sandwiches in the spirit of neighbourly fun, as we continue our Royal Celebration blog series, we take a look at how this tradition started.
In 1918, we were striking the medals that paid tribute to the brave men and women of the Royal Air Force who played their part as the First World War drew to a close. Now, 100 years later, we are proud to join the RAF in their centenary celebrations, striking five coins for a patriotic … Read more…
Formed at the birth of aviation, bringing together the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Force, the RAF was the world’s first independent air force and is recognised all over the world today for its capability, courage and innovation.
This year, we have joined forces with the RAF to mark their 100th anniversary, with a range of UK coins, celebrating the achievements of the men and women of the RAF and inspiring the next generation. The range begins with the RAF centenary badge £2 coin and continues with four aircraft.