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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Behind the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medals

The London 2012 medals are being produced at The Royal Mint using metal from mines owned by Rio Tinto. We have been entrusted with this prestigious honour due to our long history of excellence in manufacturing and design of coins and medals. We invite you to browse our photo gallery that takes you behind the … Read more…

The only genuine footage of The Titanic

The only genuine footage of The Titanic

Our friends at British Pathe let us use this amazing archive footage. It includes the only genuine footage of The Titanic, along with a lot of other footage from the same era which provides a flavour of a bygone age.

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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 12: Football

The football 50p was designed by Neil Wolfson. Neil Wolfson is a production journalist living in London. He designed his coin in the hope that it would encapsulate football in one simple image. As the offside rule is a perennial talking point, the image is designed to provoke discussion…and it certainly did that! The coin … 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…

Olympic Torch relay route announced

Olympic Torch relay route announced

Today our friends over at London 2012 announced the route of the Torch Relay.                       The Flame will come within ten miles of 95 percent of people in the UK. Which location is nearest to you? Will you be attending to show your support? Do … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 7: Cycling

The cycling 50p was designed by Theo Crutchley-Mack. Theo is at a college in West Yorkshire studying art and design. He has been a dedicated cyclist from a young age and is a member of a cycling club. Theo has tried a variety of cycling styles, which is where he found the inspiration for his … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 6: Boccia

The Boccia 50p was designed by Justin Chung. Sadly…unlike the other blog posts in this series…I haven’t been able to get in touch with Justin. This blog post serves a different purpose then…we must find Justin! If you know Justin Chung, who studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and designed the Boccia 50p, please get in … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 5: Basketball

The basketball 50p was designed by Sarah Payne. Sarah is a designer from Cardiff who works full time for International Greetings PLC one of the world’s leading greetings card and accessories manufacturers. She also remains a freelance designer for Kids at Play, designing battery operated cars, bikes and ride ons that have been sold at … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 3: Athletics

The Athletics 50p was designed by Florence Jackson. The amazing thing is that nine-year-old Florence, from Bristol, is the first child ever to design a Royal Mint UK coin. Florence won this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 2009 after taking part in a competition organised by Blue Peter . The coin design competition was one of the … Read more…