The shape of things to come…UK 2013 coins from the Royal Mint

Update: all 2013 coins are now available…and they look incredible! To see all the designs and to buy collector quality version view Royal Mint 2013 UK coins at www.royalmint.com The UK’s official coins and The Royal Mint’s collector offerings for 2013 will be announced shortly. We won’t reveal exactly what they are yet, but here’s … Read more…

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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Medals, old coins, new coins are forever, keep them beautiful forever

If you’ve ever won a medal, been awarded a Military or Royal Honour or own a beautiful coin, you will undoubtedly want to keep it looking as beautiful as the day you proudly acquired it.

But now you and Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, thousands of military and civilian heroes and others have a problem in common – how to keep that precious and beautiful piece of metallic art sparkling.

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The Sovereign in the modern age

Respected, and recognised all over the world, the Sovereign became synonymous with Britain herself. 

At the turn of the century it was one of the world’s most trusted and respected coins. Yet even the Sovereign could not fail to be shaken by a conflict as devastating as the First World War which saw the end of the Sovereign as a coin in daily circulation. Production of Sovereigns in Great Britain almost stopped from 1917, only recommencing briefly in 1925. The coin would not be issued in great numbers again until 1957.

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50p collectors, a national community!

Did you know there are thousands of 50p collectors out there using Twitter to connect with each other, and thousands more on The Royal Mint Facebook page?

Head on over to The Royal Mint’s Facebook page to connect with the collectors on the hunt over there.

To connect on Twitter, check out who’s tweeting at #50pcollectors below. You can also use #Olympic50p or even just tweet directly to @RoyalMintUK

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The Royal Mint Pinterest page keeps growing!

Since we last mentioned Pinterest The Royal Mint’s page has gone from strength to strength.

We now have boards covering a range of topics that relate to The Royal Mint and we are adding new ones all the time. Below you can see a selection of pins from our “Your Olympic and Paralympic 50p Collections” board. These are all pictures that people have tweeted @royalmintuk – have you tweeted yours?

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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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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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29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 15: Gymnastics

The Gymnastics 50p coin was designed by Jonathan Olliffe. Jonathan is a bit of a coin design master, and his design for Aquatics was also a winner. That means we’ve already asked him our three questions…so there’s nothing new to say here. You can keep in touch with Jonathan through his website About British Gymnastics … Read more…

29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 14: Goalball

The Goalball 50p coin was designed by Jonathan Wren. As ever, we put our three searching questions to the coin designer…read on to find out what he had to say! 1) Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet? I haven’t but my wife received my 50 pence design as change for a coffee … Read more…