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United Kingdom: DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin features on latest “Innovation in Science” coin series

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The Royal Mint has released (20th July) new 50-pence commemorative coins which honour one of the country’s most eminent scientists of the 20th century

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United Kingdom: DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin features on latest “Innovation in Science” coin series

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The Royal Mint has released (20th July) new 50-pence commemorative coins which honour one of the country’s most eminent scientists of the 20th century

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United Kingdom: Augmented reality features on final three-coin set in Tales of the Earth Dinosauria series

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The Royal Mint has released (1st June) the third coin in their popular and first numismatic programme which utilised an augmented reality application as part of the design and theme

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United Kingdom: Augmented reality features on final three-coin set in Tales of the Earth Dinosauria series

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The Royal Mint has released (1st June) the third coin in their popular and first numismatic programme which utilised an augmented reality application as part of the design and theme

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United Kingdom: Third and final £2 coin in the James Cook anniversary trilogy series released

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The Royal Mint has released (18th May) their third and final coin which is part of the three-year series and recognised the 250th anniversary and chronicled the three-year extraordinary journey of Captain James Cook and his crew aboard the HM Bark Endeavour, beginning in August 1768

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United Kingdom: Third and final £2 coin in the James Cook anniversary trilogy series released

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The Royal Mint has released (18th May) their third and final coin which is part of the three-year series and recognised the 250th anniversary and chronicled the three-year extraordinary journey of Captain James Cook and his crew aboard the HM Bark Endeavour, beginning in August 1768

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United Kingdom: 75th anniversary of VE-Day remembered on new £2 commemorative coins

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The Royal Mint has released (4th May) new £2 commemorative coins remembering the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which was celebrated throughout much of the European continent on the 8th May 1945

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United Kingdom: 75th anniversary of VE-Day remembered on new £2 commemorative coins

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The Royal Mint has released (4th May) new £2 commemorative coins remembering the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, which was celebrated throughout much of the European continent on the 8th May 1945

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British rarities rank among the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation announced in April 2020 that its London affiliate, NGC UK, has certified a 1952 British penny. If an American collector focuses only on U

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British rarities rank among the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation announced in April 2020 that its London affiliate, NGC UK, has certified a 1952 British penny. If an American collector focuses only on U

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In the wake of the outbreak of the Wuhan strain of the COVID-19 virus, we need our hobby and activity more than ever

The Wuhan strain of the COVID-19 virus has, for the most part, overtaken world headlines as many countries battle an unseen enemy. It’s hard to believe, just eight weeks ago, that many of us in the coin industry were attending the World Money Fair in Berlin

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United Kingdom: Peter Rabbit hops onto new 50-pence coins in time for Easter — and for the very last time

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The Royal Mint has announced (19th March) the return of one of the most famous and best-loved children’s literary characters, Peter Rabbit, onto UK commemorative 50-pence coins for one last time

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United Kingdom: “Most popular poet,” William Wordsworth, honoured on new commemorative crown coins

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The Royal Mint has launched (9th March) new gold and silver commemorative crown coins on the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of the country’s most beloved poets and regarded the world over as one of the greatest authors to have ever written in the English language

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United Kingdom: Latest “Queen’s Beasts” gold and silver coins launch the White Horse of Hanover

The Royal Mint has released (24th February) the White Horse of Hanover, which is the eighth coin in the Queen’s Beasts bullion and Proof coin collection. The White Horse of Hanover is one of 10 heraldic Beasts that form the Queen’s Beasts

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United Kingdom: New collector coin series, the Dinosauria Collection, begins with Megalosaurus

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The Royal Mint has launched (13th February) a new series focusing on the discovery of the planet’s prehistoric inhabitants, the dinosaurs, which roamed the Earth for more than 160 million years

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United Kingdom: Brexit 50-pence collector editions released for circulation

The Royal Mint has released collector editions of the Brexit coins, produced in recognition of the British exit from the European Union. After 47 years, as part of the single market developed initially as the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), an organisation of six European countries was established in 1951 to regulate their industrial production under a centralised authority

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World Money Fair shines in Berlin as Mint of Japan hosts international event

Those who make up the coin industry gathered once again to attend the World Money Fair (WMF). The international event, which is the largest gathering of its kind, was hosted at the Estrel Convention Centre located in the eclectic Berlin borough of Neukölln (the 49th WMF has been at the same location for the 15th consecutive time)

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World Money Fair shines in Berlin as Mint of Japan hosts international event

Those who make up the coin industry gathered once again to attend the World Money Fair (WMF). The international event, which is the largest gathering of its kind, was hosted at the Estrel Convention Centre located in the eclectic Berlin borough of Neukölln (the 49th WMF has been at the same location for the 15th consecutive time)

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United Kingdom: Brexit 50-pence collector editions released for circulation

The Royal Mint has released collector editions of the Brexit coins, produced in recognition of the British exit from the European Union. After 47 years, as part of the single market developed initially as the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), an organisation of six European countries was established in 1951 to regulate their industrial production under a centralised authority

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United Kingdom: New “BREXIT” coins set for release on day UK departs the European Union

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Her Majesty’s Treasury has announced that the commemorative 50-pence coins minted to mark the departure of the UK from the European Union are scheduled for release on Friday, the 31st January — the day of the country’s actual departure

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United Kingdom: Renowned rock band Queen launches new “Music Legends” collector coin series

The Royal Mint has launched (20th January) a new collector coin series entitled “Music Legends,” which honours some of the world’s best and most admired music whose origins stem from the United Kingdom. Launching this groundbreaking series is the iconic band, Queen, which is the first time that a British band has been celebrated on British coinage

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2020 edition (55th edition) of Coins of England now available in U.S.

The 2020 edition of Coins of England and the United Kingdom is the 55th update and revision of the long-time standard. Now edited by Emma Howard, the two-volume set is divided into pre-decimal issues in hardback and decimal issues in paperback

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Bahamas: New limited quantity gold bullion coins featuring sea life motifs launched

The Central Bank of the Bahamas has announced the imminent issue of two new bullion-quality gold coins, though with very limited mintages. The 2019-dated coins are the second year in which the Central Bank has launched gold coins, and due to their limited quantity, have been seen as collector’s pieces

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Australia: 2020-dated base-metal Proof set includes the Queen’s sixth effigy

The Royal Australian Mint has released the 2020-dated six-coin base-metal Proof sets which for the first year features the sixth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The sixth portrait, created by Royal Mint UK engraver Jody Clark is the fifth likeness to be included on Australian coinage since the Queen’s accession in 1952

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United Kingdom: New collector series launches with gold and silver Proof coins

The Royal Mint has released (25th November) new gold and silver collector’s coins which launch a new collector series entitled the “Great Engravers.” The series will highlight some of the Royal Mint’s great artisans who have made significant contributions to British coinage — many regarded as numismatic masterpieces

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United Kingdom: 50th anniversary of first issue of iconic seven-sided 50-pence coin officially celebrated

The Royal Mint has released (24th September) new commemorative coins which celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first issue of the country’s still distinctive and now iconic seven-sided 50-pence coins. As the United Kingdom revised their currency system in 1971 to adopt a decimal system, a new denomination was to emerge

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United Kingdom: 50th anniversary of first issue of iconic seven-sided 50-pence coin officially celebrated

The Royal Mint has released (24th September) new commemorative coins which celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first issue of the country’s still distinctive and now iconic seven-sided 50-pence coins. As the United Kingdom revised their currency system in 1971 to adopt a decimal system, a new denomination was to emerge

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United Kingdom: Exceptional Pattern penny of King Edward VIII to be auctioned later this month

An exceptionally rare Pattern penny struck during the brief reign of King Edward VIII is set to be auctioned later in September. The coin, whose sale is to be arranged by Spink, London, is regarded as a “Pattern” and dated “1937,” was one of a tiny handful of trial coins that were quietly produced by the Royal Mint in anticipation of Edward VIII’s coronation, which would have occurred in May 1937

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United Kingdom: Adventurous travelling bear, Paddington, out and about in the city of London once again on new coins

The Royal Mint has released (13th August) two new commemorative coins featuring one of the world’s most lovable children’s characters, Paddington Bear. Following up on the popularity of the 2018-dated 50-pence coins which saw Paddington visit his namesake train station and the guards outside Buckingham Palace, the latest coins depict Paddington’s adventures to two of the capital’s most iconic landmarks: The Royal Mint’s former home, the Tower of London, and St

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United Kingdom: Plans to mint “Brexit” coin revisited in time for departure date

It has been reported that plans to mint a commemorative coin to mark the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union have gained traction once again as Britain’s Finance Minister is understood to have scheduled production for the coins.
Mainstream media in the UK has published information that British chancellor Sajid Javid has asked officials to look into whether it would be possible to produce the circulation-quality 50-pence coins in volume that could be ready for the UK’s scheduled EU departure date on the 31st October

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United Kingdom: Ceremony of the Keys features on last Proof coins in Tower of London Crown Collection

Today, (6th August) The Royal Mint officially launched the final coin in the 2019-dated Tower of London Collection and is entitled “The Ceremony of the Keys.” Following on from the Yeoman Warders, the Ceremony of the Keys coin follows on one of Britain’s most iconic heritage sites and celebrates a ritual that has taken place since the year 1340 during Edward III’s reign

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United Kingdom: Rare early sovereign offered by Royal Mint by ballot

The Royal Mint has announced that after having acquired an exceedingly rare British gold sovereign coin, they will make it available to an interested collector by ballot.
The coin in question, an 1819-dated George III sovereign, was first minted just two years after the initial issue of the country’s first gold coins since the great re-coinage of 1816, which saw the removal of gold guineas of 21 shillings and the introduction gold sovereigns of 20 shillings

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United Kingdom: 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth observed with limited edition strike on the day sovereign

The Royal Mint has released new special edition sovereigns to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the country’s longest-reigning monarchs, Queen Victoria. The 24th May marks exactly 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria

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United Kingdom: Second £2 coins marking the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s discoveries now available in precious metal

The Royal Mint has launched (21st May) the precious metal versions of the second of three coins commemorating the 250th anniversary of the momentous voyage begun by Captain James Cook and the ultimate discovery of a vast continent at the bottom of the globe: Australia.
Captain James Cook grew up in the historic port of Whitby in North Yorkshire, England, until the age of 17

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United Kingdom: Penny and two-pence pieces gain reprieve from chancellor

The question arose once again this month about whether the two smallest coin denominations should be discontinued in the United Kingdom. This was today put to rest at least for the foreseeable future by British Finance Minister Philip Hammond

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Mayflower Quadricentenary Numismatic Program: Does it matter that it is not a congressionally mandated commemorative?

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United Kingdom: One of the world’s most remarkable diaries, authored by Samuel Pepys, remembered on new £2 coin

The Royal Mint has made available precious metal versions of the £2 commemorative coins that celebrate the 350th anniversary of the final entry into one of the world’s most remarkable diaries, authored by Samuel Pepys (1633-1703). He is being honoured for his contributions in illuminating some of the most historical events of the 17th century

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United Kingdom: 50th anniversary of iconic 50-pence coin marked with Brilliant Uncirculated five-coin set

The Royal Mint has launched (25th March) a new five-coin set which features some of the most popular commemorative reverse designs in the 50-year history of issuing the revolutionary 50-pence circulation coin. At the time of its introduction, it wasn’t realised just how much the coin would become a symbol of “Britishness” in terms of originality and inventiveness

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United Kingdom: Famed physicist Stephen Hawking and his groundbreaking achievements celebrated on new 50-pence coin

The Royal Mint has released (12th March) new commemorative coins which are in remembrance of the late physicist Stephen Hawking, internationally renowned for his pioneering work on black holes. This work, which used a tentative unification of Einstein’s theory of general relativity with quantum mechanics, reported that black holes should not be completely black and instead emit radiation, meaning they evaporate and eventually disappear

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United Kingdom: Delay of proposed “Brexit” coin announced by HM Treasury

It was confirmed by Her Majesty’s Treasury on the 18th March that commemorative coins meant to mark the day that the United Kingdom would officially leave the European Union will be delayed, in terms of their production and release. On the 29th October of last year, the treasury announced there would be commemorative 50-pence coins released for the historic occasion

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Australia: Final gold and silver coins to feature Ian Rank-Broadley’s beloved design

The Royal Australian Mint (RAM) will begin phasing out the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2019. This is the end of an era for Australian currency, since the Ian Rank-Broadley design has been proudly included on the obverse of Australia’s coin currency since 1998, and was the fifth effigy of the Queen to be featured

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United Kingdom: The Yale of Beaufort rears its head in latest coin added to the “Queen’s Beasts” bullion coin series

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The Royal Mint has released (22nd February) their latest coin design which is part of the immensely successful and popular series entitled “Queen’s Beasts

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United Kingdom: Sneak peek at British commemorative coins for 2019

The Royal Mint has launched (1st January) the British commemorative coins that will be featured in 2019 and which will be included in deluxe Mint and Proof sets. Included in the Brilliant Uncirculated annual coin set, which contains the eight definitive circulation coins (one penny to 50-pence) presented together to complete the “picture-puzzle” design by Matthew Dent featuring the Royal Arms that was introduced to British coinage in 2008

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United Kingdom: Costs revealed to replace previous £1 coin with new high-tech counterfeit-proof coin

The British Treasury has revealed the overall costs so far to replace the original one-pound coins which were replaced with a newer, high-tech circulation pound coin. The cost to the British taxpayer has thus reached more than £5,500,000 ($7,100,000), initially to collect the more than 1

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United Kingdom: 12-sided pound coin may be minted for British Overseas Territories

The British Treasury, along with Chancellor Philip Hammond, have hinted that the new 12-sided pound coin introduced into circulation in the United Kingdom in March 2017 may now be minted for the British Overseas Territories. This additional information follows the announcement by the treasury of Guernsey in October 2017 that more than £500,000 worth of Guernsey pound coins will be withdrawn from circulation in favour of circulating the new British one-pound coin

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Canada: Nostalgic gold and silver coins remember 110 years since the inauguration of the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new collector coins which take a look back to the year in which the Mint itself was launched as the official provider of circulation coins for Canada, which began with the minting of the iconic gold sovereign coin.
The British gold sovereign was one of the world’s most famous gold coins of the modern era and the flagship coin of the Royal Mint in the United Kingdom

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United Kingdom announces that a commemorative 50-pence coin will be issued to mark Brexit

It was announced and confirmed today by HM Treasury in the United Kingdom that they will officially issue a commemorative coin to mark the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, commonly referred to as Brexit. The announcement was made after the delivery of the annual budget speech by the Finance Minister Philip Hammond, who is referred to as the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the House of Commons

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United Kingdom: 2018-dated holiday crown launches in time to be the perfect gift for coin collecting friends and family

The Royal Mint has launched their latest holiday-themed coin, which is the second year that sees a specially designed crown coin minted with a holiday (or Christmas) theme, well in time to add this unique gift to your holiday list.
The Brilliant Uncirculated crown coin is presented in a Christmas card, which simply makes it ideal for those who are ardent coin collectors

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United Kingdom: New crown coin celebrates the 70th birthday of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales

The Royal Mint has released (15th October) the new coins that will commemorate the latest celebration for the Royal Family in 2018, which is the 70th birthday of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, occurring on the 14th November 2018. The portrait of the Prince of Wales has been created by experienced engraver Robert Elderton, whose previous coin designs include the 40th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation in 1993 and a portrait of HRH the Duke of Sussex on his 21st birthday

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United Kingdom: Lunar Year of the Pig takes centre stage on new gold and silver collector coins

The Royal Mint has officially launched (20th September) their long-awaited 2019 Lunar New Year collector coins, which have been issued since 2014 and include designs corresponding to the Chinese zodiac. The new 2019-dated coins are in celebration of the Year of the Boar, or Pig

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United Kingdom: New coins feature the falcon, the fifth design to feature in Queen’s Beasts series

The Royal Mint has released the latest coin in the “Queen’s Beasts,” the very popular coin series which focuses on both real and mythical animals and beasts which are prevalent in heraldry and medieval crests. The fifth coin, in what will be a series of 10 beasts when completed, features the Falcon of the Plantagenets — the dynasty which held the English throne from 1154 with the accession of King Henry II until 1485, and the accession of Henry Tudor, known as King Henry VII

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United Kingdom: New 2018 Britannia Proof quality coins feature classical depiction of iconic allegorical figure

The Royal Mint has launched (4th July) their latest line of Britannia Proof quality coins in both gold and silver, with a new unique design featured every year. This year, the Royal Mint chose the design created by David Lawrence, whose fresh new design of Britannia has captured the spirit of a nation, portraying Britannia as a familiar figure looking forward towards a changing horizon

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United Kingdom: New coin series celebrates the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s voyage of discovery

The Royal Mint has launched (11th June) a new three-year series which will mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s epic voyage of discovery aboard HM Bark Endeavour.
The son of a farm hand, Captain James Cook (1728–1779) grew up in the historic port of Whitby from the age of 17

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As Queen becomes first monarch to reach her Sapphire Coronation Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June, “world’s first” gold quarter sovereign was released

Featuring a portrait of the Queen on horseback, one of these limited edition coins was donated to equestrian charity, The Horse Rangers Association, at a ceremony in Hampton Court
Collectibles firm The Bradford Exchange has released a brand new gold quarter sovereign to commemorate the Queen’s Sapphire Coronation Jubilee, marking Her Majesty’s incredible milestone when she became the first British monarch to reach the 65th anniversary of their coronation on Saturday 2nd June. The 2018 Gold Quarter Sovereign features a portrait of the Queen on horseback, recalling a similar image which was used on the first commemorative coin of her reign, the 1953 Coronation Crown, and then on subsequent coins celebrating her Majesty’s Jubilees over the decades

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United Kingdom: New crown coin celebrates the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Royal Mint has released new crown coins which are minted in celebration of the wedding of Her Majesty’s third grandson, His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales, to his intended, Meghan Markle. The ceremony takes place on the 19th May

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United Kingdom: The Black Bull of Clarence is the latest issue charging out of the “Queen’s Beasts” coin series

The Royal Mint have released (27th February) the latest coin in their highly successful “Queen’s Beasts” series of coins highlighting the mythical and real animals which are prevalent in British heraldic representation. The newest coin features the Black Bull of Clarence — one of 10 heraldic representations that can be seen cropping up throughout centuries of British heraldry

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United Kingdom launches new “Great British Coin Hunt” project and smartphone app about the A to Z of Britain

The Royal Mint have launched (1st March) a new Great British coin project which will see the issue of 26 new 10-pence coin designs whose theme is in line with the alphabet and highlights 26 of the country’s favourite or iconic references. From the date of the project’s launch, all 26 designs will be shown on the reverse side of 10-pence coins and will make their way into general circulation

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United Kingdom: Academy of Arts features on new £5 crown coin

The Royal Mint have launched (14th February) a new crown coin which is in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts. The striking of the Royal Academy 250th Anniversary Commemorative Coin highlights more than just the RA 250 celebrations — it also shines a light on a number of important historical, cultural, and symbolic links that have been maintained between the Royal Mint and the Royal Academy of Arts since it first opened in 1768

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United Kingdom: Regal crown coin celebrates four royal generations of succession

The Royal Mint has launched (29th January) a new five-pound crown coin in recognition of the rare instance of four generations of the royal family who are in line to the throne, which is presently held by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Not since 1894 has there been four generations of the royal family who were in succession to the throne at the same time

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United Kingdom: New £2 coin celebrates the centenary anniversary of the Royal Air Force

The Royal Mint have unveiled (1st January) the design for a new two-pound coin issued in celebration of the centenary anniversary of the Royal Air Force, which came into being in 1918. The need for air power was realised during the deadly European conflict which erupted in July 1914

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United Kingdom: Centenary anniversary of the end of the Great War observed with new £2 coin

The Royal Mint have unveiled (1st January) the design for the final commemorative two-pound coin in their ongoing series which marks the centenary anniversary of the commencement and conclusion of the Great War in Europe. The deadly conflict, which was described 100 years ago as the “war to end all wars,” began in July 1914 with the assassination of the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne

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Inaugural exhibit of Tyrant Collection treasures includes first U.S. display of rare 1937 Edward VIII Proof Set

The February 2018 Long Beach Expo “Tyrants of the Thames” display will feature $15 million of superb portrait coins spanning 1,400 years of England’s numismatic history
(Long Beach, California) January 10, 2018 — The first public display of a portion of the extensive numismatic treasures in the recently revealed Tyrant Collection will be at the February 22-24, 2018, Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo and will feature a $15 million exhibit of historic English coins.
Labeled “The Tyrants of the Thames,” the inaugural exhibition in a planned multi-year series of displays from the collection will showcase more than 500 superbly preserved examples of portrait coins minted in the Thames Valley over the last 1,400 years

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United Kingdom: Fantastic two-pound coin issued to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein

The Royal Mint have unveiled (1st January) the new design of the third commemorative two-pound coin issued in remembrance of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein — a work of fiction which was to take the world by storm in terms of originality and imagination.
On a stormy night in 1816, a group of friends gathered at a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva to tell each other ghost stories

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United Kingdom: Retro design crown coin issued to celebrate Prince George’s fifth birthday

The Royal Mint have unveiled (1st January) the design of a new crown coin which will be issued in celebration of the fifth birthday of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, eldest child of their Royal Highness’ the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who was born on the 22nd July 2013, and first grandchild of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
It’s hard to believe that five years have already passed since the gun salutes were first fired in his honour and the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out in celebration

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United Kingdom: Bullion quality gold sovereign coins for 2018 launched

The Royal Mint have launched (13th December) their gold sovereign and half sovereign coins dated 2018 which are struck specially for the bullion market. The Bullion strike is an Uncirculated and detailed version of the classic sovereign coin and differs somewhat from the select Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof versions usually marketed as presentation pieces or as collector’s coins

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United Kingdom: The Royal Mint unleashes the Red Dragon of Wales on new silver coin

The Royal Mint has launched (4th December) one of the latest coins which is part of the ongoing and popular series entitled “The Queen’s Beasts.” This latest coin is one of ten heraldic Queen’s Beasts that can be seen cropping up through centuries of British Heraldry

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United Kingdom: 2018 sovereigns with special privy mark honour 65th anniversary of Queen’s coronation

The Royal Mint has struck a series of gold sovereigns which are specially produced to remember the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s coronation. The celebratory editions of the 2018-dated sovereigns, the “Coins of the Monarch,” feature a special mintmark depicting a royal crown with “65” entwined in the design

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United Kingdom: Remembrance Day, the end of the Great War, displayed on new crown coin

The Royal Mint have released a new crown coin which honours the observance of Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the end of the Great War (later, after 1945, referred to as World War I). As the world reaches the centenary anniversary of the conclusion of this deadly conflict, once referred to as the “war to end all wars” due to the new weapons and strategies utilised on the battlefields, the ceremony known as Remembrance Day takes on a greater degree of solemnity and historical importance

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The World of Leading Bullion Coins book launch

Metals Focus has announced the launch of it new reference book, The World of Leading Bullion Coins, at an event at the LBMA/LPPM Conference in Barcelona. The book was produced with the support of five sponsors—the Perth Mint, the Austrian Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Rand Refinery, and the Royal Mint

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The World of Leading Bullion Coins book launch

Metals Focus has announced the launch of it new reference book, The World of Leading Bullion Coins, at an event at the LBMA/LPPM Conference in Barcelona. The book was produced with the support of five sponsors—the Perth Mint, the Austrian Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Rand Refinery, and the Royal Mint

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United Kingdom: Remembrance Day, the end of the Great War, displayed on new crown coin

The Royal Mint have released a new crown coin which honours the observance of Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the end of the Great War (later, after 1945, referred to as World War I). As the world reaches the centenary anniversary of the conclusion of this deadly conflict, once referred to as the “war to end all wars” due to the new weapons and strategies utilised on the battlefields, the ceremony known as Remembrance Day takes on a greater degree of solemnity and historical importance

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United Kingdom: New crown coins celebrate the longest Royal marriage in British history

The Royal Mint have unveiled (2nd October) the new crown coins to mark the 70th (platinum) wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The anniversary is unprecedented in the British Royal family, as no other sovereign or consort has ever achieved this milestone

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United Kingdom: New crown coins celebrate the longest Royal marriage in British history

The Royal Mint have unveiled (2nd October) the new crown coins to mark the 70th (platinum) wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The anniversary is unprecedented in the British Royal family, as no other sovereign or consort has ever achieved this milestone

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Jersey: Momentous platinum wedding anniversary of Elizabeth II and Philip celebrated with new crown coin

The treasury of the Bailiwick of Jersey, Channel Islands, have issued a new range of crown coins which celebrate an amazing milestone in the life of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, who, along with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will celebrate an unprecedented 70th (or platinum) wedding anniversary. The Queen and the duke, as sovereign and consort in the United Kingdom, are the first royal couple to ever reach this momentous anniversary

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Jersey: Momentous platinum wedding anniversary of Elizabeth II and Philip celebrated with new crown coin

The treasury of the Bailiwick of Jersey, Channel Islands, have issued a new range of crown coins which celebrate an amazing milestone in the life of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, who, along with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will celebrate an unprecedented 70th (or platinum) wedding anniversary. The Queen and the duke, as sovereign and consort in the United Kingdom, are the first royal couple to ever reach this momentous anniversary

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Ascension Sapphire Jubilee crown marks Queen’s milestone royal anniversary

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The government and treasury of Ascension Island have issued (30th August) a new crown coin which marks a royal event not seen in anyone’s lifetime previously. The crown celebrates the 65th anniversary of reign (the Sapphire Jubilee) of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended to the British throne on the 6th February 1952 at the age of 25

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Ascension Sapphire Jubilee crown marks Queen’s milestone royal anniversary

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The government and treasury of Ascension Island have issued (30th August) a new crown coin which marks a royal event not seen in anyone’s lifetime previously. The crown celebrates the 65th anniversary of reign (the Sapphire Jubilee) of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended to the British throne on the 6th February 1952 at the age of 25

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United Kingdom: The genius of Sir Isaac Newton honoured on latest commemorative 50 pence

The Royal Mint have launched (4th September) the precious-metal versions of their tribute to the genius of Sir Isaac Newton on the 375th anniversary of his birth. Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) was the most significant figure of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century

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Fourth and final coin in popular Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection now available for pre-order

The fourth and final release in the Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection features Benjamin Bunny and is now available for pre-order. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is distinct from Potter’s other four books given that the story was written entirely from scratch, unlike the aforementioned which were based on her own private letters

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United Kingdom: The genius of Sir Isaac Newton honoured on latest commemorative 50 pence

The Royal Mint have launched (4th September) the precious-metal versions of their tribute to the genius of Sir Isaac Newton on the 375th anniversary of his birth. Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) was the most significant figure of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century

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Fourth and final coin in popular Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection now available for pre-order

The fourth and final release in the Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection features Benjamin Bunny and is now available for pre-order. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is distinct from Potter’s other four books given that the story was written entirely from scratch, unlike the aforementioned which were based on her own private letters

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Ascension: 70th wedding anniversary of Elizabeth and Philip celebrated on latest silver crown coin

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The government and treasury of Ascension have issued (20th July) a new crown coin which marks an astonishing and memorable life event of the longest-serving British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, and her consort, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The royal couple have had an astonishing life together and have dedicated their lives to the duty of monarchy

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The Royal Mint seeks freelance artists and illustrators

The British Royal Mint has announced that it’s seeking freelance concept artists and illustrators to work with the mint’s Coin Design team. The following is directly from the mint’s release; interested applicants can also read the posting directly on the Royal Mint website

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United Kingdom: Large-size gold and silver coins mark centennial of World War I

The Royal Mint have issued (6th July) the fourth coin in a series of five 5-ounce gold and silver coins commemorating the centennial of the First World War, from “Outbreak to Armistice” (as the program is called). The programme began in 2014, the 100th year since Europe found itself in what was described as the “war to end all wars”—which, sadly, was not to be

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United Kingdom: WWI centennial series continues with latest £2 commemorative coin

The Royal Mint have issued their latest £2 commemorative coin in a variety of precious metals, including a silver piedfort example, as part of their five-year-long tribute to the centenary anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Their First World War collection continues with the 2017 Aviation £2 coin, marking the contribution of aviators during the conflict, which ushered in a new method of fighting not previously seen before

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United Kingdom: Prince Philip’s lifetime of service honoured with new gold and silver crown coins

It was announced today that special crown coins will be issued in August to pay tribute to the lifetime of official service which HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has given to the nation. It was announced by Buckingham Palace on the 4th May that the 96-year-old consort of the Queen would be retiring later in the year and would no longer carry out official engagements on behalf of the sovereign

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United Kingdom: WWI centennial series continues with latest £2 commemorative coin

The Royal Mint have issued their latest £2 commemorative coin in a variety of precious metals, including a silver piedfort example, as part of their five-year-long tribute to the centenary anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Their First World War collection continues with the 2017 Aviation £2 coin, marking the contribution of aviators during the conflict, which ushered in a new method of fighting not previously seen before

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United Kingdom: Prince Philip’s lifetime of service honoured with new gold and silver crown coins

It was announced today that special crown coins will be issued in August to pay tribute to the lifetime of official service which HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has given to the nation. It was announced by Buckingham Palace on the 4th May that the 96-year-old consort of the Queen would be retiring later in the year and would no longer carry out official engagements on behalf of the sovereign

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United Kingdom: First-of-its-kind piedfort gold sovereign celebrates 200th anniversary of iconic coin

The Royal Mint have launched (26th June) two additional sovereign anniversary coins to mark the iconic coin’s bicentennial. The sovereign was first struck in 1817 as part of the United Kingdom’s historic Great Coinage Act of 1816

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United Kingdom: Latest “Beast,” the Unicorn of Scotland, is unleashed on new coins

The Royal Mint have launched (5th June) their latest coin in their hugely successful “Queen’s Beasts” bullion and collector-coin series. The legendary Unicorn of Scotland is the latest beast to make an appearance onto a range of collectable coins celebrating the 10 “Queen’s Beasts” of British heraldry

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United Kingdom: Latest “Beast,” the Unicorn of Scotland, is unleashed on new coins

The Royal Mint have launched (5th June) their latest coin in their hugely successful “Queen’s Beasts” bullion and collector-coin series. The legendary Unicorn of Scotland is the latest beast to make an appearance onto a range of collectable coins celebrating the 10 “Queen’s Beasts” of British heraldry

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United Kingdom: New platinum bullion coins unveiled during London Platinum Week, design features “The Queen’s Beasts”

Monday (15th May) saw the launch of the Royal Mint’s 500-gram and 1,000-gram (1-kilo) platinum bars, which will be followed in the next few weeks by a 100-gram and a 1-ounce platinum bar, as well as a new bullion product of 1-ounce Queen’s Beasts–Lion of England coin—the first platinum coin to be launched in the popular heraldic series. The Royal Mint has timed its first entry into the platinum bullion market to coincide with London Platinum Week

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United Kingdom: Collector versions of new £1 coin offered before regular issue

The Royal Mint have launched (8th March) their latest product, which is associated with the country’s newest coin to enter circulation—the new 12-sided £1 coin (shown above). The new coin is to replace the current “round pound” coin, which has circulated since it replaced the banknote of the same value in 1983

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United Kingdom: Collector versions of new £1 coin offered before regular issue

The Royal Mint have launched (8th March) their latest product, which is associated with the country’s newest coin to enter circulation—the new 12-sided £1 coin (shown above). The new coin is to replace the current “round pound” coin, which has circulated since it replaced the banknote of the same value in 1983

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United Kingdom: Third “Queen’s Beasts” bullion coin issued, featuring “Red Dragon of Wales”

 

The Royal Mint have unveiled (3rd March) the third coin in their hugely successful bullion series “The Queen’s Beasts,” which features both mythical and actual creatures that feature prominently in British heraldry. The third subject is the Red Dragon of Wales

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United Kingdom: Third “Queen’s Beasts” bullion coin issued, featuring “Red Dragon of Wales”

 

The Royal Mint have unveiled (3rd March) the third coin in their hugely successful bullion series “The Queen’s Beasts,” which features both mythical and actual creatures that feature prominently in British heraldry. The third subject is the Red Dragon of Wales

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One popular design motif for the U.K.’s new £1 coin: Breakfast

The reverse design of the United Kingdom’s new £1 coin, which features botanical symbols of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland united within a diadem, was obtained through a public competition. Created by 15-year-old David Pearce, of Walsall, England, the design competed with thousands of entries depicting “cups of tea, flags, maps, the weather, famous writers, and seaside piers

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One popular design motif for the U.K.’s new £1 coin: Breakfast

The reverse design of the United Kingdom’s new £1 coin, which features botanical symbols of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland united within a diadem, was obtained through a public competition. Created by 15-year-old David Pearce, of Walsall, England, the design competed with thousands of entries depicting “cups of tea, flags, maps, the weather, famous writers, and seaside piers

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The future of British royalty on Commonwealth currency

On February 6, 2017, HM Queen Elizabeth II achieved her Sapphire Jubilee—the 65th anniversary of the day she became queen. The head of state of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, she is not only the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch but the longest-reigning queen-regnant and female head of state in world history

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The future of British royalty on Commonwealth currency

On February 6, 2017, HM Queen Elizabeth II achieved her Sapphire Jubilee—the 65th anniversary of the day she became queen. The head of state of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, she is not only the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch but the longest-reigning queen-regnant and female head of state in world history

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United Kingdom: Unique Sapphire Jubilee celebrated with new gold and silver coins

The Royal Mint have launched (30th January) a new series of large-size gold and silver coins that mark the 65th year since HM Queen Elizabeth succeeded to the British throne—her Sapphire Jubilee. To date, only Queen Elizabeth II has reached this milestone date

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United Kingdom: Sapphire Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrated on new crown coins

The Royal Mint have launched (30th January) a new crown coin that marks the 65th year since HM Queen Elizabeth succeeded to the British throne on the 6th February 1952. Her coronation followed the untimely death of her father, King George VI, who had reigned just 17 years

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United Kingdom: Sapphire Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrated on new crown coins

The Royal Mint have launched (30th January) a new crown coin that marks the 65th year since HM Queen Elizabeth succeeded to the British throne on the 6th February 1952. Her coronation followed the untimely death of her father, King George VI, who had reigned just 17 years

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United Kingdom: Unique Sapphire Jubilee celebrated with new gold and silver coins

The Royal Mint have launched (30th January) a new series of large-size gold and silver coins that mark the 65th year since HM Queen Elizabeth succeeded to the British throne—her Sapphire Jubilee. To date, only Queen Elizabeth II has reached this milestone date

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United Kingdom: Millennial Anniversary of Coronation of King Canute Remembered with New Crown Coin

On 1st January, the Royal Mint launched a new crown coin in remembrance of the millennial anniversary of the crowning of Canute, the English king who unified the whole of the realm under one authority in 1017. Canute is credited with expanding his authority in what was informally referred to as the North Sea Empire, which comprised England, Denmark, Norway, and parts of Sweden

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United Kingdom: Millennial Anniversary of Coronation of King Canute Remembered with New Crown Coin

On 1st January, the Royal Mint launched a new crown coin in remembrance of the millennial anniversary of the crowning of Canute, the English king who unified the whole of the realm under one authority in 1017. Canute is credited with expanding his authority in what was informally referred to as the North Sea Empire, which comprised England, Denmark, Norway, and parts of Sweden

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United Kingdom: Centennial of Royal Dynasty Celebrated on New Crown Coin

On January 1, the Royal Mint unveiled a new Crown coin that marks the centennial anniversary of the introduction of the British Royal family’s dynastic name—that of Windsor, which was introduced in 1917. The circumstances of why the British Royal family changed its dynastic name were wholly due at the time to the consequences of what was referred to as the Great War, which began in 1914 (see below)

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United Kingdom: Jane Austen Remembered on Latest £2 Commemorative Coin

The Royal Mint have launched (on January 1) a new £2 coin that pays homage to one of the country’s most celebrated 19th-century writers, Jane Austen (1775–1817), whose literary works during her life quintessentially captured both the gentility and the hardships of 18th-/19th-century life in the English countryside. The new coin remembers the 200th anniversary of the author’s death

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United Kingdom: 300th Anniversary of Sir Isaac Newton’s Gold-Standard Report Remembered on New Coin

On January 1, the Royal Mint launched a new coin that marks the 300th anniversary of a very important pinnacle in the economic development of the United Kingdom. In 1717, Great Britain adopted and utilized the gold standard following the recommendation of Sir Isaac Newton (1643–1727), the Royal Mint’s mintmaster—a position he held for almost 30 years

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United Kingdom: Jane Austen Remembered on Latest £2 Commemorative Coin

The Royal Mint have launched (on January 1) a new £2 coin that pays homage to one of the country’s most celebrated 19th-century writers, Jane Austen (1775–1817), whose literary works during her life quintessentially captured both the gentility and the hardships of 18th-/19th-century life in the English countryside. The new coin remembers the 200th anniversary of the author’s death

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United Kingdom: 300th Anniversary of Sir Isaac Newton’s Gold-Standard Report Remembered on New Coin

On January 1, the Royal Mint launched a new coin that marks the 300th anniversary of a very important pinnacle in the economic development of the United Kingdom. In 1717, Great Britain adopted and utilized the gold standard following the recommendation of Sir Isaac Newton (1643–1727), the Royal Mint’s mintmaster—a position he held for almost 30 years

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United Kingdom: Centennial of Royal Dynasty Celebrated on New Crown Coin

On January 1, the Royal Mint unveiled a new Crown coin that marks the centennial anniversary of the introduction of the British Royal family’s dynastic name—that of Windsor, which was introduced in 1917. The circumstances of why the British Royal family changed its dynastic name were wholly due at the time to the consequences of what was referred to as the Great War, which began in 1914 (see below)

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Blockchain Technology Allows Digital Investment in Precious Metals

This morning there was a post on LinkedIn that caught my eye. It was a piece from the Telegraph that talked about how the Royal Mint is going to begin offering gold trading using blockchain technology

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Blockchain Technology Allows Digital Investment in Precious Metals

This morning there was a post on LinkedIn that caught my eye. It was a piece from the Telegraph that talked about how the Royal Mint is going to begin offering gold trading using blockchain technology

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United Kingdom: Queen’s Beasts Gold and Silver Bullion Series Continues with Second Design

On November 16 the Royal Mint launched the second design in a very successful bullion series that gives life to the amazing designs called “The Queen’s Beasts.” Now, what are exactly are these beasts? They are in fact, 10 creatures that have featured throughout hundreds of years of British royal heraldry

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United Kingdom: Treasury Unveils Final Image for New Pound Coin

Her Majesty’s Treasury have unveiled the final images for the new £1 coin, which will begin circulation from March 2017. The £1 coin, which is currently a round piece produced in aluminum-zinc, is transitioning to a 12-sided shape

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United Kingdom: 200 Years of the Iconic Sovereign Celebrated with Re-creation of Original Pistrucci Design

Yesterday (26th October) the Royal Mint unveiled their bicentenary anniversary design for the iconic gold Sovereign. The Sovereign’s full story is more than 500 years old

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United Kingdom: First Christmas-Themed British Coin Launched in Time for Festive Season

The Royal Mint has officially launched their first-ever Christmas-themed coin, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. The new coin fits into their range of high-value coins sold at their face value (in the case of this new coin, £20-for-£20)

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United Kingdom: Silver Collector Coin Marks 400th Anniversary of the Life of Shakespeare

On October 3, the Royal Mint launched a new coin that contributes to a year of festivities and remembrance in honor of one of the world’s most celebrated English authors and playwrights. More than four centuries after they were written, the works of William Shakespeare continue to entertain, surprise, and bemuse readers with their wit, humor, sarcasm, and intrigue

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United Kingdom: “Year of the Rooster” Coins

On September 16 the Royal Mint launched the fourth coin in their innovative and popular Lunar Year Series, which celebrates the beginning of the new year according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Each lunar year is linked to one of 12 animals whose traits are attributed to those born during that year

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UK Remembers Anniversary of Historic Battle of Hastings on New Commemorative Coins

The Royal Mint has launched (16th August) their latest commemorative 50-pence coins in precious metal for the 950th anniversary of one of the most consequential battles in England’s history.
The battle of Hastings in 1066 began with a question of succession to the English throne after the death of its childless king, Edward the Confessor (1003 – 1066)

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UK Issues Iconic 5-Sovereign Gold Piece in Limited Quantity

The Royal Mint has announced (August 5) the issue of a new £5 gold sovereign struck to Brilliant Uncirculated quality with a limited mintage.
The coin continues almost 200 years of tradition; the first piece of this denomination was issued in 1820 during the reign of King George III as part of the country’s great coinage reform of 1816

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Royal Mint Reports Record Revenues

The Royal Mint has shared the following notice:
The Royal Mint Limited has announced its annual results for 2015-2016, reflecting the highest revenue in the 1,100 year history of the organisation in financial terms. Significant growth in the precious metal trading activities of the company’s Bullion division made a major contribution to this outcome, with increased competitiveness in the US silver market at the core of the success

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Welsh Dragon Features on UK’s Latest £20 Silver Face-Value Coin

The Royal Mint’s (July 4) latest face-value commemorative silver coin with a high denomination features the Welsh dragon, an enduring symbol of Wales.
The 2016 Welsh Dragon Celebration £20 Fine Silver Coin is issued in recognition of the Royal Mint’s newly opened and family-friendly ‘Royal Mint Experience’ visitor attraction based in Llantrisant, South Wales

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UK Features Queen’s Beasts Theme on New Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

The Royal Mint has officially launched (29th March) three new coins featuring both mythical and real beasts that have featured on British heraldry over the last five centuries. Spanning back to the reign of King Henry VIII, The King’s Beasts are a group of creatures that symbolize the various strands of royal ancestry brought together as a heraldic badge

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United Kingdom Issues First 50 Pound Face Value Coin

The Royal Mint has launched a new face-value 50-pound silver coin that follows in the footsteps of the hugely successful recent issues of 100-pound and 20-pound silver coins made available for the price of their denominations. The new coin also pairs two of the country’s newest and most admired designs, that of the latest portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, unveiled in March of this year, and the acclaimed reverse-side contemporary image of a standing Britannia used on last year’s proof Britannia range of precious metal coins

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Canadian Series, “Today’s Monarch – Yesteryear’s Princess,” Launches With New Silver Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a new coin as part of a series organized by the Royal Mint, UK.
The new series celebrates the life of Queen Elizabeth II, who on the September 9 will achieve an extraordinary milestone in becoming the longest reigning English monarch

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Longest British Reign Observed on New Collection of Coins

The Royal Mint has unveiled a series of new commemorative and collector coins observing a once-in-a-lifetime event: the day on which Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning English monarch. The event will occur on the September 9, when Her Majesty will surpass the previous length of reign set by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, who ruled a total of 63 years and 216 days, from June 20, 1837 to January 22, 1901

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New 5 oz First World War Centennial Gold & Silver Coins Released in UK

The Royal Mint has launched the second release in their “100th Anniversary of the First World War” series, continuing an observance of the centenary of the Great War that will last five years, mirroring the duration of the war itself.
With political tensions growing between great and small states in Europe, and continuing calls for independence by many territories within the expansive Austro-Hungarian Empire, the spark that would ignite the ferocious fighting to come was struck in June 1914

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U.K.’s Second £100 Silver Face-Value Coin Features Buckingham Palace

The Royal Mint has announced the launch of its second “£100 for £100” face value silver coin, which features an image of Buckingham Palace, official residence of the British monarch.
Purchased in 1761 just a year after his accession, the expansive building then known as Buckingham House was named after its owner, the Duke of Buckingham

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Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge Celebrated On New Gold and Silver Crown Coins

 

The Royal Mint have announced (1st July) that a new commemorative crown coin will be issued to mark the christening of HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, daughter of HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The little Princess was born in London on May 2nd of this year to great cheers from the British public

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Alderney 150th Anniversary of the Salvation Army £5 Crown Coin

The Treasury of the Government of Alderney have issued (1st June) a new coin which marks and honors one of the world’s most respected and venerated associations known the world over as being a ‘global force for good’, the Salvation Army, the project of its founder William Booth was founded 150 years ago in 1865 to help the vulnerable and fight social injustice. William Booth’s upbringing was one touched by hardship, but arriving in London in search of work, the pawnbroker turned preacher was shocked by what he saw

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Magna Carta’s 800th Anniversary Celebrated on New Precious Metals Coins

The Royal Mint has issued the precious metal versions of the commemorative coins celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta or, Great Charter. The charter was issued by King John of England signed at Runnymede, near Windsor, on the 15th June 1215 and drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury to make peace between the unpopular King and a group of rebel barons

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World War I Centennial Remembered in Second Six-Coin Series

The Royal Mint have issued their second six-coin set of crowns which remember the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the Great War or as it was later termed after 1945, World War I. As the world continues to remember the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, one of the most prominent female casualties of the First World War has been honored on one of the six crown coins in the set alongside a young flying ace and for the first time, a coin is dedicated to the role of animals on the battlefield

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Royal Mint Crown Coins Mark 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

The Royal Mint have launched the second crown to be issued this year which focuses on the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo – the decisive battle which turned the tide of European domination from one single entity or authority, that of the French Emperor Napoleon. The story of the battle in a real sense begins with the end of France’s thousand year old absolute monarchy in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille on the 14th July and what became regarded as the start of the French revolution

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Royal Mint Crown Coins Mark 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

The Royal Mint have launched the second crown to be issued this year which focuses on the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo – the decisive battle which turned the tide of European domination from one single entity or authority, that of the French Emperor Napoleon. The story of the battle in a real sense begins with the end of France’s thousand year old absolute monarchy in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille on the 14th July and what became regarded as the start of the French revolution

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United Kingdom Celebrates New Royal Baby with Sovereign Struck on the Day of Birth

The Royal Mint have announced they will commemorate the arrival of the new Royal baby with a special limited edition of just 750 gold Sovereigns, struck on the day of the baby’s birth. The special coins are to be issued with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity signed by hand to attest to the provenance of each coin’s special place in our history

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Royal Couple Welcome Newest Arrival, New Coin Celebrates Latest Addition

The Royal Mint have announced that a gold, silver and cupro-nickel crown coin has been issued which celebrates the newest arrival for the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge family, whose second child was born on the 2nd May. The new arrival is the couple’s first daughter with the new-born Princess weighing in at a healthy 8 pounds, 3 ounces

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Royal Mint Offers Combined 2015 Annual Sets with Queen’s Fourth and Fifth Portraits

The Royal Mint have announced the availability of new 2015-dated BU & Proof Sets which feature both the fourth and fifth definitive numismatic portraits of HM Queen Elizabeth II. On the 2nd March, the Royal Mint unveiled the fifth portrait of the Queen which would be used on British coinage from that day on, thus creating a situation in which two effigies of the Queen would appear in one year

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Interview with Jody Clark, Designer of the New Queen Elizabeth II Effigy

The news that a new effigy of the Queen would be introduced by the Royal Mint this year made national news headlines in the UK as there hasn’t been this kind of change to British coinage since 1998. Michael Alexander of the London Banknote and Monetary Research Centre went to the unveiling to see firsthand the new portrait which will be included on British coinage from now on and to also speak with its designer, Jody Clark

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Royal Mint Unveils New Definitive Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

With fanfare not seen since the unveiling of the new reverse sides of the Nation’s coinage in 2008 at the Tower of London, the Royal Mint has unveiled the fifth portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – which is to grace British coins from today. Incorporating the backdrop of the National Portrait Gallery just off Trafalgar Square, the portrait, which had been kept under strict wraps since it was chosen by the Royal Mint Advisory committee and from a selection of eight serious submissions, only three were “shortlisted” which included this winning design

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Britannia Will Return to British Circulating Coinage on New £2 Coin

The Royal Mint have revealed the new design for the currently circulating £2 coin which will replace the current technical / mechanical motif first introduced in 1997 and designed by Bruce Rushin with the issue of the UK’s first two pound coin for general circulation. The new design sees a return of the mythical figure of “Britannia” since her image was removed from definitive circulation coinage in 2008

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New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II To Be Unveiled March 2nd

The Royal Mint have announced the date of the unveiling for the new portrait or effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II which will be used on British and many Commonwealth coinage. The Royal Mint will host a special presentation ceremony on the 2nd March and have also announced that from that date on, the portrait will be used on British coinage minted at their facilities

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Resumption of Royal Mint Refinery Branded Bullion Products Announced

The Royal Mint have announced that after an absence of 47 years from the bullion bar & ingot product field, they will resume production of these items with the exclusive RMR or Royal Mint Refinery brand proudly displayed. The Royal Mint Refinery brand originally dates back to 1852 and was operated for more than 100 years by N

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Third £20 Face Value Silver Coin Pays Tribute to Sir Winston Churchill

The Royal Mint has unveiled (15th January) the theme of its third United Kingdom “£20 for £20” coin which pays tribute to the great British statesman Sir Winston Churchill. Twice Britain’s Prime Minister, and renowned the world over for his unyielding leadership and formidable character, Churchill is regularly voted as the ‘Greatest Briton’ in public polls

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United Kingdom 2015 Commemorative Coins Brought Together in One Collection

The Royal Mint has launched their 2015 commemorative coins collection consisting of two £5 pound coins, two £2 pound coins and one fifty pence coin, all marking memorable events or anniversaries relevant to British or English history. 5 Pounds: This year’s collection, includes a memorial crown which remembers the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, the stoic & fearless wartime leader who became a symbol of resistance and strength in the face of fascism and dictatorship during the years of fighting in Europe and Asia which is remembered as the Second World War

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Big Ben Featured on New Royal Mint £100 for £100 Silver Coin

The Royal Mint have launched a new silver coin which, like 2013 and this year’s “£20 for £20” follows the same premise – though the denomination has been increased to £100 (USD $160) as well as the content or weight. The Royal Mint’s first ever £100 face value coin features an image of London’s landmark clock tower housing Parliament’s mighty Big Ben bell

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Royal Mint Offers Official Sovereign Two Coin Set with Distinctive “I” Mintmark

The Royal Mint has announced that a two sovereign set of coins will be offered to interested collectors in limited quantity containing a 1918 dated sovereign and the more recent 2014 dated sovereign, both including the distinctive “I” mintmark – denoting their minting in India on the reverse. Struck in 22 carat gold, and bearing Benedetto Pistrucci’s classic St George and the dragon design, an original Bombay Mint 1918 Sovereign (circulating standard) and The Sovereign 2014 (bullion standard) are twinned together for the first time in a limited presentation of just 100 sets

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Lord Mayor of London Strikes Royal Mint Sovereign on First Official Visit to India

The Lord Mayor of the City of London was invited to strike a special commemorative gold Sovereign during a visit (11th December) to the Royal Mint’s operations in India as a lasting reminder of his first official overseas trip. The Lord Mayor, the elected head of the City of London Corporation (separate to that of London and its executive mayor) which supports the world-leading finance and business sector in the UK

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Two Coin Set in Tribute to the Memory of Winston Churchill

The Royal Mint has announced a new two-coin set which will be issued in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the death of the country’s war-time leader, Sir Winston Churchill, who first served as Prime Minister of Great Britain during the war years from 1940 until the post-war election in 1945. Widely considered one of the great leaders during the Second World War – even of the 20th century, he was a man of many talents

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Royal Mint Announces Plans for New Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Mint have announced today that the current portrait used on both circulation and many commemorative coins will be replaced with a new effigy from 2015. HM Queen Elizabeth II, who will mark her 63rd year of reign on the 6th February 2015, has been portrayed on British, commonwealth and colonial coinage since 1953

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New Coins Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Dylan Thomas

The Treasury of Alderney has launched three new coins which celebrate the centenary of the birth of writer and poet Dylan Thomas (1914 – 1953). Popular both in his homeland of Wales and internationally, Dylan Thomas’ works have been performed and enjoyed for decades, and include the ‘play for voices’ Under Milk Wood, the haunting poem Do not go gentle into that good night and the popular tale A Child’s Christmas in Wales

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Crown Coins Issued for 300th Anniversary of the Hanoverian Dynasty

The Office of the Treasury of Alderney have issued three new crown coins which mark the 300th anniversary of the accession of and coronation of HM King George I, first ruler of the Hanoverian dynasty of Great Britain and direct ancestor of the current British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Unlike the national celebrations held for the coronations of other monarchs, King George’s coronation was conducted in an understated manner due to the political unease abounding at the time

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Double Sovereign Celebrates Prince George’s First Birthday

The Royal Mint have announced that a special double sovereign will be issued to mark the first birthday of the UK’s youngest Prince who is in direct succession to the British throne.
Little Prince George, the son of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, also known as William & Catherine, was born on the 22nd July to a throng of waiting media from around the world and an eagerly awaiting British public who celebrated his arrival

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Gold Britannia Coins Feature Incused Edge Design for Year of the Horse

The Royal Mint has launched a new gold bullion coin within the popular Britannia series which includes for the first time, an incused or recessed design of a galloping horse repeated on the edge. Following the highly successful launch of an “edge struck” silver Britannia coin last year, the Royal Mint has now introduced a new gold Britannia bullion coin for 2014 which bears an intricate horse design around its smooth edge replacing the usual reeded edge

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2014 Britannia Gold and Silver Proof Coins Feature New Design and Denominations

The Royal Mint have announced the launch of the 2014 range of Britannia gold and silver proof coins which feature a new depiction of the mythological national figure. Two new denominations have been added which at at only 1/40th ounce measurements are among the smallest and lightest bullion related coins to hit the market

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Royal Mint Kilo and 5 oz Coins Mark 100th Anniversary of First World War Outbreak

The Royal Mint have launched four new coins of significant size to mark the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the First World War, once known as the Great War. The coins launched include gold and silver one-kilo coins and five-ounce coins with very limited mintages and startling designs to mark an anniversary being observed in many countries all over the world

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Royal Mint £5 Silver Coin Celebrates the First Birthday of Prince George

The Royal Mint have announced  the upcoming  issuance of a new silver crown celebrating the first birthday of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, Son of Prince William of Wales – Grandson of Charles, Prince of Wales and of course – Great Grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.
The little Prince was born nearly one year ago on the 22nd July to a waiting throng of the world’s media

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Royal Mint Hosts Queen’s Baton Race for Commonwealth Games

As the XXth Commonwealth Games prepare to get under-way, The Royal Mint was given the opportunity this weekend to host Welsh 400m hurdler and European Champion, Rhys Williams as he kicked off day two of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Wales by striking the first Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games circulating 50 pence coin at The Royal Mint premises in Llantrisant.

After a successful first day touring the Welsh valleys, the baton was met by Williams who was excited to be part of the celebrations

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Royal Mint Unveils Plans for First-Ever Visitor Centre

The Royal Mint recently unveiled plans for it’s first-ever Visitor Centre which is scheduled for completion this time next year. For the first time in the Mint’s 1,000 year history, Britain’s oldest manufacturing organization, and the world’s leading export mint, will officially open its doors to the general public, allowing them to get behind the scenes and see for themselves the people and processes that put the pounds and pennies in their pockets

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Royal Mint Sold Out of First £20 for £20 Silver Coins, Second Release to Follow

Last week the Royal Mint issued a press release which included information about the imminent sell-out of their £20-for-£20 silver face value coins. By later in the week, the web page for ordering up to ten coins per household (increased from three pieces originally) indicated the coins as sold out of the total indicated mintage of 250,000 pieces

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Queen Elizabeth II Participates in Maundy Thursday 2014

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presided over the Maundy Thursday ceremonies today, the 17th April  traveling to Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire for the Royal Maundy during which among many other traditions, she handed out Maundy Money coins.

The ceremony was held for centuries in Whitehall and in Westminster Abbey, London, but since the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the Maundy Service has traveled to towns and cities across Britain

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2014 Queen Anne 300th Anniversary Gold and Silver £5 Coins

The Royal Mint has launched the precious metal versions of the 2014 Crown coin – this year paying tribute to the country’s last Stuart Monarch, Queen Anne. As the daughter of King James II and successor of her sister Queen Mary II and brother-in-law King William III, she reigned as the last Monarch of the Stuart Dynasty from 1702 to 1714

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Royal Mint Offers SS Gairsoppa 2014 Britannia Silver Coins

The Royal Mint has announced that a silver coin produced from salvaged silver recently recovered from the sunken merchant ship, SS Gairsoppa will now be made available to collectors through the Royal Mint web-shop. Minted from a shipment of silver bullion that has spent more than 70 years under the sea, the coins have previously only been offered in the United States via an exclusive arrangement with precious metals dealer A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc

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