Celebrate Christmas with an age-old tradition

13 Dec 2013

This Christmas continue the age-old tradition of giving coins by gifting a silver sixpence, a lucky silver penny or an annual coin set from The Royal Mint.  They make the perfect stocking fillers for any generation and have played an historical role in many Christmas traditions, making them meaningful gifts that can be treasured forever.

The Christmas Silver Sixpence: £20
For hundreds of years, sixpences have been added to Christmas puddings for lucky recipients to find. Tradition has it that whoever found the sixpence would have good luck in the year ahead.

The Royal Mint Silver Sixpence makes an ideal gift to wish someone luck for the year ahead, presented in a soft fabric drawstring pouch on a beautifully designed Christmas-themed card, with room for a personal message. The Royal Mint’s Silver Sixpences are made from 50% silver and were struck between 1920 and 1946 when they were replaced by cupro-nickel sixpences, before ultimately being phased out of circulation in the 1970s.

Another Christmas legend tells of St Nicholas wanting to help those less fortunate, so during the night he threw coins down their chimneys which landed in the stockings hanging by the fireplace to dry. Since then children and adults alike have left out stockings in the hope that they will find them filled with coins and gifts on Christmas morning.

The Lucky Silver Penny: £28
The Lucky Silver Penny is the perfect gift for children or adults to find in their stocking. Wishing a loved one good luck for the year ahead or encouraging them to start a new hobby, the Lucky Silver Penny makes a wonderful gift for a loved one.

Made from over 3.5g of sterling silver, the Silver Penny has a contemporary design by graphic designer Matthew Dent, featuring a part of the Royal Arms. The obverse shows the acclaimed portrait of The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, which has been used on all UK circulating coins since 1998.  This unique and thoughtful gift can be treasured for many years to come. It’s beautifully presented in a drawstring pouch and is mounted on a presentation card.

2013 United Kingdom Definitive Coin Set: £25
Celebrate Christmas and mark the end of an historic year, which saw 60 years of The Queen’s coinage and the birth of the future heir to the throne, with a complete set of mint condition coins.

A complete set of eight definitive 2013 coins, from the 1p to the £2, in a new stand-up display pack is the perfect way to guarantee you will own every coin, as not all are likely to be released into circulation dated 2013. Each coin is sealed to preserve its flawless, brilliant finish – a superb gift in a historic year.

50p, £1 or £2 collector album: £5
For an ideal stocking filler The Royal Mint has launched three ‘Great British Coin Hunt’ Collector Albums, which are specially designed to help the recipient collect the different 50p, £1 or £2 coins that are in circulation. These new albums are the ideal way to start collecting and perfect for helping people cherish the coins in their pocket.

For more information or to purchase The Royal Mint Christmas Silver Sixpence, Lucky Silver Penny or 2013 United Kingdom Definitive Coin Set visit www.royalmint.com