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The Royal Mint announces coins for 2014
20 Nov 2013
The Royal Mint has revealed its coin designs for 2014, and featuring themes as diverse as sport, maritime heritage, royal history, and the start of a major military story, it is likely to be another landmark year for this 1,000 year-old organisation in its celebration of British heritage.
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Does the Royal Mint buy coins and medals from the general public?
Can I use Commemorative Crowns as ordinary coins? Why are some of them worth more than others?
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What are the legal tender amounts acceptable for the United Kingdom coins?
Does the Royal Mint produce bank notes?
Does the Royal Mint supply coin products from previous years (e.g. 2001 Baby Gift Set)?
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Is it safe to enter my card details when placing an order at royalmint.com?
What do I do if I have forgotten my password?
Why has the Royal Mint increased the price of its gold products?
Do I receive any confirmation once I have placed an order?
What payment methods does the Royal Mint accept?
What should I do if my credit/debit card has been refused when placing an order?
I am a new customer how do I register online?
I have a coin that I think may be valuable. Can the Royal Mint confirm if this is the case?
How do new coins get to the banks?
How much does it cost to make coins?
What are the rules for destroying coinage?
Why does the edge inscription on the £2 and £1 coins sometimes appear "upside down"?
How can I dispose of commemorative £2 coins?
How can I dispose of commemorative crowns? And why do some have a higher face value than others?
How can I dispose of demonetised coins?
What is the life expectancy of a coin?
What are 'bronze' coins made from? Why are some magnetic and some not?
I have a 2p piece with the inscription 'NEW PENCE' on it. Does this make the coin rare or valuable?
I have a £2 coin with a portrait of the Queen wearing a necklace. Is this rare or valuable?
Can I use coinage from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man?
Can I use coinage from United Kingdom Overseas Territories?
Where did the edge inscription 'standing on the shoulders of giants' come from?
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