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Welcome to The Royal Mint’s Collect week quiz.

How much do you know about British coinage? Let’s put your knowledge to the test. We delved deep into our 1,100 history to put together a quiz to challenge even the most serious numismatist.

Answer all eight quiz questions correctly and be in with a chance of winning one of Three Prizes.


1957 Queen Elizabeth Sovereign

The year 1957 saw many 'firsts' for Her Majesty The Queen. She made her first state visit to the United States of America and the Christmas Message was aired on television for the first time. This year also saw a first for The Queen's coinage as Sovereigns were struck again after a break of almost 20 years.

This coin was the first mass-produced, 22 carat gold Sovereign of Her Majesty's reign. It features the first coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Mary Gillick on the obverse and the famous St George and the dragon design by Benedetto Pistrucci on the reverse.

Brand new and exclusive to Royal Mint:


Premium Collector Set

  • Cotton Coin Gloves - High-quality coin gloves made form 100% cotton
  • Coin Polishing Cloth - Very fine woven cloth for removing dirt and shinning coins (not recommended for use on Proof coins)
  • Tweezers for coins - Easy to grip plastic-coated tongs designed for use with coins
  • Foldaway Magnifier LED 10x - Easy to use folding magnifier with 10x magnification
  • Libra Mini Digital Coin Scales - Handy sized digital coin scale with illuminated LCD display
  • Coin Wallet Route 96 - Wallet contains 8 coins sheets, each one can store 12 coins
  • A5 Journal - Pocket-sized journal with space for 120 coin records
  • Pen - A black ink pen form The Royal Mint



Coin Collector Set

  • Cotton Coin Gloves - High-quality coin gloves made form 100% cotton
  • Coin Polishing Cloth - Very fine woven cloth for removing dirt and shinning coins (not recommended for use on Proof coins)
  • Tweezers for coins - Easy to grip plastic-coated tongs designed for use with coins
  • LU25 Foldaway Pocket Magnifier - Comes in black Royal Mint branded leather case, gives 3 x magnification
  • Libra 100 Digital Scale - Handy sized digital coin scale with illuminated LCD display
  • Digital Sliding Gauge 150mm - A digital gauge with a measuring range of up to 150mm
  • Coin Collector Desk Journal - Compact journal with room for 125 coin records plus space for notes
  • Pen - A black ink pen form The Royal Mint


1) Where became the home of the Royal Mint in 1279?

2) Under which monarch was the gold sovereign first issued?

3) The guinea was introduced under which monarch?

4) Which famous scientist was Master of the Mint from 1699?

5) How many definitive portraits of Queen Elizabeth II have featured on the British coinage so far?

6) In what year did decimalisation take place?

7) Which decimal coin replaced the 10-shilling note?

8) The London 2012 Olympics was the first time the Royal Mint has ever produced the Olympic medal. True or False?

Thank you for your interest. The competition is now closed.

Historic coins

The Royal Mint’s Collector Services team works hard to acquire some of the most desired historic coins available.


The promoter of this competition is The Royal Mint Limited of Llantrisant, Pontyclun, United Kingdom CF72 8YT (“The Royal Mint”). Any promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform used by The Royal Mint as part of the promotion.

The competition opens on Monday 19th October 2020 and closes on Friday 23rd October 2020 at 23:59hrs BST. Any entries received before the opening or after the closing dates/times will not be included and no correspondence will be entered into.

Three winners will be selected at random from all eligible entrants to be eligible all eight questions must be answered correctly. The three winning entrants will be notified by email.  Where possible the draw will take place within 48 hours of the competition closing.

The winners will receive One of three Prizes. 1957 Queen Elizabeth Sovereign, Premium Collector set, or Collector set.

All eligible winners will be entered into a random number generator the top three numbers will be the winners, the first number receiving the 1957 Queen Elizabeth Sovereign, the second number drawn will receive a Premium Collector set and the Third winner a Collector set.

Once the winners have been notified, they will have until Midday on Friday 30th October 2020 to respond to claim their prize and confirm their address for delivery. If the winner fails to claim their prize, or chooses not to claim it, the prize will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. The winners may be asked to participate in any related publicity to the prize and/or asked to write a review of the prize.

To enter this competition, you must answer all eight questions posed by The Royal Mint on the competition page at entering all your details in full and submitting your answers within the agreed times and date of the quiz.

The competition is only open to residents of the United Kingdom. You must be 16 years of age or older to be entered into the competition. Only one entry per household in respect of the competition will be accepted. There is no purchase necessary to enter the competition.

There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-refundable and non-transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with any offer. The prize will be sent to the winner by 30th November 2020.

This competition is not open to employees of The Royal Mint or their immediate family. Competition entry is not conditional to consenting to marketing.

Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions and agreed to be bound by them when they are entered into the competition. All decisions made by The Royal Mint relating to this competition are final and binding.

Under no circumstances will The Royal Mint be responsible for any loss, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the promotion of the competition or acceptance of the prize.

The Royal Mint will not be responsible, unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses which may arise in connection with this competition and The Royal Mint can cancel or alter the competition at any stage.

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The competition will be governed by English law and entrants to the competition submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.




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