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The £5 Coin – Another Denomination to Add to Your Collection

The £5 Coin – Another Denomination to Add to Your Collection

There’s more to coin collecting than just the denominations in circulation. Many of our designs feature on commemorative £5 coins.

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Edward VIII – The Coinage That Never Was

Edward VIII – The Coinage That Never Was

In January 1936 George V died and Edward VIII became king. But, within a matter of months, his romantic involvement with Wallis Simpson caused a constitutional crisis.

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Coin of the Year 2019

Coin of the Year 2019

2019 has seen an array of designs on our coins, we asked which was the design you loved the most.

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Historic Portraiture

Historic Portraiture

The Changing Faces of History. Centuries ago most people would only have seen the face of their leader on a coin. The ‘heads’, or obverse, side of a coin has depicted the image of a monarch or ruler for thousands of years.

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The Rarest Coins

The Rarest Coins

Over 30 billion coins are estimated to be in circulation in the United Kingdom today. The Royal Mint has been creating coins since AD 886 and, as such, people across the country own coins which are no longer in use. Some of these coins could possibly be rare and might be very valuable.

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A Royal Cypher Mint Mark Celebrates the First Monarch to Appear on the Modern Sovereign

A Royal Cypher Mint Mark Celebrates the First Monarch to Appear on the Modern Sovereign

To mark the 200th anniversary of the end of George III’s reign, all of the coins in The Sovereign 2020 Collection feature a special mint mark in the form of the king’s royal cypher.

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The Gothic Crown – A Spook-tacular Halloween Coin

The Gothic Crown – A Spook-tacular Halloween Coin

Reflecting the stunning Gothic style of the Victoria era, the coin has been a firm favourite with collectors for many years, and with such a low mintage, it is as sought-after as it is intricately designed.

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A Golden Wedding Treasure Hunt

A Golden Wedding Treasure Hunt

A Golden Wedding Treasure Hunt. Collecting every edition of the 50p can’t be that hard, can it? Determined to create a thoughtful and original gift for her husband on their golden wedding anniversary, Jean from Hampshire set out to do just that.

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The Royal Mint’s Second Auction Approaches

The Royal Mint’s Second Auction Approaches

Paddles at the ready – The Royal Mint’s second auction in conjunction with Sovereign Rarities is fast approaching, offering an exciting range of historic coins at auction.

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Why Over Half of Brits Love Collecting

Why Over Half of Brits Love Collecting

As keen numismatists and celebrators of all things commemorative, it’s no surprise that we love coin collecting at The Royal Mint. However, we were interested to find out just how common this passion is - which is why we recently commissioned a survey into attitudes towards collecting as a hobby.

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Coin Nicknames

Coin Nicknames

Over the past few hundred years, many coins have taken on names that they were never originally supposed to have. Though many of these do not survive to the present day, we present to you a selection of our best attempts at referencing and researching the murky history of coin nicknames. Enjoy!

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Why are some UK coins magnetic?

Why are some UK coins magnetic?

From time to time we’re asked the question, ‘Why are some coins magnetic?’ It’s one of those interesting facts that you seem to just stumble across. I discovered it when a loose coin stuck to the back of a fridge magnet in a drawer! So, let’s take a look at the science behind it and some fun facts we found along the way…

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Meet Our Collectors - Adam Harris

Meet Our Collectors - Adam Harris

Coin collecting is a fascinating and diverse hobby with so many interesting stories behind it. We recently spoke with Adam, a passionate coin collector, about his hobby and some of his favourite coins.

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