The Royal Mint unveils rare collection of stunning coins from James I’s reign

The Royal Mint unveils rare collection of stunning coins from James I’s reign

The Royal Mint has revealed that one of the rarest and highest quality hammered gold coins it has ever acquired is on sale, with an RRP of £162,750.

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James I (1603–25) The First King of Great Britain

James I (1603–25) The First King of Great Britain

The death of Elizabeth I without an heir in 1603 brought the Tudor dynasty to an end. James VI of Scotland acceded to the throne, becoming James I and the first Stuart king of England. The political ramifications of dynastic change and the union of the crowns would manifest on his coinage.

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Behind the Design with Chris Costello

Behind the Design with Chris Costello

Artist Chris Costello has lived in the Boston area for more than 30 years. The city is at the heart of American history, with some 11 different U.S. presidents having lived there at one time or another. Most notably, it was home to a number of the leaders of the American Revolution.

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The Royal Mint offers rare glimpse inside its factory

The Royal Mint offers rare glimpse inside its factory

To unveil the new coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross, we go behind the scenes inside The Royal Mint factory – offering a rare glimpse of how these coins are made.

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The Saints and Strangers of the Mayflower

The Saints and Strangers of the Mayflower

History remembers the voyage of the Mayflower as the long, cold, storm-tossed journey of a single ship making its way across the Atlantic Ocean, but that wasn’t the way things were supposed to have been. Had everything gone according to plan, the story of the Mayflower would have been much different. So much so that it could possibly not be as significant a part of U.S. history and ethos as it has become.

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Two Anniversaries, One Big Coin

Two Anniversaries, One Big Coin

A Special Celebration for The Five-Sovereign Piece 2020 Two hundred years ago, the first modern Five-Sovereign Piece was struck, just as a remarkable reign came to a close. The Five-Sovereign Piece 2020 celebrates 200 years of the impressive gold coin...

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A Timeline of Key Events During the Mayflower Voyage

A Timeline of Key Events During the Mayflower Voyage

The story of the Mayflower is extensive and far-reaching, stretching across multiple countries and decades.

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The History of The Red Cross

The History of The Red Cross

This year is a true milestone year for one of Britain’s most celebrated humanitarian organisations, as 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross. With a century and a half of humanitarian history empowering every volunteer, few UK institutions can boast the success, longevity and national renown of the British Red Cross.

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The British Red Cross Coin – Behind The Design

The British Red Cross Coin – Behind The Design

Encapsulating the heart and spirit of a historic organisation on the face of a single coin is no small feat. Fortunately, designer Henry Gray was more than up for the challenge and managed to succinctly capture the history and heritage of the British Red Cross whilst still reinforcing its relevance today.

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Elton John Unboxing

Elton John Unboxing

See Elton John unboxing his half-ounce silver coin on Instagram

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Behind the Design with David Knapton

Behind the Design with David Knapton

The second coin in our fascinating Innovation in Science series features Rosalind Franklin, a scientist whose groundbreaking research led to breakthroughs in multiple fields.

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A Crucial Contribution -  The Life of Rosalind Franklin

A Crucial Contribution - The Life of Rosalind Franklin

In 2003 The Royal Mint issued a £2 coin celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA. Back in 1953, researchers James Watson and Francis Crick had taken all the plaudits but they could never have made this breakthrough without the work of Rosalind Franklin, who was never properly credited during her lifetime.

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A badge of honour – our pride in making medals at The Royal Mint

A badge of honour – our pride in making medals at The Royal Mint

Maybe we’ve been too modest about our medal making, or maybe we’ve just been doing it for so long that it’s become second nature to us, but our part in making the first batch of Arctic Star medals and Bomber Command clasps has inspired us to share some lesser-known information about this part of our business.

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Guide to getting a fair price for a coin

Guide to getting a fair price for a coin

Rebecca Morgan, Head of Collector Services at The Royal Mint, says: “There are occasionally reports of coins selling for large amounts on the secondary market, some of which seem a bit farfetched, so we want to ensure collectors have the right information and pay a fair price.

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George T. Morgan – Silver Morgan Dollar

George T. Morgan – Silver Morgan Dollar

The Morgan Dollar, designed by George T. Morgan, is one of the most famous coins in American history.

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Captain Cook - Voyage of Discovery

Captain Cook - Voyage of Discovery

The British spirit of adventure is personified by the historic figure of Captain Cook. As part of our three-year coin series marking the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s epic voyage, we’ll look at his journey.

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Explore Coinage During Conflict

Explore Coinage During Conflict

Britain’s military history and that of its money are intertwined. Coins equipped, clothed and fed armies and, behind enemy lines, hard currency bought escape from hostile situations.

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A penny for your thoughts - the history of the penny loafer

A penny for your thoughts - the history of the penny loafer

In the spirit of all things coins, we have explored the history of the Penny Loafer, why they were so fashionable and how they became associated with coinage.

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Treasure Hunt - Metal Detecting

Treasure Hunt - Metal Detecting

Metal detecting, or treasure hunting, can be a satisfying hobby; relaxing and therapeutic, letting you spend some time exploring the great outdoors. However, nothing can beat the thrill of discovering something.

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VE Day – Behind the Design with Dominique Evans

VE Day – Behind the Design with Dominique Evans

The story of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, a key moment in the lives of millions of people, is told through a £2 coin by Royal Mint designer Dominique Evans.

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The broad appeal of historic coins

The broad appeal of historic coins

Coins and money are an integral part of society and have been for many centuries and historic coins have a broad appeal to serious numismatists and serious investors.

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Why do people buy historic coins?

Why do people buy historic coins?

A look into some of the reasons collectors choose historic coins.

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St Georges Day

St Georges Day

To celebrate St. George’s Day, we have taken a look back at how England has been represented on UK £1 coins since the newer version of the round pound coin was introduced in 1983. How many do you have in your collection?

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Who was Beatrix Potter

Who was Beatrix Potter

The wonderful world of Beatrix Potter has graced the lives of many; a pioneer of storytelling, she created many small books for many small hands.

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we have taken a look back at how Northern Ireland has been represented on UK £1 coins since the newer version of the round pound coin was introduced in 1983. How many do you have in your collection?

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The Tower within the Tower

The Tower within the Tower

For centuries, the Tower of London has been an icon of the UK’s capital and a symbol of its rich royal history. Today the Tower of London is a complex of buildings and fortifications covering acres of land, but its story begins with the building of the White Tower, the oldest standing building in London.

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Happy St Davids Day

Happy St Davids Day

In celebration of all things Welsh to mark St. David’s Day, we’ve taken a look back at how Wales has been represented on the £1 coin since decimalisation. From leeks, to dragons and daffodils, do you have any of the following designs in your collection? Share a photo on social using #WelshPound.

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How the White Horse of Hanover became part of British royal heraldry

How the White Horse of Hanover became part of British royal heraldry

When Queen Anne, the last of the Stuarts, died in 1714, the British throne passed to George of Hanover, who became known as George I. He brought with him the heraldry of the region, including a White Horse on a red background, known in German as the ‘Sachsenross’ and in English as ‘the White Horse of Hanover’.

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Queens Beasts - Meet the Designer

Queens Beasts - Meet the Designer

Meet Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark, who created both the reverse designs for this new collection and the fifth portrait of Her Majesty The Queen.

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The Queen’s Beasts – A Story of Royal Heraldry and Heritage

The Queen’s Beasts – A Story of Royal Heraldry and Heritage

When Queen Anne, the last of the Stuarts, died in 1714, the British throne passed to George of Hanover, who became known as George I. He brought with him the heraldry of the region, including a White Horse on a red background, known in German as the ‘Sachsenross’ and in English as ‘the White Horse of Hanover’.

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The History of The Queens Beasts

The History of The Queens Beasts

A timeline showing how the heraldic beasts have been passed down to Her Majesty The Queen from Edward III.

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The Year of King George III

The Year of King George III

Each year The Royal Mint strikes the coins that tell the stories of our evolving culture and the people who have influenced it. Often these stories are interwoven in some way and this year, as we celebrate the fascinating reign of George III, it’s more apparent than ever.

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Royal Cypher

Royal Cypher

George III was the first monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the last of America. His 59-year reign saw Britain involved in global conflict, political upheaval and an economic revolution.

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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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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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Trial of the Pyx by the Numbers

Trial of the Pyx by the Numbers

The Trial of the Pyx affects everything we do at The Royal Mint. For more than 700 years, every coin we've produced has been subjected to a rigorous trial steeped in tradition and ceremony.

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The Romance of coins

The Romance of coins

Coins have been used as tokens of love and affection for thousands of years. The earliest Wedding Vows even included reference to gifts of gold and silver. The coin you hold today may have already passed through the hands of your partner long before you met and equally your future husband or wife may be in possession of a coin that you will soon come to hold.

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Stories from the Royal Mint Museum: Trial Plates

Stories from the Royal Mint Museum: Trial Plates

Our stories from the Royal Mint Museum series continues as we focus on trial plates. From the start of coinage, accuracy of weight and composition has been vital for its integrity and the confidence of the public. In the Royal Mint Museum this aspect of coinage is represented, in part, by a spectacular series of gold and silver trial plates dating from 1477.

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The story of The Sovereign – ‘chief coin of the world’

The story of The Sovereign – ‘chief coin of the world’

The Sovereign has a long and illustrious history. First struck more than 500 years ago, it remains the world’s oldest coin that is still in production today. Here we chart The Sovereign’s journey from inception, through retirement and revival, to the status it enjoys today as the ‘chief coin of the world’.

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The Story Behind The Falcon

The Story Behind The Falcon

At Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation in 1953, the Falcon of the Plantagenet’s took its place as one of The Queen’s Beasts, alongside the lion, unicorn, dragon, griffin, yale, greyhound, horse and white lion...

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Behind the Design: The Falcon of the Plantagenet’s and The Queen’s Beasts Collection

Behind the Design: The Falcon of the Plantagenet’s and The Queen’s Beasts Collection

To mark the launch of the final two coins in the Falcon of the Plantagenet’s range, we caught up with Jody Clark, designer of the entire Queen’s Beasts Collection, which started with the Lion of England back in 2016.

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The Royal Mint Partners with NFL For 2019 London Games

The Royal Mint Partners with NFL For 2019 London Games

We are delighted to reveal a special medallion to commemorate the NFL’s 100th season and the first NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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The Sovereign Reverse Designs

The Sovereign Reverse Designs

The Sovereign dates back to the Tudor era, when Henry VII ordered the issue of a large gold coin of 20 shillings. However, the modern Sovereign didn’t come into existence until 1817.

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Benedetto Pistrucci

Benedetto Pistrucci

Benedetto Pistrucci was born in Rome on 29 May 1784. While working in Italy, he gained a reputation as an outstandingly talented gem engraver. His fame spread far and wide and he was invited to come to England by the Prince Regent, the son of George III.

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10 Things You Need to Know About the White Lion of Mortimer

10 Things You Need to Know About the White Lion of Mortimer

The White Lion of Mortimer has sometimes been portrayed as quite submissive. Royal Mint designer Jody Clark has given the animal a sense of dignity, others have given it a look similar to that of a begging dog.

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The First World War and The Royal Mint

The First World War and The Royal Mint

In response to this year's marking of the 100th anniversary of the first remembrance ceremonies, The Royal Mint has procured a number of historic coins from 1919 – the year of the first ’Armistice Day’ ceremony.

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Harry Brockway Explains His Remembrance 2019 Design

Harry Brockway Explains His Remembrance 2019 Design

Somerset-based artist Harry Brockway's name will be familiar to many numismatists. Trained as a sculptor at the Royal Academy in London, he has produced a number of designs for The Royal Mint over the years, including the 2019 Lunar Year of the Pig design.

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Chinese New Year Customs

Chinese New Year Customs

Unlike New Year here in the United Kingdom, Chinese New Year doesn’t have a fixed date. Instead, it’s determined by the new moon that appears between 21 January and 21 February. Also known as the Spring Festival, in China the public holiday is the biggest celebration of the year. People greet each other with a hearty ‘Xin Nian Kuai Le’ (‘Happy New Year’).

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The Story of the Rat and the Cat

The Story of the Rat and the Cat

The Chinese zodiac follows a 12-year cycle with each year characterised by a different animal. The rat is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac and in 2020, the cycle starts anew. But, how was the sequence decided? To find out, we have to delve deep into Chinese mythology.

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Behind the Design with P. J. Lynch

Behind the Design with P. J. Lynch

In 2020, the Chinese zodiac starts over with a new cycle. By virtue of being the first lunar animal, the rat is in the ascendancy. People born in the Year of the Rat are considered intelligent, curious and optimistic. Naturally adaptable, they’re great at fitting in.

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Famous People Born in the Year of the Rat

Famous People Born in the Year of the Rat

People born in the Year of the Rat are said to be smart, resourceful and optimistic. Naturally curious, they’re keen to seek out knowledge. And because they’re so adaptable, they can fit in pretty much anywhere.

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Behind the white Lion of Mortimer Design

Behind the white Lion of Mortimer Design

Jody Clark, the designer behind The Queen's Beasts Collection, shares his inspiration for the White Lion of Mortimer. While the story of The Royal Mint’s past is peppered with grand, mature and characterful engravers, a new generation of coin designers is making an impression on the minting world.

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Prince Albert: The Pioneering Prince

Prince Albert: The Pioneering Prince

In 2019 we are celebrating the life and legacy of Queen Victoria, but these celebrations would not be complete if we did not honour the pioneering prince who stood at her side. The 200th anniversary of Prince Albert’s birth falls in the same year as his wife’s and it is only fitting that The Royal Mint marks the occasion. On 26 August 2019 we will be striking a limited number of Sovereigns featuring a special privy mark, paying tribute to a man who helped shape the nation.

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The Royal Mint and The Victoria Cross

The Royal Mint and The Victoria Cross

The beauty and artistry of the Britannia coin pretty much speak for itself but to get an even greater sense of the image we sat down with the designer of the 2019 design, artist David Lawrence. Having also designed the 2018 reverse design, it's not surprising that he has a good sense of who and what Britannia is.

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Meet the designer: David Lawrence, Britannia 2019

Meet the designer: David Lawrence, Britannia 2019

The beauty and artistry of the Britannia coin pretty much speak for itself but to get an even greater sense of the image we sat down with the designer of the 2019 design, artist David Lawrence. Having also designed the 2018 reverse design, it's not surprising that he has a good sense of who and what Britannia is.

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10 facts about Winston Churchill

10 facts about Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill lived to the age of 90, and in those years he accomplished many things. Most of us will remember Winston Churchill, the politician, and he is certainly remembered for his contribution to the Second World War, but that is just one side of this great man’s story.

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Behind the Design Series: The 2017 Lunar Year of The Rooster coins

Behind the Design Series: The 2017 Lunar Year of The Rooster coins

The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào Collection combines centuries of Chinese tradition with British minting craftsmanship, celebrating the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

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Behind the design: The 2018 Lunar Year of the Dog Coins

Behind the design: The 2018 Lunar Year of the Dog Coins

Around the world, Chinese New Year is celebrated with the exchange of gifts and money, traditionally given in red envelopes to wish the recipient love, luck and prosperity.

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Behind the Design with Harry Brockway

Behind the Design with Harry Brockway

The pig is the sixth design in our Lunar series, and is the twelfth sign of the Chinese zodiac, appearing once every 12 years.

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Battle of Waterloo

Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo was one of the most decisive battles in history, the final battle of the long running Napoleonic Wars. It brought over 20 years of conflict in Europe to an end and left a lasting legacy on the world.

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1066, the Battle of Hastings – the date that made history, remembered.

1066, the Battle of Hastings – the date that made history, remembered.

1066, the date drummed into generations of schoolchildren, considered one of Britain’s most signicant battles on its own soil. The story has been kept alive for almost a millennium, with people travelling far and wide to glimpse the Bayeux Tapestry that tells its story.

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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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