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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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