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A round-up of Royal Mint releases so far this year

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The Royal Mint have been busy. We’re not even half way through the year and already 2018 has been jam-packed with new UK coin releases. As official distributors for The Royal Mint, we have seen huge interest in the UK coins that have been released. Here’s what’s been released so far: An A to Z of “Britishness” on 10p coins Let’s start off with one of the most popular releases of the year. In March, The Royal Mint announced the first ever set of commemorative 10p coins with the theme being an A-Z of Great Britain. The series celebrates everything...

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Brand New British Isles 50p marks the Queen’s 65th Coronation Anniversary

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This year, Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her Sapphire Coronation Anniversary – 65 years since she was crowned at Westminster Abbey in 1953. As the world’s longest reigning living monarch, she will be the first monarch in British history to celebrate a Sapphire Coronation, a historic achievement to be recognised as part of her record-breaking reign. Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI in 1952. After a year’s mourning period, she was crowned Queen in a coronation ceremony steeped with tradition. Millions tuned in to listen to the ceremony on the radio and, for the first time ever,...

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Everything you need to know about ‘The Queen’s Beasts’ UK £5 series

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Last year The Royal Mint revealed a series of brand new base metal UK £5 coins featuring an intriguing range of creatures called the ‘Queen’s Beasts’. The release soon captured collector’s attention as the use of a bullion coin design on a base metal coin was unprecedented. The choice of designs is equally fascinating and dates back to over 400 years ago.  It was Henry VIII who first commissioned the sculpting of 10 heraldic animal statues. They were produced to represent the ancestry of King Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. These became known as “The King’s Beasts” and can still be seen to this...

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Meet the FOUR new 2018 Beatrix Potter 50p coins…

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Four new Beatrix Potter 50p silver coins have been revealed by The Royal Mint. Flopsy Bunny, the Tailor of Gloucester, and Mrs Tittlemouse all feature for the first time on UK coinage – whilst Peter Rabbit returns for the third year in a row. The four coins issued last year by The Royal Mint created a collecting storm when 30,000 Peter Rabbit Silver 50p’s sold out in just ONE day, making it the fastest selling and most popular Silver UK 50p coin EVER.  And now they’re issuing BRAND NEW designs for 2018.  Here’s a first look at the new silver coins, with details of when they are available… 2018 Peter Rabbit 50p...

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100 Years of the Vote

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100 years ago on this day, the Representation of the People Act was passed through Parliament, extending the right to vote to British Women for the very first time.  The Act also gave the vote to servicemen over the age of 19 and other men over 21 and is hailed as a landmark for democracy. 100 years of evolution World War I not only shifted the political atmosphere across the world, but also caused an irreversible change of traditions within the UK. Women were more involved in the workforce than ever before, proving their worth in industries such as transport and...

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