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The Beatrix Potter coins which sparked a collecting frenzy

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In 2016 The Royal Mint issued a series of 50p coins celebrating the work of Beatrix Potter, Britain’s much-loved children’s author and illustrator. When the coins finally entered circulation, they were snapped up quickly by collectors and are now incredibly difficult to find. In fact, they are among the most sought-after UK circulation coins ever issued. There are a total of 5 coins in the Beatrix Potter 50p series: The Beatrix Potter 50p Coin The Beatrix Potter 50p coins were issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of her birth in 1866, and this coin pays tribute to the lady herself with her...

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Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon: The story behind the design

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It is often touted as the best album cover of all time, and has become so ingrained as part of popular culture that it’s hard to believe that the concept for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon cover was actually born out of a simple textbook illustration. I spoke to the album’s original artist, George Hardie, about the details behind the iconic design which began in 1968 with a chance meeting in a photographic darkroom at the Royal College of Art in London. It was then that he first met Storm Thorgeson and Aubrey Powell - the creative...

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The Sapphire Jubilee – a first in British Royal history

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This year Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Sapphire Jubilee - becoming the first British monarch in history to reach this milestone.  To mark the occasion, The Royal Mint have today issued a brand new UK £5 coin which follows in the footsteps of some timeless UK Jubilee coins. Here is a look back at the others... Own the brand new Sapphire Jubilee £5Now you can own the brand new UK £5 Coin issued by The Royal Mint to celebrate Her Majesty's Sapphire Jubilee - the first British monarch in history to do so. Click here for more details >>

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FIRST LOOK: New David Bowie Stamps just announced…

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Royal Mail have revealed 10 new David Bowie stamps, which will mark a tribute to one of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time. The stamps are Royal Mail’s second dedicated music artist stamp issue, following on from the popular Pink Floyd release in the summer of last year. Scheduled for release on 14th March 2017, the stamps will feature iconic album covers and live performances from 1971 right up to his final studio album Blackstar. Here’s your first look at the new stamps alongside a bit of info about each one… 1st Class – Hunky Dory: His fourth album and released in December...

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The history of Her Majesty’s Jubilee crown coins

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This year Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Sapphire Jubilee – the first ever British monarch in history to do so. To mark the occasion, a brand new British Isles £5 Proof coin has been issued. In light of its release, I thought I’d take a look back at the history and timeless designs of previous British Jubilee commemorative coins issued during the Queen’s reign… 1953 The Coronation UK Crown The 1953 crown was issued to celebrate Her Majesty’s Coronation and was the very first UK commemorative coin to be issued during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Unusually, the obverse portrait features an engraving...

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