Samuel Johnson and the 2005 50p Coin – Johnson’s Dictionary - In 2005 the Royal Mint issued a 50 pence coin into general circulation in the UK to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language. So who was Samuel Johnson and why was his dictionary special?
2008 Platinum Proof Britannia Set - The 2008 Platinum Proof Britannia Set is the second Britannia set minted by the Royal Mint in platinum. The first was in 2007 and up to date of this article no others have been issued, so Platinum Britannia's are quite rare.
The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection - The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection is a collection of 16 gold proof fifty-pence pieces and was issued by the Royal Mint in 2009 to commemorate 40 years of the 50p piece. The set contains the 16 different designs issued on the 50p piece from 1969 to 2009, all in 22 carat gold.
Metals used in Modern British Coins - We handle coins on virtually a daily basis. We talk about their worth, and collectors like us discuss their designs in great detail. But unless the coin is some precious metal we rarely investigate what metals make up the coin and why they were used. So I thought I would.
2017 Tale of Peter Rabbit Gold 50p Set - Peter Rabbit is one of Beatrix Potter's most famous and enduring characters. In 2017 the Royal Mint offered a very special limited edition gift set: an exclusive edition of the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit with a 22-carat gold 50p proof coin.
1937 was Not the Only Gold Sovereign Minted in George VI’s Reign - The 1937 Gold Sovereign is much sought after as it is the only gold sovereign that bears the head of King George VI. But it was not the only year that sovereigns were made at the London Mint during the George's reign (1936-1952).
2015 Silver Two Pound Proof The Royal Navy: Yet Another Product Variant - The 2015 Silver Two Pound Proof The Royal Navy is a silver proof version of the 2015 £2 currently in circulation, and I want to use this to illustrate how the Royal Mint is augmenting its coins by issuing product variants to reach as large as possible coin collector base.
2012 Gold Ten Pounds Diamond Jubilee 5oz Coin - The 2012 Gold Ten Pounds Diamond Jubilee 5oz coin was issued to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years of reign. This is an incredible coin, with a diameter of 65 mm and 156g of .9999 gold.
Queen Victoria Gold Sovereigns Portraits (Heads) - Victoria ruled for 64 years, a record only recently surpassed by Queen Elizabeth II. Over her long reign she posed for many portraits for coins but on the gold sovereign there are three major variations: Young Head, Jubilee Head and Old Head.
What is Maundy Money? - Maundy Money are coins traditionally given out by the Monarch as a gift to the poor at Royal Maundy. The ceremony, which is associated with Christianity, is held on Maundy Thursday which is the day before Good Friday. The Maundy set consists of four coins , denominated one-, two-, three- and four-pence.