British Royal Mint

The Royal Mint is delighted to introduce the 2009 Britannia collection, featuring Philip Nathan’s famous 1997 design of Britannia standing tall in her chariot.

Royal Mint 2009 Britannia Gold Proof Coins

His stunning design appears on the reverse, while the current portrait of Her Majesty the Queen takes pride of place on the obverse – the first time that the two designs have appeared alongside each other on a gold coin.  

The 2009 collection is the eighth in a series of Britannia commemorative coins to be released since their inception by the Royal Mint in 1987. Unusually for UK gold coins, the Britannia Collection is struck to 22 carat gold Proof quality, but with a small quantity of silver added to the alloy, resulting in a brilliant yellow gold finish.

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UK 20p coin, reverse sideNews of an error in UK’s Royal Mint 20 pence coin (20p) blasted through the media this week, creating an intensified fervor in collectors trying to find and buy the coins.

Prices for the coin, which have a face value of about 33 cents US, have shot up with auction bidding reaching as high as several hundred dollars. (See current eBay auctions.)

According to reports, the Mint issued tens of thousands "year-less" 20p coins toward the end of 2008.

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The Royal Mint has today reported another profitable and successful year, demonstrating the commitment to long-term sustainable growth. An operating profit before exceptional items and interest of £8.2 million (2007-08: £9.6m) was realised in spite of the challenging global economic environment, meaning the Royal Mint will pay a dividend of £4.0 million (2007-08: £3.9m) into […]

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Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the ascension of a king considered to be controversial at the least, the Royal Mint has issued the 2009 UK Henry VIII £5 coins. These coins are available in platinum, gold, silver and cupro-nickel.

2009 UK Henry VIII £5 Anniversary Silver and Gold Coins

Dave Knight, Director of Commemorative Coins at the Mint, explains the choice for these commemorative coins:

 

“Love him or hate him, Henry VIII is undoubtedly one of history’s most influential monarchs. His reign changed the face of England forever and we felt it was essential that this remarkable period of history was commemorated with a lasting and treasured memento.”

 

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In 1759, a few acres of land was donated by Princess Augusta to create a garden for rare and unusual plants. 250 years later the Royal Mint is celebrating the creation of this premier facility with the 2009 UK Kew Gardens 50p coins. The coins are available in three forms: a 22 carat gold proof […]

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In 2012, London will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the most prestigious sporting events in the world. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, the Royal Mint was joined by Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington OBE to launch the first Countdown Coin, a special £5 coin counting down three years to the exciting event. Rebecca comments: […]

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US Mint Sales Figures ImageUltra High Relief (UHR) $20 gold coins break a new threshold and Braille Commemorative Silver Dollar sales soar, according to the latest US Mint sales report.

Ultra High Relief (UHR) $20 gold coin sales cooled off compared to the last figures, but rose above the magic 60,000 barrier. With an average price of around $1200 each, the total is quite impressive.

In a surprise for the second straight week, sales of Louis Braille Silver Dollars shot up… really shot up. Proofs jumped by 38.1 percent over the prior numbers, with 21,636 additional sold. The uncirculated options rose by nearly 30 percent, with 10,200 more purchased by collectors.

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In recognition of one of the world’s most unique vehicles ever introduced, the British Royal Mint is offering extremely limited 2009 Mini 50th Anniversary Proof Coins struck in gold and silver and in denominations of either £1, £5 or £10. The coins are sure to be a hit with coin collectors and vintage car enthusiasts.

2009 Mini 50th Anniversary £10 Silver and £1 Gold Proof Coins

The Mini owes its creation to the fuel rationing of the 1950’s in Great Britain. Still recovering from the effects of World War II, fuel supplies were not enough to meet the demand of all the full size cars on the road. Smaller cars like the Volkswagen Beetle were becoming more popular and British manufacturers wanted to compete. Their answer was the British Motor Corporation’s Mini.

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In keeping with yearly tradition to mark Holy Thursday before Easter, Queen Elizabeth II handed out rare coins during the Royal Maundy Service that was held this year in Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Suffolk. Custom dictates that a monarch’s age is to be used to determine how many individuals are selected for the service to […]

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In celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth, the British Royal Mint has released Robert Burns £2 Silver and Gold Proof Coins. Robert Burns, sometimes called Scotland’s favorite son and still known worldwide for his work, was a poet and lyricist in the 1700’s.

Robert Burns £2 Silver and Gold Proof Coins

In a two room cottage (now known as Burns Cottage) in Alloway Scotland, Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759. Robert’s mother would often sing traditional Scottish songs to him and his younger brother. His father, who was a firm believer in education, helped to persuade area residents to hire a schoolteacher named John Murdoch for all of their children. Murdoch said that Robert could quickly memorize whole passages of text. This memory would serve him well later in life.

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