British Royal Mint

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 announced another year of financial success and improved profitability – a further year of improved performance. An operating profit before exceptional items of £9. 6 million (2006-07: £8. 7m) has been delivered on sales of £131. 8 million, and profit after exceptional items and interest was £7. 2 million, compared with […]

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Shield of Royal Arms to feature on first new design in 40 years The Royal Mint today unveiled innovative new designs to feature on the reverse of seven of the United Kingdom’s coins. Chosen through a public competition that attracted more than 4,000 entries, the coins feature different details of the Shield of the Royal […]

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The British Royal Mint has released a new 2008 commemorative £5 coin celebrating the 450th anniversary of the accession of Elizabeth I. The attractive, limited edition commemorative coin comes in Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof versions and bears a uniquely interesting reverse design.

New commemorative £5 coin for 2008 with a specially designed reverse celebrating the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I (British Royal Mint images)

On 17 November 1558 the 25-year-old Elizabeth was proclaimed Queen of England. According to the British Royal Mint:

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