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United Kingdom Features Natural Landmarks on New Silver Crown Coin Set

August 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Royal British Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Royal Mint has issued (August 19) a new four-coin silver crown set entitled, “Portraits of Britain,” which features some of the most admired and distinct natural landmarks in the United Kingdom. The locations are either National Parks or regions that are set aside for preservation due to their natural beauty and unspoiled environment. Included in this series are:

The Giant’s Causeway. Located in Antrim, Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway is renowned for its more than 40,000 polygonal columns of layered basalt, which resulted from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. This is… Full article at the source>

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UK Honors Children’s Author Beatrix Potter on New Coin

January 4, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Royal Mint has announced the release of new gold, silver, and cupro nickel coins honoring the 150th birthday of children’s author Beatrix Potter.

Helen Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943) was born in the affluent London borough of Kensington into a family of privilege. As a way to earn extra money in the 1890s, Beatrix and her younger brother Walter would print cards of their own design for Christmas and other special occasions. Mice and rabbits were the most frequent subject of her fantasy paintings as a young girl, and these served as the inspirations… Full article at the source>

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UK to Feature the Great Fire, Shakespeare, and Battle of Hastings on 2016 Coins

November 3, 2015 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, English Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Royal Mint has released information on coin programs planned for 2016. New issues will mark historic anniversaries, including the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, the 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, and London’s Great Fire of 1666.

Also announced is a special one pound coin to be included in specific coin sets, effectively saying goodbye to the current one pound coin, which will be replaced by a new security enhanced circulation version in 2017.

In all, a total of five commemorative £2 coins will be issued, as well as one new fifty pence coin. In… Full article at the source>

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How Isaac Newton helped shape our coins

September 29, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Milled edges on coins are often associated with Isaac Newton.

Isaac Newton is undoubtedly one of the most influential scientists of all time. He also spent 30 years running the Royal Mint, then located in the Tower of London.

The late 17th century was a time of crisis for England’s silver coinage. With many hammer-struck coins still in circulation, the problem of ‘clipping’ had become serious.

Clipping is the act of illegally shaving off a small amount of a precious metal coin for profit. The irregular shaped, rimless coins of Newton’s day made them easy to clip without detection.

And with people in continental Europe prepared to pay a high price for silver… Full article at the source>

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World War I Centennial Remembered in Second Six-Coin Series

June 2, 2015 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Royal Mint have issued their second six-coin set of crowns which remember the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the Great War or as it was later termed after 1945, World War I.

As the world continues to remember the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, one of the most prominent female casualties of the First World War has been honored on one of the six crown coins in the set alongside a young flying ace and for the first time, a coin is dedicated to the role of animals on the battlefield. Coins commemorating Edith Cavell and Albert Ball… Full article at the source>

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Royal Mint Crown Coins Mark 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

May 9, 2015 in British Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Royal Mint have launched the second crown to be issued this year which focuses on the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo – the decisive battle which turned the tide of European domination from one single entity or authority, that of the French Emperor Napoleon. The story of the battle in a real sense begins with the end of France’s thousand year old absolute monarchy in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille on the 14th July and what became regarded as the start of the French revolution. This event resulted in the overthrow of the autocratic Full article at the source>

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Two Coin Set in Tribute to the Memory of Winston Churchill

November 7, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, English Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Royal Mint has announced a new two-coin set which will be issued in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the death of the country’s war-time leader, Sir Winston Churchill, who first served as Prime Minister of Great Britain during the war years from 1940 until the post-war election in 1945. Widely considered one of the great leaders during the Second World War – even of the 20th century, he was a man of many Full article at the source>

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Double Sovereign Celebrates Prince George’s First Birthday

July 30, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, The Royal Mint, UK Coins, World Coins

By Michael Alexander

The Royal Mint have announced that a special double sovereign will be issued to mark the first birthday of the UK’s youngest Prince who is in direct succession to the British throne.

Little Prince George, the son of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, also known as William & Catherine, was Full article at the source>

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The silver-coloured 2p freak coin that was accidentally made in the wrong metal is set to sell for £1,000 at auction

July 26, 2014 in Auctions, Coin Errors, Coins, Collecting, Cupro-Nickel Coins, English Coins, Errors, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By MAIL ON SUNDAY REPORTER. 26 July 2014 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)

  • Coin was accidentally made in cupronickel rather than bronze 

  • Was discovered in 1988 by a petrol station owner opening roll of new coins 

  • Could fetch up to £1,000 at auction next week in Dorset  

A two pence piece that was accidentally made in the wrong metal is set to sell for 50,000 times its face value.

The coin was struck in cupronickel, the blend of copper and nickel formerly used for 10p and 5p coins, when it should have been bronze.

The errant coin, thought to be unique, was discovered in 1988, by the owner of a petrol station in a roll of new coins.

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New twelve-sided £1 coin for 2017

March 19, 2014 in British Coins, Coins, English Coins, Money, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By: Howard Lake. March 19th, 2014. (http://www.fundraising.co.uk)

HM Treasury is to introduce a new £1 coin in 2017. It will have a distinctive twelve-sided shape, reminiscent of the threepence coin which was withdrawn at decimalisation in 1971.

The new coin will of course find its way into charities’ collecting tins.

It has been introduced to reduce counterfeiting of the £1 coin, which was introduced 30 years ago. The new coin “will be the most secure circulating coin in the world to date” according to The Royal Mint.

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PCGS Paris Grades Scarce 2014 £2 Britannia And Lunar “Mule” Varieties

March 14, 2014 in Bullion, Coin Errors, Coin Grading, Coins, Errors, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, UK Coins, World Coins

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March 13, 2014

News media contacts:

In Europe: Muriel Eymery, Phone: + 33 1 40 20 09 94

Email: MEymery@collectors.com

In the USA: Steve Sloan, Phone: (949) 567-1223

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PCGS Paris Grades Scarce 2014  £Britannia And Lunar “Mule” Varieties

The £2 Britannia obverse design with denticles that was struck with the no-denticles reverse design intended for the Royal Mint's 2014 Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative.  (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service.)

The £2 Britannia obverse design with denticles that was struck with the no-denticles reverse design intended for the Royal Mint’s 2014 Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative. (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service.)

(Paris, France) — The Paris Submission Center of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGSEurope.com) has authenticated, graded and certified its first examples of the two recently reported varieties of British 2014 silver £2 Britannia and Year of the Horse “mule” error coins.

The PCGS Glossary (www.pcgs.com/Lingo) defines a numismatic mule as “a rare mint error where the obverse die is of one coin and the reverse die is of another coin.”

One variety of the recent Royal Mint mules is the £2 Britannia obverse design with denticles that was struck with the no-denticles reverse design intended for the 2014 Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative.  PCGS certified 461 of them during the recent PCGS Paris Grading Week, March 10 – 14, 2014.

The other variety is the no-denticles obverse of the Year of the Horse struck with the denticles reverse design intended for the £2 Britannia.  PCGS certified 22 of them in Paris.

Denticles are the tooth-like motif sometimes used as a design element around the inside rim of a coin.

The one-ounce, .999 fine silver bullion coins were submitted to PCGS by The London Coin Company of London, England in conjunction with the PCGS Paris Grading Week, March 10 – 14, 2014.

Ingram Liberman, President of The London Coin Company, said one of his customers first alerted him to the existence of the varieties.

The no-denticles obverse of the Royal Mint's Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative struck with the denticles reverse design intended for the £2 Britannia.   (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service.)

The no-denticles obverse of the Royal Mint’s Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative struck with the denticles reverse design intended for the £2 Britannia. (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service.)

“Back in late December 2013 or early January 2014 we had a call from one of our clients explaining he had purchased a 2014 Britannia £2 silver one-ounce coin and he wanted to return it.  He said it did not look like the picture of the coin he had purchased, and he thought the coin was a fake.”

After Liberman discussed the appearance of the coin with the client “the buyer quickly realized that, in fact, he had bought a £2 Britannia mule from us and wanted to hold onto it and to his collection.  He appreciated our honesty and integrity,Liberman explained.

“We chose PCGS to certify our coins because they are the strictest and most accurate authentication and grading company in the world with an internationally recognized reputation.  PCGS certification for coins is like GIA certification for diamonds: the leader in the industry,” stated Liberman, a PCGS Authorized Dealer.

“It’s always exciting to see a new coin variety in person for the first time, and these beautiful coins did not disappoint. These types of errors are highly sought after by collectors and already are bringing extremely steep prices.  They are true British numismatic pieces of history,” said Muriel Eymery, PCGS Vice President of International Business Development.

The Royal Mint is not describing them as errors, but rather as “a variation in the design for a limited time only.”  The Mint estimates that approximately 17,000 Britannia coins were struck with an obverse intended for the 2014 Year of the Horse, and about 38,000 Year of the Horse £2 silver coins were struck with the Britannia £2 obverse.

The PCGS Paris Submission Center office is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Appointments must be made in advance by calling +33(0) 1 40 20 09 94.

For additional information about PCGS services in Europe go to www.PCGSEurope.com.

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Silver bullion from sunken WWII ship makes it to the Mint at last

October 1, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, British Coins, Coins, Commemorative, News, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, UK Coins, World Coins

Coins commemorating 1941 sinking of SS Gairsoppa are part of 100-tonne haul recovered from North Atlantic

By: Maev Kennedy  theguardian.com

Commemorative silver coins are being struck from shipwrecked bullion that arrived at the Royal Mint more than 70 years late, after a German torpedo sent the ship carrying it to the bottom of the North Atlantic during the second world war.

The coins, intended for collectors, are made from part of a haul of almost 100 tonnes of silver recovered from a wreck lying three miles down, deeper than the Titanic. The silver is valued at up to £150m, the largest quantity of precious metal ever recovered from such a depth.

The coins show the doomed ship SS Gairsoppa, which sank on 17 February 1941 off the Irish coast after it was hit by a single German torpedo fired by U-boat U-101 weighed down by 7,000 tonnes of cargo including thousands of tons of pig iron.

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Thrupenny bit bearing the head of King Edward VIII before he abdicated his throne to marry Wallis Simpson on sale for £30,000

September 20, 2013 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Brass Coins, British Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, The Royal Mint, UK Coins

  • Royal Mint made the 12-sided coin dated 1937 after King George V died

  • Prince Edward succeeded his father but abdicated before his coronation

  • He was succeeded by his brother, King George VI, in December 1936

By SUZANNAH HILLS 17 September 2013 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

An incredibly rare coin bearing the likeness of King Edward VIII which was made before he famously abdicated his throne has emerged for sale for £30,000.

The 12-sided coin, worth just threepence when it was made, was an experimental piece produced by the Royal Mint after the death of King George V.

Edward automatically succeeded his father but abdicated before his coronation so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

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Made of money: The Royal Mint where cash is banned

July 26, 2013 in Coins, Education, English Coins, News, The Royal Mint, UK Coins

By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter, BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk)

Old, damaged or rejected coins are among the materials thrown into a roaring furnace by workers – some employed here for nearly 40 years – on eight-hour shifts, night and day.

Their job is to make money.

Melting down metal in the hot end is the start of the process that results in five billion coins being produced at this site in Llantrisant, south Wales, every year.

Despite churning out currency for the UK and around the world, one thing you will not find in the pockets and purses of staff at the mint is their own cash.

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