“Past & Present” considers the next-of-kin plaques from the Great War

In 1917, while World War I raged, the British government set up a committee to create a memorial plaque to be sent to the next-of-kin of any British subject who died as a result of the war (this included those who died in training or from natural causes, so long as it was determined to be war-related.) A […]

British Virgin Islands: Accession of Queen Victoria remembered on latest high relief silver crown.

The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (18th September) a new coin which marks the 180th anniversary of one of the world’s most well-known and revered British monarchs — Queen Victoria. The 20th June 2017 marked Queen Victoria’s eventful and historic accession to the British throne — which also ushered in the Victorian […]

Fourth and final coin in popular Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection now available for pre-order

The fourth and final release in the Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection features Benjamin Bunny and is now available for pre-order. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is distinct from Potter’s other four books given that the story was written entirely from scratch, unlike the aforementioned which were based on her own private letters. Benjamin Bunny’s tale […]

United Kingdom: Prince Philip’s lifetime of service honoured with new gold and silver crown coins

The following is a re-post from our sister site, Coin Update. It was announced today that special crown coins will be issued in August to pay tribute to the lifetime of official service which HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has given to the nation. It was announced by Buckingham Palace on the 4th May that […]

United Kingdom: Mr. Jeremy Fisher, second 2017 Beatrix Potter coin, now available

The second release in the Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection features Mr. Jeremy Fisher—the first time the character has appeared on an official U.K. coin. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, the eighth of Potter’s little tales, follows the frog in his waterproof mackintosh and galoshes through a day of fishing adventures. Once upon a time […]

United Kingdom: Centennial of royal dynasty celebrated on new crown coin

The following is a reblog courtesy of World Mint News Blog’s sister site, Coin Update. On January 1, the Royal Mint unveiled a new Crown coin that marks the centennial anniversary of the introduction of the British Royal family’s dynastic name—that of Windsor, which was introduced in 1917. The circumstances of why the British Royal family […]

United Kingdom: “The Griffin,” Second of the Queen’s Beasts Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

On December 9, 2016, the Royal Mint will release the second of 10 coins in the “Queen’s Beasts” series. The first coin was released in March 2016. The original Queen’s Beasts were a series of statues representing the lineage of Queen Elizabeth II. For her coronation in 1953, a temporary annex was built at the […]

The Historic Gold Sovereign

This week saw reports of the upcoming anniversaries of two of the world’s classic gold bullion coins: the 50th anniversary of the gold Krugerrand, and the 200th anniversary of the gold Sovereign that preceded it. World Mint News Blog decided to take a look at the Sovereign’s storied history, along with a handful of rarities […]

Alderney £5 Remembrance Day Coins

The Royal Mint is taking orders for its annual Remembrance Day commemorative coins. Remembrance Day is observed every November 11 by members of the Commonwealth of Nations. In the United Kingdom, local ceremonies are held throughout the country; the Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph during the large ceremony in London. (Scroll to the bottom […]