Una and the Lion is one of those classic British coin designs, that comfortably sits alongside such numismatic icons as Britannia, and Pistrucci's George and the Dragon. Famed sculpture William Wyon did the original art for this way back in 1839, and it was the first time a reigning monarch had been depicted as a fictional character [...]
Remembrance Day 2016. Alderney and the Royal Mint issue new silver coins Remembrance Day is fast approaching. Observed on 11th November to commemorate the 1918 end of hostilities of the First World War, the memorial is marked by Commonwealth countries to remember the members of their armed forces who [...]
Long considered one of England's greatest sporting triumphs, the 1966 FIFA World Cup final was a classic even by the standards of this long running tournament. Most remembered for Englands controversial third goal, argued not to have crossed the line, an argument that persists to this day, the match against West Germany was watched by a [...]
After using the 2012 award-winning Emma Noble design in 2012 and 2013, the Royal Mint went with a new piece of art by designer Laura Clancy in 2014 for its annual £5 Remembrance Day coin issued for the island of Alderney. The coins have special significance at the moment as we're currently in the centenary period of the war [...]
The celebrations of the life of Sir Winston Churchill in the 50th year since his death continue apace in the numismatic world. Just this year we've had the excellent close-up portrait from the Royal Mint, a £20 design that also made it onto some large proof gold and silver coins, and one from the Pobjoy Mint.
In a couple of weeks time on 7 May, we celebrate 70 years since the end of the European theatre of the most destructive war in human history, World War II. After seven long years of brutal conflict, German General Alfred Jodl signed the unconditional surrender of all German forces. By the time the war was over, at least [...]