The Royal Mint Coins

Throughout history, empires have risen and fallen.  The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Persians, and Mongols are all examples of empires that have spanned much of the globe.  While these great nations have many differences in how they functioned, they all have one thing in common; they ended.  Every major empire has come and gone.  All except the largest empire in the world, the British Empire.  Dubbed “the empire on which the sun never sets,” the British Empire spanned the globe and claimed so much territory that the sun never actually set on their empire.  This massive size gave the British Empire a plethora of resources to utilize, such as precious metals, that the empire used to found the Royal Mint around 1,100 years ago.  Since then, the Royal Mint has been producing quality coins to distribute all across the world and throughout its still thriving empire.  From the Silver Britannia to the Gold Sovereign, to the recent Queen’s Beasts and Tower of London series, coins issued from Britain’s Royal Mint are marked by incredible quality and a long history of excellence. Keep reading to learn what this long-lived Mint has in store for your collection.

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The Gold Sovereign

The history of the Royal Mint can be experienced with the Gold Sovereign.  This coin was originally made in 1489, but quickly fell out of circulation until 1817 when King James I brought it back.  This coin has, in many respects, been the backbone of the British Empire by allowing the various territories to trade both amongst themselves as well as with other nations.  It is such a big part of British culture that this coin still appears in movies and television all the time. Its design features the reigning monarch of the time on its obverse and the famous imagery of St. George triumphing over the dragon.

The Britannia

The Britannia, struck in both silver and gold, is the primary bullion series released by the Royal Mint. While a few design changes have premiered over the years, the basic concept remains the same, the obverse carries a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, while the reverse carries a depiction of Britannia, an allegorical female representation of the United Kingdom. The gold Britannia started being issued in 1987 with the silver variety following in 1997. While a lesser fineness was used in the early years of both respective issues, since 2013 the Britannia is struck from .9999 pure gold and the Silver Britannia is struck from .999 pure silver. Don’t miss out on this tradition of excellence.

Queen’s Beast Series

The Royal Mint implemented the Queen’s Beasts series in 2016. Struck in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen’s Beasts series features all ten of the mystical beasts that guarded the entrance to Westminster Abbey as she was coronated.  These coins include the 2018 Britain Black Bull that represents Edward IV the first king of England.  The Britain Black Bull coin is the fifth coin in the series with every other beast having the same excellent quality. Already released issues in this series include the Lion of England, the Unicorn of Scotland, the Red Dragon of Wales, the Black Bull of Clarence, the Falcon of the Plantagenets, the Yale of Beaufort, and White Lion of Mortimer.

Tower of London Series

Another premier Royal Mint series that carries a lot of cultural and historical significance is the recent Tower of London series.  The Tower of London series started in 2019 and is a five-coin series that features prominent imagery associated with the cultural icon that is the Tower of London.  From the Crown Jewels, to the Guardian Ravens, and the Yeoman Wanders, this series captures the history of the Tower of London and allows you to bring a small piece of that tradition home to your collection.

Royal Wedding Coin

An event that took the world by storm was the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that took place in May of 2018.  This wedding was broadcast around the world and watch, the world did. With how much the world loved this wedding it is only natural that the Royal Mint struck a coin in its honor.  Struck in both silver and gold as well as bearing Prince Harry’s Coat of Arms on the reverse and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, it is a beautiful coin that only adds to the illustrious history of the Royal Mint.