Give baby a gift they’ll keep for life – a full set of 2013 definitive coins. All eight coins are Brilliant Uncirculated quality, a sparkling finish with higher definition than the coins in your pocket. The Royal Mint's best-selling gift in 2012, this presentation set is perfect for newborns or to celebrate a christening. It also has space to personalize with treasured ‘firsts’.
Parents are always delighted to receive this celebratory gift for their newborn, dated for the year of the baby’s birth. In turn, as the child grows up, they are fascinated to look back and see all the coins from the year they were born. It could also spark their interest and be the start of a lifelong love of coin collecting. Please note-this set does not contain any Silver.
One of the delights of this set is to see all the coins from the 1p to the 50p arranged to depict the shield of the Royal Arms. It also has the £1 coin featuring the shield of the Royal Arms design in its entirety and the Technological £2, the UK’s first bi-color coin with a latent image which changes when viewed from different angles. As legal tender, each coin has on its obverse the image of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS which has been used since 1998.
One of the oldest institutions in the world, the Royal Mint began producing coins for England, and eventually Great Britain, more than 1,100 years ago. The mint also produces and exports coins for other countries, as well as military medals, and other products for the British government. The Royal Mint has been witness to the legendary kings and queens, political upheavals, social and governmental progress, and scientific and technological breakthroughs.
The minting of coins began in England around the end of the second century B.C. Around A.D. 650, coins were made by craftsmen called “moneyers” in London. In 886, during the reign of Alfred the Great, the London Mint was designated to be a single institution, though there were many other mints in operation around this time. In 1279 the London Mint was moved to the Tower of London where it remained for the next 500 years. Famed physicist Sir Isaac Newton was the Warden of the Mint in 1696 and as such was responsible for investigating cases of counterfeiting. Three years later he was made Master of the Mint, until his death in 1727, and was responsible for moving England from the Silver standard to the Gold standard in 1717.
The Royal Mint had outgrown its home in the Tower of London so during the 18th century the rickety wooden shacks the mint occupied were rebuilt to accommodate mechanized and rolling mills and coining presses and provide more space. Soon, however, the mint outgrew this new location and in 1809, the mint moved from the Tower of London to an adjacent site in East Smithfield called Tower Hill. By 1899, the Royal Mint was striking 100 million coins a year.
In 1967 it was announced that mint would move from its location at Tower Hill to Llantrisant, Wales, following Parliament’s decision to decimalize currency and in 1968 the first coins were officially struck by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the new location in Wales. In 1986, the Royal Mint celebrated 11 centuries of continuous minting. In 2009, the Royal Mint was vested into a government-owned company to provide greater operating and commercial freedom.
One unique aspect of the Royal Mint is a procedure known as the Trial of the Pyx, dates back to 1282 and ensures newly-minted coins meet required government standards. The trials have been held once a each year since their inception and have changed very little over time. These trials are presided over by a judge with a jury of expert assayers and were held at the Palace of Westminster before they were moved to the modern-day site at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The ceremony was so named after the boxwood chest in which coins were placed for presentation to the jury.