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The Royal Mint – Britannia 2023 Kilo Silver Bullion Coin (Queen Elizabeth II)

The Royal Mint – Britannia 2023 Kilo Silver Bullion Coin (Queen Elizabeth II)

The Royal Mint struck 1 Kilo Britannia Silver for the first time. Generally, Britannia Silver Coins are struck in 1 oz. It is also important that this 1 Kilo Silver Coin is still featuring the fifth and final effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. No wonder that this series will has a limited production run. And the Britannia coin featuring King Charles III’s first effigy will be released in the early of 2023.

It is no doubt that this 1 kilo Britannia silver coin striking the final Queen’s Effigy must be on the list of the coins collectors around the world.

Key Features

• Each Britannia 2023 bullion coin featuring the fifth and final effigy of Queen Elizabeth II has a limited production run. A Britannia coin featuring King Charles III’s first effigy will be released in the new year.

• The largest coin in this range

• Struck in one kilo of 999 fine silver for the first time

• Enhanced with four advanced security features

• A latent image changes from a padlock to Britannia’s famous trident

• Surface animation brings the background of waves to life

• The micro-text provides both decoration and protection

• Britannia’s shield bears the Union flag, which is accented with tincture lines

• Encapsulated in a single coin capsule

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The Royal Mint | James Bond 10 oz Bullion Silver Bar Minted | 007 NO TIME TO DIE

  • The world’s first James Bond precious metal bar
  • A limited production run of 6,000 ten-ounce 999.9 fine silver bars
  • .9999 Fineness

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The Royal Mint – The Royal Arms 2022 1oz Gold Bullion Coin

The Royal Mint – The Royal Arms 2022 1oz Gold Bullion Coin

This will be the final year of Royal Arms bearing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II struck by The Royal Mint.

The effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse in a design by Jody Clark in 2015. The face value of “100 pounds” and Her Royal Majesty’s name are displayed around the circumference.

The collectors around the world assumed the effigy bearing on the coin will be changed to King Charles III in 2023 version. The last version of the Royal Arms bearing the Queen’s effigy will be one of the important collections for coins collectors worldwide.

The reverse side of the 2022 1 oz Silver Royal Arms Coin features the modern Royal Arms of England, designed by celebrated artist Timothy Noad. The design represents the United Kingdom in its entirety.

The Royal Arms can be seen on some historic buildings, UK passport and many different official documents.

Source: https://www.royalmint.com/invest/bullion/bullion-coins/gold-coins/the-royal-arms-2022-1oz-gold-bullion-coin/

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Rishi Sunak will be the first person of colour to lead the UK

Rishi Sunak, whose parents came to the UK from the East Africa in the 1960s, is of Indian descent. His father was a local doctor while his mother ran a pharmacy in southern England. Sunak studied at the exclusive Winchester College, Oxford, and Stanford universities. He is known for his expensive taste in fashion and has worked for banks and hedge funds including Goldman Sachs.

Sunak has also been scrutinized over the tax arrangements of his wife Akahata Murty, the daughter of an Indian billionaire. In 2022, Sunak and his wife appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List of the UK’s 250 wealthiest people.

Sunak stood by Johnson for a long time. However, he turned against him after Johnson’s slow act for the Partygate scandal. Thereafter, Sunak’s shock resignation let to Johnson’s demise. Johnson believes Sunak betrayed him by resigning from his government which triggering his resignation on July 7 this year.

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The Royal Mint – His Majesty The King’s Official Coinage Portrait

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The Royal Mint, the official maker of UK coins, has confirmed that coins featuring the portrait of His Majesty King Charles III will enter circulation.

There are approximately 27 billion coins currently circulating in the UK bearing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Queen Elizabeth II ruled with heart and devotion, and will be dearly missed by millions of people around the world.

The King’s portrait will first appear on a £5 coin and 50p commemorating the life and legacy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The 50p will enter circulation to mark the historic moment, and coins featuring His Majesty and Queen Elizabeth II will co-circulate in the UK.

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The King’s effigy has been created by renowned British sculptor Martin Jennings, and has been personally approved by His Majesty. In keeping with tradition, The King’s portrait faces to the left, the opposite direction to Queen Elizabeth II. The Latin inscription surrounding the effigy reads “• CHARLES III • D • G • REX • F • D • 5 POUNDS • 2022” which equates to ‘Charles III, by the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith’. The effigy will start to appear on circulating and commemorative coins produced by The Royal Mint over the coming months.

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UK government warns China is recruiting UK pilots to train its military

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) warns that it believes former British pilots or even serving British pilots are being lured to China with large compensative packages to train People’s Liberation Army personnel in the People’s Republic of China.

To stop Chinese recruitment schemes to headhunt serving and former UK Armed Forces pilots, MoD are taking decisive steps. The MoD said that there was no evidence to suggest that any former UK pilots have passed on any information which would violate the Official Secret Act.

In the meantime, Britain’s Minister of State said the UK government will looking to change the law to punish military pilots who pass on their expertise to the Chinese army. He also mentioned that there is no secret in their attempt to gain access to our secrets, and Chinese recruitment of UK pilots in order to understand the capabilities of IL air force is clearly a concern to UK government He expressed that China is a competitor that is threatening the UK interest in many places around the world.

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UK Prime Minister Liz Truss apologized for her mini-budget

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UK Prime Minister Liz Truss apologized for her controversial mini-budget that crashed the UK Sterling, rattled financial markets and led to her firing her closet political ally. Despite of the huge pressure from the investors and party member, Truss insisted that she would lead her Conservative Party into the next general election.

Last Friday, Truss replaced Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng with Jeremy Hunt. Hunt then said that he would reverse almost all tax measures announced three weeks ago by his predecessor. Truss said it was painful to sack her “friends” Kwarteng as finance minister but said she stood by her decision.

Truss said that she still believed in the “high growth, low tax” formular she campaigned on to win the Conservative Party leadership in early September. However, she also recognized the UK was facing “very difficult circumstances at the moment.”

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

The Royal Mint in UK is presenting a new coin series – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing.

Alan Mathison Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, and cryptanalyst born in London. During the Second World War, Turning worked for the Government Code and Cypher School. His codebreaking logic saved estimated millions of live by shortening the war. 

After the war, Turning worked at the National Physical Laboratory, where he designed the Automatic Computing Engine, one of the first designs for a stored-programme computer. In 1948, he joined Max Newman’s Computing Machine Laboratory where he helped develop the Manchester computers. Despite of his various accomplishments, Turing was never fully recognized in UK during his lifetime. It is because much of his work was covered by the Official Secrets Act.

And in 1952, Turning was prosecuted for homosexual acts. He then accepted hormone treatment and died 16 days before his 42ndbirthday from cyanide poisoning. 

In 2009, the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the UK government for “the appalling way Turing was treated”. Queen Elizabeth II granted a posthumous pardon in 2013 which has since led to further pardons to gay men and created what has become known as “Turing’s Law”. In recent years, Turing has become a figurehead for gay rights.

In 2022, The Royal Mint celebrates the man with a remarkable mind with a UK 50p coin available as a gold Proof, silver Proof, silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated edition. 

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A rare Chinese vase kept in the kitchen sold for 1.8 million at auction

A precious Chinese vase dating from Qianlong era (18th century) was sold for nearly USD 1.8 million at Dreweatts Auction.

The seller was a son of a surgeon who stated that his father bought this Chinese Vase in 1980s for just a few hundred pounds. The seller then inherited this vase from his father and kept it in his kitchen. He did not realize its value until it was discovered by an expert.

The Chinese Vise was a porcelain blue artifact in two feet height. It was crafted using innovative heating techniques to gild its blue, gold and silver coloring. It was made during the reign of Qianlong Emperor – the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty.

The result of high sale prices shows the high demand for the finest antique porcelain in the world.

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