The Mayflower and Seven Facts You May Not Know

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On 16th September 1620, a merchant ship called the Mayflower sailed from England to Plymouth, USA to the ‘New World’. On board the ship were 102 men, women and children; half of which were Pilgrims’ looking for a new life away from religious persecution. After a treacherous journey through storms and high waves, the mayflower finally reached its journeys end after 66 gruelling days.

We’re looking at the history of the vessel, as well as five facts you may not know…

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Una and the Lion – The World’s Most Beautiful Coin?

Storytelling through coins, is one of the most significant ways historical events are recalled, for the simple reason that currency is a constant that has always been around in one form or another. It has adapted, changed and transformed, but it is always there telling a story of history…

There’s one coin in particular though that holds more meaning and beauty than any other, blending fact and fiction to produce what can only be described by many as the world’s most beautiful coin. Una and the Lion.

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Remembrance Day: Remembering the Unknown Warrior

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Lest we forget…

Remembrance Day is an annual day of reflection and remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, to ensure the freedom of future generations. In addition to the yearly Armistice tributes, 2020 marks a very significant and special anniversary – 100 years since the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior.

In 1920, following the First World War ending in 1918, the decision was made to honor all those who had lost their lives on the frontline and sacrificed everything during the war. These soldiers never returned home. An unidentified British soldier from the battlefields in France was randomly selected and buried with due ceremony in Westminster Abbey, to represent all those from across the Empire who fell in battle and had no proper burial.

The coffin plate of the Unknown Warrior bears the inscription: ‘A British Warrior who fell in the Great War 1914-1918 for King and Country’. The coffin was then covered with the very flag used by David Railton as an altar cloth during the war. This flag is commonly referred to as the ‘Ypres/Padre’s Flag’, and lay draped over the coffin all the way to the Westminster, where it remained for more than 30 years before being moved to St George’s Chapel.

As we mark the 100th anniversary of this solemn centenary and Remembrance Day, we are commemorating and honoring these unnamed soldiers with our new 2020 Unknown Warrior 100th Anniversary Gold Sovereign range. You can view the range HERE.

And now, on this Remembrance Day, we remember and reflect on all those who have fallen…

The 2020 Unknown Warrior 100th Anniversary Gold Sovereign Range

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This year, we mark a very solemn centenary; on the 11th of November it will be the 100th anniversary of the laying to rest of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.

The nature and scale of the First World War was unlike anything that had been seen before. Large numbers of soldiers fell in the service of their country and have no known grave. To honour these men, and to ensure their sacrifice would be forever remembered, an unidentified British soldier from the battlefields in France was buried in Westminster Abbey, to represent all those who fell in battle and had no proper burial.

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The Trial of the Pyx – What is it, and why does it exist?

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The Trial of the Pyx is one of Britain’s longest-established judicial ceremonies; held since the 12th century and remaining largely unchanged since that date and Henry III’s reign.

The word ‘pyx’ comes from the Latin word ‘pyxis’ or small box, and in this case refers to the chests used to store and transport the coins ready for the trial. Throughout the year, coins are randomly selected from every batch and denomination struck, sealed in bags of 50 and locked away in ‘Pyx’ boxes ready for testing to commence at the Trial of Pyx.

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The 2020 Pre-Decimal 50th Anniversary Gold Sovereign Range

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In 1970, the last ever pre-decimal coins were struck. Pre-Decimal coinage is however very much still heard and seen today, despite there being many younger generations who have only ever known ‘Decimal’ currency of pounds and pence, missing out on centuries of history and tradition.

Decimalisation, or Decimal Day as it is most known, occurred in 1971 after the pre-decimal system was deemed too complicated with pounds, shillings and pence. Initially, the plan was to make the new decimal currency into cents and dollars (known more in the USA), but this was reconsidered, and pounds and pence were the chosen coinage.

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