The Royal Mint has revealed precious metal variants of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Proof Coins following the successful launch of the Brilliant Uncirculated coin set earlier this year.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will see thousands of athletes competing in 17 sports from hockey to lawn bowls across 11 days in the city of Glasgow.
Designers Alex Loudon and Dan Flashman took two of the most iconic sports – athletics and cycling – and added the Saltire of Scotland and lettering inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create a dynamic design for the 2014 50p piece.
Each coin commemorating the landmark occasion will be beautifully presented and struck to an exceptional standard in Gold Proof, Silver Proof and Silver Proof Piedfort in limited mintages, accompanied by a booklet which explores the history of the Commonwealth Games, the story of Glasgow 2014 and the inspiration behind the vibrant design.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Proof Coins are available from The Royal Mint’s website.
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Precious Metal coin specifications
About The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has a history dating back over 1,000 years. By the late thirteenth century the organization was based in the Tower of London, and remained there for over 500 years. By 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK.
On 1 January 2010 the assets of The Royal Mint Trading Fund were vested into a government company, called The Royal Mint Limited. HM Treasury remains 100% owner of the shares of the company. All assets of an historical nature have been vested into a separate company, The Royal Mint Museum, to preserve, protect and enhance them for future generations to come. With the exception of the assets separated into the Museum, all other assets and liabilities, including those of a contingent nature, were transferred into the new company effective 1 January 2010.
In 2011 The Royal Mint’s site was chosen to host the Prime Minister David Cameron’s first government cabinet meeting in Wales, UK.
In 2012, The Royal Mint introduced a new fineness of Britannia bullion coins, building on the bullion Sovereign’s long-standing reputation for integrity and accuracy, and positioning The Royal Mint and its bullion products as a premium proposition in this marketplace. The Royal Mint also launched a highly-secure on-site bullion Vault storage facility in December 2012.
The Royal Mint has been making military campaign medals since it was commissioned to make medals for soldiers who fought in the battle of Waterloo in 1815. The year 2012 was of particular significance for The Royal Mint’s medal-making team, with the manufacture of all 4,700 Victory Medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.