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2011 UK issues
« on: January 29, 2011, 06:58:07 PM »
The Royal Mint Reveals 2011 Commemorative Coin Themes
LONDON, Jan. 27, 2011

The Royal Mint has announced six new commemorative coins for 2011 along with details of the first Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated coin sets. The coming year will see the six commemorative coins added to the eight circulating coins that feature Matthew Dent's shield design.

2011 is a year of several unique and memorable anniversaries and promises to be an exciting one for coin collectors. Significantly, this year the commemorative coins include two 2 pounds Sterling coin designs as well as two 1 pound coins, a 50p coin and a 5 pound crown.

These new commemorative coins celebrate key events in British history and royal life: the first voyage of the Mary Rose, the 400th anniversary of the King James' Bible translation into English, the 50th anniversary of the WWF and Prince Philip's 90th birthday.  The two new 1 pound coins are the last in the 1 pound Cities series and celebrate the capital cities of Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Each of the new commemorative coins can be purchased individually from the Royal Mint. The six coins are also available as part of coin sets presented in a range of formats, each of which include information about the events the coins feature. There will be three sets with all coins struck to Proof quality and two sets struck to Brilliant Uncirculated quality*.

Commenting on the themes for next year Dave Knight, Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint, said: "The Royal Mint is very proud to commemorate these important anniversaries in 2011. I'm especially pleased to reveal the 5 pound crown celebrating HRH Prince Philip's 90th birthday celebration, who is a patron of the Royal Mint." 

The new themes for 2011 are steeped in history as is tradition with the Royal Mint's commemorative coins released each year. 

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* The HRH Prince Philip 5 pound coin is not included in the Brilliant Uncirculated coin sets.

Source: PRNewswire
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Re: 2011 UK issues
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2011, 07:11:12 PM »
Unless I misunderstood or missed something, there was a countdown piece 2009 (3) and 2010 (2), so does the above mean that there will not be a countdown piece 2011 (1) and even 2012 (0)?

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Re: 2011 UK issues
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2011, 07:17:50 PM »
The coins mentioned in that article I actually got last year. ;) And yes, apparently there will be another "Countdown" piece:
http://www.royalmint.com/store/BritishSilver/LUKC3SP.aspx

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Re: 2011 UK issues
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2011, 09:19:52 PM »
But no sign yet of the version that costs only £5 so far like they offered in 2009 and 2010.

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2011, 11:22:52 AM »
So I picked up my 2011 Deluxe Proof Set from my dealer in Australia this week and was digusted to find the one and two pence coins toned and the King James Bible £2 with what looked like brown finger prints on the edge of the reverse. I took it back to return it and being very accommodating my dealer let me pick out another set and after going through all six other sets in the shop we noticed that they were all in a similar state, especially the penny and two pence coins. They're now planning to send the whole shipment back to the mint. This is the first time in a very long time that Proof Issues from the Royal Mint have been so poor. Is it just us in Australia gettingt the short end of the stick or has anyone else noticed similar issues with this years proof sets?
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Re: 2011 UK issues
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2011, 12:10:43 PM »
The Royal Mint has announced six new commemorative coins for 2011

The left hand doesn't know what the right hand in doing, unless the twenty-nine Olympic/Paralympic 50-pences are not commemorative!   This is typical sales-pitch.   When I was on the Railway, the biggest success that we had was putting all I.T. matters under the Production Department, because only Production know what is really going on.

I understand that the 'Olympic Countdown 1 £5' should be available at face price about early December.   Anyone ordering anying else should include some of them, as the postage price is 'per order' not 'per item'.   The 'Countdown 0' should be some time next year.

On the quality issue, my personal view is that the Royal Mint is being pressed too much by their Sales Department.   In the past, such failings were unheard of.   All Royal Mint staff should have their finger-prints taken!

Anyone else have the Proof set that can check and report?

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Re: 2011 UK issues
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2011, 01:56:13 PM »
Now I have finally got my 2011 proof set, there's nothing wrong with it. However, the RM's customer service does suck. My dad ordered my set for me as a Christmas present on 2 December. It arrived (at my parents' house, obviously) in the 20s of January, and I got it last weekend. I might be tempted to be charitable and blame at least some of the delay on the weather in the first half of December, only precisely the same thing happened last year, when the poor weather didn't start until the week before Christmas.

In the Olden Days, you couldn't get next year's coins in advance -- therefore, if you pre-ordered a set as a Christmas present, you knew you wouldn't get it till January. Perhaps if the Mint can't cope with shipping orders before Christmas it should drop the charade of claiming it can, and go back to the old system. That may also allow the staff to pay more attention to quality control.

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Re: 2011 UK issues
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011, 09:15:53 PM »
As far as I can see, we now have all the known 2011 Great Britain base metal coins listed on Numismaster.

If you notice any errors or omissions, please let me know and I'll put it through the system.   There is probably still some tidying up to do (designers, etc.), but I'll be looking at that in the next few days and I'll send them scans if possible.   At least, the basic list seems to be complete.

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Re: 2011 UK issues
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2011, 09:55:46 PM »
I see the Great Britain 5 Pence and 10 Pence for 2011 are listed as Copper-Nickel and not Nickel-plated-Steel.

I also notice no Proofs for the pair of 2011 City 1 Pound coins.

I also consider the headings "BU" and "Unc" as confusing for G.B. coins that are still only available in sets - i.e. the 2011 coins and some 2010 coins.

From what I have been told - I seem to re-call that there is nothing they can easily change for this. Those headings are generally confusing for recent G.B. coins (of the past 25 years or so). If I was not looking at Numismaster then thinking of B.U. coins from Great Britain I would be thinking of the coins in B.U. sets - super pieces from change I would think of as "Unc" and the two often have different values... in fact some pieces do not exist in both "versions". For example - can we be sure 50 Pence 2010 (standard design) will appear in change ? Also a coin from a B.U. set can be distinguished from even the most perfect coin from circulation of that type and date.

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Re: 2011 UK issues
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2011, 10:33:33 PM »
Also a coin from a B.U. set can be distinguished from even the most perfect coin from circulation of that type and date.

Yes, coins that have been taken out of sets are still identifiable as such even after seeing some circulation, by which time they grade EF or so. I have several such, including 1982 10p and 2p, 1983 2p (no, not that one) and 1986 50p. As are proof coins, of course -- I have a 1937 1d that's obviously a proof but equally obviously has seen circulation.

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Re: 2011 UK issues
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2011, 10:39:42 PM »
Thank you Paul, that's exactly what we need.

1)   Does anyone have a Proof and/or BU set for 2011; if so would you please check the 10p and 5p with a magnet.   It is possible that the sets have already been produced in the cupro-nickel.   We can sort out copper-plated-streel if and when they appear.

2)   The KM numbers and basic information were only added today, we will be sorting out the metals and standard of finish later.

3)   I agree with you, BU is a 'grade of production' in Britain.   Perhaps it's what used to be referred to as 'polished dies'.   I don't particularly like the BU finish - it just doesn't look like a real coin to me, almost like plastic!

I will keep all these points in mind and see that the appropriate entries are made.   Now we have the KM numbers set up, it will be easier to get the detail information added.

Any more thoughts would be appreciated.

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2011, 10:45:35 PM »
And FosseWay, exactly.

What do others think about the BU issues?

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Re: 2011 UK issues
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2011, 12:05:03 AM »
Thank you Paul, that's exactly what we need.

1)   Does anyone have a Proof and/or BU set for 2011; if so would you please check the 10p and 5p with a magnet.   It is possible that the sets have already been produced in the cupro-nickel.   We can sort out copper-plated-streel if and when they appear.

I can do better than that;
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2011, 12:35:47 AM »
Thanks Andy, I'll get that on Numismaster, quoting the thread.

The 2011 10p and 5p in Proof and BU sets are copper-plated-steel.   Be interesting to see if any cupro-nickel ones appear, but somehow it seems unlikely.

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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2011, 06:24:24 PM »
The 2011 10p and 5p now show nickel-plated-steel on Numismaster  :D

George and I are trying to get other 2011 items correct, including off-metal strikes.   This should be done in the next few days and there is also a bit of tidying up to do.

Any further items for inclusion or alteration would be welcome.   If anyone here keeps a database of everything from the Royal Mint on a year-by-year basis, a copy would be welcome.   My database does not include off-metal issues (silver, gold, etc).

My advices only include British issues, so it would be useful if we could find someone to check and update the 'Islands' such as IoM, Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and any others.

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