Celebrating the Women Who Shaped History: The Suffragettes

The 19th century saw many political changes, but there was always one constant: women were not allowed to vote in national elections.

It took decades and many different campaign groups to raise awareness of the inequality. In fact, it wasn’t until 1918 that women over thirty were granted the right to vote.

But now, over 100 years later, we can reflect on the brave work of the Suffragettes who have shaped the modern world into what is today.

Read on to learn about the importance of the Suffragettes movement and how you can preserve their story for generations to come with this Historic Collection

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Who were the Suffragettes and What Did They Do?

Following the 1867 vote, the London Society for Women’s Suffrage was formed to peacefully protest for the right for women’s votes. In 1897, their group expanded to form the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). This campaign group was led by Millicent Fawcett, the sister of Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson, the first female doctor in the UK.

After little success from both groups, Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvie, formed the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1903. They became known as the Suffragettes, as they used harsher, more direct tactics to raise awareness.

The movement saw great success, granting women over thirty the right to vote as part of the Representation of the People Act in 1918.

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Source: BBC News, 2018

The SELL-OUT Royal Mint Coins

In 2003, The Royal Mint issued a Silver Proof 50p coin to commemorate the centenary of the establishment of the Women’s Social and Political Union.

Even with an edition limit of 15,000, they all swiftly sold-out at The Mint.

Following this success, The Royal Mint issued a new UK 50p in 2018, this time marking 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act, and it was just as popular.

In fact, all of the 2018 Representation of the People Act 50p coin specifications are no longer available at The Mint.

But today, you can secure BOTH coins in a complete Suffragettes collection alongside an extra special historic coin…

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The Historic 1918 Half Crown

Also included in this Suffragettes Historic Collection is a genuine UK 1918 Half Crown. Struck from Sterling Silver, this coin was issued in the year that the Representation of the People Act was passed.

But, considering this coin was also struck in the final year of World War One, they are extremely scarce and rarely appear on the secondary market.

Suffragettes Memorabilia

But this collection doesn’t stop there, as this historic set also houses replicas of Suffragettes memorabilia, truly transporting you back to the time when women made history.

Whether it’s a 1915 Votes for Women newspaper, Suffragettes Membership card, jail letter, a relic of Emily Davidson’s tragic demise at Epsom, or even the flyer of the Buckingham Palace protest – these replicas capture the most poignant moments of the Suffragettes movement.

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Secure yours Suffragettes Collection NOW!

Considering these coins are either no longer available to buy from the Mint or extremely hard to source on the secondary market, this collection was nearly impossible to create.

And with just 41 remaining, this is one you don’t want to miss out on.

Click here to secure your Suffragettes Collection NOW >>


The first UK Star WarsTM coin collection has been released today to celebrate 40 years since the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983. 

The Star Wars franchise is a worldwide phenomenon, and despite being the brainchild of American movie maker, George Lucas, the Star Wars franchise has many links to British Heritage and the United Kingdom.  

The coins have been specially produced in partnership with The Royal Mint, Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm to create something extremely special for Star Wars’ fans and coin collectors alike

The first design features none other than R2-D2TM and C-3POTM, with both characters inside the Millennium Falcon, the famous starship that has played a role in some of the greatest victories of the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic.  

R2-D2TM and C-3POTM are the first to feature on the four-coin collection, with the other coins in the series also including other iconic duos including, Darth VaderTM and Emperor PalpetineTM, Luke SkywalkerTM and Princess LeiaTM, and Han SoloTM and ChewbaccaTM all with stunning designs that capture the true essence of the films.  

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Each coin is available in superior Brilliant Uncirculated Quality, or strictly limited Silver Proof Quality.  

But it is the Silver coin that is especially unique, featuring the addition of vivid colour. This is a process that allows George Lucas’ iconic duos to be faithfully reproduced as accurately as possible.  

What’s more, the silver coin has been limited to just 12,500 worldwide. When you consider the number of coin collectors who will want this 50p coin, alongside the number of Star Wars fans that will too, demand will likely exceed availability.  

Finally, each of the coins in the series also has an intricate detail you may have missed – a lenticular feature. When the coin is tilted, two intricate symbols are revealed for Tatooine and the Rebel Alliance Starbird. Not only does this enhance the design, but it is also a favourite amongst coin collectors.  

Whether you choose the Brilliant Uncirculated coins, or the Silver Proof version, rest assured all coins have been beautifully packaged as the perfect piece of memorabilia.  


By opting into the Westminster Collection Star Wars Priority Lists, you can automatically receive the next coins in the series without the hassle! 

Click here to secure the Silver Proof 50p coins >>  

Or click here for the official BU packs >>

Celebrate 75 years of our NHS with The Royal Mint’s BRAND-NEW 50p coin range!

2023 marks the 75th anniversary of Britain’s National Health Service. And today, we celebrate the pivotal role that the NHS has played in our lives for decades with a brand-new coin range.

But first, let’s take a look back at the service which touches the lives of millions every day…

Britain, 1948

The National Health Service was founded in 1948 and was the first universal health system to be available to all, completely free of charge.

The Minister of Health at the time, Aneurin Bevan, introduced the service to the British people who had previously been unable to afford medical bills and had only ever known insurance-based schemes to cover the cost of healthcare.

But, the NHS offered healthcare to all for not a single penny, and revolutionised medial treatment as the people of Britain knew it…

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Aneurin Bevan (second left) on a visit to Park Hospital, Manchester on the day the NHS was founded in July 1948. Source: The Guardian & Trafford Healthcare NHS/PA

Establishing the NHS

Since 1948, the NHS has grown into an incredible service, from Britain’s first heart transplant in 1958 to Europe’s first liver transplant in 1968.

Renowned for their large-scale vaccination programmes, the NHS protected children from whooping cough, measles and tuberculosis – and in 1999, the meningitis C vaccine was offered nationally as a global first.

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Source: NHS England on Twitter

The NHS has delivered huge advances in health care – not only have they carried out revolutionary liver, heart and lung transplants, but they were also the first health service in the world to begin Covid-19 vaccinations. They continue to strive to pioneer new treatments and technologies, such as bionic eyes and the world’s first rapid whole-genome sequencing service.

And following the shocking impact that Covid-19 had on our National Health Service, now is the perfect time to offer gratitude for decades of selfless, tireless and relentless work.

A Sentimental 50p

Therefore, to not only pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the NHS, but to also offer appreciation for their care, compassion and devotion throughout the years, The Royal Mint have issued a new coin range.

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The 75 Years of the NHS Coin Range

Available in Brilliant Uncirculated Quality, Silver Proof and Gold Proof, your 50p coin features a design that showcases words of appreciation for our NHS workers, both past and present.

So, celebrate the 75th anniversary of our NHS with a stunning brand-new 50p coin! Click here to explore the range >>