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Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p Coins

Celebrate all things quintessentially British with the 26 new 10p coins released into circulation this March. The Royal Mint’s A to Z Silver Proof Coin Series is set to create a collecting storm, with each stunning design featuring a much loved British icon, from the famed English breakfast to the legendary King Arthur. Which will be your favourite?

 

A - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsA is for Angel of the North, the largest UK sculpture, standing at 20 metres tall and welcoming visitors to Gateshead with outstretched, curving wings that are said to give a sense of embrace.

 

 

B - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p Coins

B is for Bond, James Bond. This coin features the unmistakable gun barrel and 007 logo from the nation’s favourite fictional Secret Service Agent and suave character, first brought to the Silver Screen by Sean Connery in 1962.

 

 

C - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsC could only be Cricket, the Great British sporting pastime and the country’s national sport since the 18th century. We don’t like cricket, we love it!

 

 

D - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsD stands for Double Decker Bus, famously recognised world-wide as an icon for London, with many of the city’s buses still remaining red as a symbol for the capital and as a much loved tourist attraction.

 

 

E - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsE brings us to the first mention of Great British food, the irresistible English breakfast, also known as a fry up and featuring much loved classics such as eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and black pudding.

 

 

F - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsF is for Fish and Chips, another food lover’s favourite and British sea-side classic, with the first fish and chip shop opening in the 1860’s, although to this day there is much debate over whether credit is owed to the North or South of Britain for its origin.

 

 

G - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsG stands for Greenwich Meantime, with the Royal Observatory in Greenwich being famous as the home of the historic Prime Meridian of the World, dividing eastern and western hemispheres of the globe.

 

 

H - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsH is none other than the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, perhaps the most recognisable skyline along the River Thames for the past 300 years and meeting place to examine UK Government, laws, taxes and current issues.

 

 

I - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsI takes us to another classic sea-side treat, the Ice Cream Cone. With a multitude of flavours, toppings and types to choose from, everyone enjoys a scoop or two of ice cream on a British summer’s day.

 

 

J - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsJ is for Jubilee and what better excuse could there be to bring the community together and get out the bunting for a Great British street party than to celebrate our much loved monarchs?

 

 

K - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsK stands for the myth of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, fabled fifth century warriors of the Arthurian legend, believing in the code of chivalry and upholding the values of honour, honesty, valour and loyalty.

 

 

L - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsL is another British myth shrouded in mystery, the legend of the aquatic beast known as the Loch Ness Monster or ‘Nessie’ as commonly referred to in Scottish folklore, still yet to be officially discovered.

 

 

M - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsM stands for the humble Mackintosh, an essential item of clothing needed to battle against the Great British weather. Because when it rains, it pours!

 

 

N - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsN is for the NHS, or National Health Service, a hugely ambitious idea initiated in 1948 to bring good healthcare to all and now renowned as one of the best healthcare provisions in the world.

 

 

O - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsO is the mighty Oak tree, a symbol of strength and endurance and the national tree for England and Wales, arguably the most commonly known native British tree found in deciduous woods.

 

 

P - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsP has to be the Great British Post Box, resplendent in red and an iconic image gracing postcards and tourist souvenir shops across the country.

 

 

Q - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsQ is a world renowned Great British value, forming an orderly Queue and waiting in line with good manners and patience. The people of Britain have queuing etiquette down to a fine art.

 

 

R - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsR stands for our beloved Robin redbreast, the UK’s favourite bird that can be seen year round, but most famously at Christmas time when they make a beautiful picture against the frost and snow.

 

 

S - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsS is the prominent prehistoric British monument, Stonehenge, consisting of a ring of stones from our Neolithic ancestors, forming one of the Wonders of the World and a source of both spiritualism and inspiration.

 

 

T - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsT could be none other than the quintessential British cup of Tea, brewed to perfection. The UK has been one of the greatest consumers of tea since the 18th century, with 165 million cups drank daily according to the UK Tea & Infusions Association.

 

 

U - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsU stands for a classic British symbol, the Union Flag, otherwise known as the Union Jack, which was first introduced in 1606 and flown at the main masthead of all English and Scottish ships.

 

 

V - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsV is for Villages, with Britain being known for its quaint communities and setting an ideal for living in a peaceful rural atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

 

 

W - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsW is the World Wide Web, invented by British computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 to open up the internet so that anyone, anywhere could use it, connecting the world with a single ‘universal space’.

 

 

X - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsX Marks the Spot of course! Throughout history, treasure hunters, great explorers and infamous pirates alike have set out to find hidden bounties buried at secret map locations marked with the letter X.

 

 

Y - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsY stands for the Yeoman Warder or ‘Beefeaters’ that nowadays stand ceremonially on guard at the Tower of London and were originally part of the Yeoman Guard, charged to personally protect the monarchs of Tudor times.

 

Z - Collect the A-Z of Quintessentially British 10p CoinsZ is the final coin in the series and stands for Zebra Crossing, used in the UK and worldwide to give right of way to pedestrians, but perhaps known most famously in the UK for the Abbey Road crossing featured in the iconic Beatles album artwork.

 

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If you’re interested…

You can own all of the A-Z 10ps in Silver Proof quality now.

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