Published on July 16th, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb
Royal Mint Celebrating The NHS
In March, the Royal Mint announced that they would be celebrating what makes Britain with the release of an A-Z series of 10p coins. ‘Coined’ the A-Z 10p Coin Hunt, it inspired people across the UK to check their change to see if they had one of the coveted coins.
24 coins were created, with one for each letter of the alphabet and each letter representing something important in Britain. From the Loch Ness to the Angel of the North, some of the best of Britain was on show in our change!
It has been announced recently that the Royal Mint will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS with their special 10p coins. The letter N was reserved for the NHS, the National Health Service that has been a crucial part of many British people’s lives for decades now.
As our article celebrating the birthday of the NHS showed, it has become part of the fabric of Britain and is often associated more strongly with Britain than the army or even the monarchy by British people!
Excited to be one of just 10 NHS Trusts in the country chosen to take part in the Great British Coin Hunt with @RoyalMintUK ???? (though not as excited as our head of midwifery & coin collector Lindsey!) Will you find one in your change at YDH? @MatronBurns @NHSEnglandSW #coinhunt pic.twitter.com/v5YhwlhNEg
— Yeovil Hospital (@YeovilHospital) 13 July 2018
Royal Mint Partners With NHS Hospital Trusts
The special 10p coins are slowly being released throughout the UK and often in places that are important to the specified topic. As such, it only makes sense that the Royal Mint celebrates the NHS’ anniversary by releasing a limited number of the special NHS design in hospital shops.
Beginning on Monday 9 July, people could potentially find the unique NHS coins in their change from special hospital shops. All that people needed to do to try and get their hands on one of these 10p coins was to make a cash purchase in selected shops across the UK.
The coins are proving to be popular amongst coin collectors, with Royal Mint also releasing the Great British Coin Hunt app. This app allows collectors to create a digital collection of the coins they have found by scanning the coin with their camera. This will place it into a digital folder and can even unlock exclusive content!
There is also a heat-map that shows were the coins are being found across the country, allowing users to see where they may need to go to try and find the coins they are missing. The collection has been slowly entered into circulation throughout the months from selected Post Offices.
Alternatively, collectors can purchase silver proof and uncirculated versions on The Royal Mint website.
Chair of our Board, Beryl, has got her hands on one of the special NHS ‘N’ 10p coins thanks to buying her breakfast in our Spitfire Cafe! Have you got you own coin yet? @qvh has been specially chosen by @RoyalMintUK to take part in its #coinhunt @fowey2009 pic.twitter.com/Nqt9JdTSR7
— Queen Victoria Hospital (@qvh) 14 July 2018