04 November 2019
Today (4 November) The London Mint Office released 120,000 original silver George V threepence coins to the public for free, in an effort to keep hobbies alive in households across Britain.
Sir Tony Robinson has backed the launch of a new nationwide initiative to get Britain’s older and younger generations spending quality time together. Working with The London Mint Office, Sir Tony is sharing George V silver threepence coins with the British public, to encourage them to try a new hobby and share it with a family member.
A recent survey by London Mint Office found that just 40 per cent of adults across the UK shared a hobby with their younger family members – yet despite this, 94 per cent of respondents across the UK thought sharing hobbies gave them the opportunity to develop a closer bond with younger family members.
The story of the silver threepence
The silver threepence is one of Britain's longest serving and most enduring coins, having been a staple of British life for nearly 500 years. It was introduced during the reign of Edward VI in 1551 and was used throughout British society from the late Tudor era to the end of the First World War.
Sir Tony Robinson said: “Different generations often don’t have much in common, so it can be really important for families to share a hobby in order to have quality time together. What I find so exciting about a coin is that it’s a piece of history you can hold in your hand. You can feel its weight, study its marks and appreciate the stories behind it. A coin can quite literally connect you to another era and another time.
“There’s something beautiful about owning a tangible item that connects us to the wider world, especially in an age where we spend so much time connecting online. I love the thought that owning an original George V Silver threepence might inspire people of all ages to start a coin collection or dig deeper into Britain’s rich history.”
How to get your free George V silver threepence
To collect your free George V silver threepence coin and own your very own piece of British history, visit the London Mint Office website, or call free on 08081 33 33 44.
Report and images courtesy London Mint Office