The Captains and the Kings depart…

This morning I stood in a queue with a lot of old people and a medic with a cough stabbed me in the arm with a flu vaccination before saying: “Really, I’m too ill to be in work today.”

Just what you want to hear at this time of year.

That, of course, wasn’t the worst thing that happened today. England threw the Rugby World Cup away.

Work was work. Good in places.

When I got home from work there was an ambulance parked outside the house almost opposite. The man who lives there is younger than me and is on his last lap with prostate cancer, so even losing the rugby recedes into perspective.

The coins are from a set made in 2006 using the Britannia silver bullion coin as a base and adding gold highlights.

It is made from .958 silver (known as Britannia silver) rather than the more normal .925 Sterling silver. This standard was used in Georgian times for silver items to stop silversmiths melting down coins as their raw material, coins being .925 silver (as they remained until 1919)

Britannias are pleasant enough but have no real history as they are yet another invention of the marketing department at the Royal Mint.


20 thoughts on “The Captains and the Kings depart…

      1. quercuscommunity

        It’s tempting to make a number assumptions – leading inexorably to the fact that 20% of NHS staff are imported from other planets to ease the terran labour shortage…

        Ah! Julia says that isn’t a tenable conclusion and shows more about the inside of my head than it does about the NHS.

        I will let my readers decide. 🙂

  1. Lavinia Ross

    I am sorry to hear about your neighbor, Quercus. I also hope you don’t get sick after being at the clinic with an ill medic. It is a bad time of year for that.

    The coins are pretty, especially your feature photo.

  2. tootlepedal

    I like the look of those coins even if they are just marketing inventions. To be fair to the England team, I don’t think that they threw it away, it was fairly firmly taken out of their hands.


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