Have The Royal Mint Committed Treason?
[ image reblogged from truepublica.org ]
Ian Lambert of The Great British Coin Hunt has an on-going issue with The Royal Mint regarding their 2018 A-Z 10p’s. So strong are his feelings on this subject he is now taking legal action against them. It was after visiting The Royal Mint Experience last year with friends that Mr Lambert began his crusade.
‘I simply couldn’t believe what I saw when I was there last October. Bag after bag after bag of A-Z coins being emptied into their tills. While everyone else in the country is struggling to find any at all’ he explained.
After asking to speak to the manager at The Royal Mint Experience, Mr Lambert was told that they ‘got their coins from the bank just like everyone else’. Straight away he was dissatisfied with this explanation. ‘If you or anyone else go into a bank and ask for a bag of ten pences you will be hard pushed to find a single A-Z coin. They are almost as rare as a Kew Gardens 50p. It is very clear to me that The Royal Mint had something in place just for them’.
Since that time, Ian Lambert has tried on several occasions to get answers from The Royal Mint. However, no-one would give him any additional information and they often promised to call back but never did. Mr Lambert has kept details of all correspondence and this is now in the hands of his solicitor.
To further strengthen Mr Lambert’s case, The Royal Mint Experience put out a statement yesterday saying they would no longer be giving out A-Z ten pences in change. Their reason for this U-turn is that some visitors were taking advantage of the situation and purposely buying low cost items in order to obtain A-Z coins. However, Ian Lambert is not convinced, ‘They know that I have begun making the public aware of what they were up to. It isn’t right that The Royal Mint should have their own personal supply of these rare coins when hardly anyone else can find any. In business, it is called ‘preferential treatment’ I believe’.
Mr Lambert has also pointed out that in the official statement issued by The Royal Mint they hint at having purchased extra coins. The part he refers to reads -
‘With regard to the A-Z coins at the RME tills: Like all other retailers, the tills in The Royal Mint Experience are supplied by the banks. The Royal Mint supplements this with a small selection of circulating promotional coins such as the “Great British Coin Hunt” 10 pence pieces.’
Precisely how this should be interpreted is open to debate. ‘Supplements’ does suggest coins were added and ‘a small selection’ is rather vague in itself – especially if you (and several others) have seen thousands of A-Z coins being emptied into tills.
Ian Lambert is now claiming that The Royal Mint’s handling/distribution of A-Z 10p’s should qualify as treason. Whilst some might scoff at this, his views do give serious food for thought…
If you Google the word ‘treason’ then you will get - ‘the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government.’ Whilst there are no accusations of attempted murder flying around, there is the part alluding to ‘the sovereign or government’….. On Wikipedia, treason is described as ‘In law, treason is criminal disloyalty, typically to the state’. While the definition of treason in the Cambridge English Dictionary is,’(the crime of) showing no loyalty to your country, especially by helping its enemies or trying to defeat its government’.
So could the minting of additional coins (not requested by the treasury) really sit below the heading of ‘treason’? Well, surplus coinage would certainly devalue the money that is already in our system. And this in turn could be viewed as undermining the government and economy…. which is certainly heading in the general direction of treason.
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