NEWS: Royal Mint trawls agencies

The Royal Mint has earmarked up to pounds 1 million to advertise a pounds 2 commemorative coin for the European Football Championships to be held in the UK this summer.

The Royal Mint has earmarked up to pounds 1 million to advertise a

pounds 2 commemorative coin for the European Football Championships to

be held in the UK this summer.



The Mint has asked the Central Office of Information to handle its

selection of an agency, and officials have already briefed three shops -

Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters, WCRS and Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper.



Some key matches have already sold out for Euro ’96, which promises to

be a major event in Europe, and is the largest sporting fixture to be

staged in Britain since the World Cup in 1966.



Hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors are expected to flood into

England for the matches, which kick off this June, and it is this

influx, as well as the home market, that the Mint hopes to target with

its advertising.



Officials hope to repeat the phenomenal success that the Mint had

selling special coins to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE Day, and

have set an ambitious sales target of 50 million coins.



Agencies, which were briefed earlier in the week, have been asked to

present ideas for posters, and to suggest other strategies, including

press and direct response TV. The budget is still fluid, but agencies

have been asked to recommend suitable levels to meet their proposals.



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