An Unexpected Visitor

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 by The Royal Mint Museum

An Unexpected Visitor

Peter the Great
The Mint has received many prestigious visitors in its 1100-year history but perhaps one of the most unexpected is the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, whose last visit to the Mint was on 21 April 1698. Peter’s obsession with all things mechanical and scientific is already well documented, so it is hardly surprising that he would take the opportunity presented during his stay in England to visit sites that indulged this interest. One such site was the Royal Mint which at the time was located within the walls of the Tower of London. While the exact details of Peter’s tour still remain something of a mystery, it is clear that the Mint held a certain fascination for the Russian Tsar as he visited no less than four times.  ..



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