The Royal Mint Museum has one of the finest collections of coins, medals, artwork and minting equipment in the world. A living and working collection, it reflects the changing practical needs of the Royal Mint and is widely respected for the knowledge of its staff and the quality of its research.
The Museum collection was established in 1816 by the Master of the Royal Mint, William Wellesley Pole. One of his main objectives was to provide Royal Mint engravers with an inspirational source of material to which they could refer when preparing new coin designs, and this remains an important function for the collection.
From the origins of the Royal Mint to the biggest Royal scandal of the 20th Century, join historian and television presenter Dan Snow as he talks to our Information and Research Manager, Chris Barker about some of the highlights of our collection.
In collaboration with Townsweb Archiving, our Collections team have been working on an exciting project to help more people than ever gain access to our archives. PastView is an online publishing platform which allows us to showcase our digital collections and the first entries on our new PastView webpages are the Waterloo Medal Roll, the Royal Mint Annual Reports (1870-1976) and the Royal Mint Museum Annual Reports (2011-2020).
The Museum collection contains over 80,000 coins which span from ancient times to the modern day.
The Royal Mint Museum contains some 12,000 medals, dating mainly from the beginning of the 19th century.
Over the past 100 years the Museum has accumulated a large collection of material relating to seals.
This section of the collection comprises artists’ drawings and plaster models for coins and medals.
The most distinctive element of the Museum is the collection of some 30,000 master tools and dies.
The Royal Mint Museum is fortunate to possess coining and blanking presses from 100 or so years ago.
From the start of coinage, accuracy of weight and composition has been vital for its integrity.
The Museum is home to a spectacular series of gold and silver trial plates dating from 1477.
The Museum cares for a rich variety of objects related in some way to the long history of the Royal Mint.
Not unnaturally, perhaps, film-makers have always been keen to record footage of the Royal Mint in operation.
The Royal Mint Museum contains a valuable numismatic library of some 15,000 volumes.
Soon after the establishment of the Royal Mint Museum in 1816 the collection was enhanced by a substantial gift of coins and medals from the estate of Sarah Sophia Banks.
The Royal Mint Museum has an outstanding collection of material relating to Jubilee celebrations.
The Royal Mint Museum has an outstanding collection of material relating to decimalisation.