The Mint and the Second World War
The introduction of rationing by the government suddenly meant that the farthing became an important coin .
A munitions department was established at Pretoria in 1938 and this was expanded after the outbreak of war.
This footage gives an indication of the conditions under which coins were struck at Tower Hill in London throughout the conflict.
The end of the war in 1945 finally presented an opportunity to strike the millions of campaign and service medals for troops who had taken part in action across the globe.
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