A munitions department was established at Pretoria in 1938 and this was expanded after the outbreak of the conflict with Germany. The number of staff employed were doubled and the .303 ammunition factory was put on double shifts. By 1941, coinage work accounted for a fraction of total output and the decision was taken to drop the link with the Royal Mint in London and the newly independent South African Mint was opened by the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom and the Union Minister of Finance on 30th June 1941.

 

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