Library and Archive
The Royal Mint Museum contains a valuable numismatic library of some 15,000 volumes. This includes archival material acquired in large part from departments of the old Royal Mint at Tower Hill, such as the Engraving Department, the Die Office and the Pyx Office. For the most part this material dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and in its day-by-day character is a useful adjunct to the official files in The National Archives and to the published Annual Reports of the Royal Mint.
Browse highlights of the library and archive below.
Useful lists of names of Mint employees exist from the 16th century onwards.
The names of all those who were awarded the campaign medal for taking part in the Battle of Waterloo were recorded in the Waterloo Medal Roll.
During the Second World War an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) unit was established at the Royal Mint.
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The Royal Mint Swimming Club, had its first committee meeting 120 years ago on 4 August 1897, when the Mint was still located at Tower Hill in London.
How did women begin working in coin production? What jobs did they do? And how has the role of women in the Mint changed over time?