The Royal Mint Museum contains some 12,000 medals, dating mainly from the beginning of the 19th century. Particularly impressive is the series of campaign and service medals produced since the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, but commemorative and prize medals are also well represented and there is a good collection of official medals for Coronations and Royal Jubilees. In addition, medals relating to Royal Mint personnel and more generally to the history of the Royal Mint form a strong and important aspect of the collection.

Though British medals predominate, overseas medals are also present and there is a nice group of European art medals of the early 20th century.

Browse highlights of the medal collection below.

 

 

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