Una and the lion five-pound piece

Una and the lion five-pound piece

The gold five-pound piece of 1839, though not as spectacularly rare as the Edward VIII pattern coins, is arguably one of the most beautiful coins in the world.

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Sir Joseph Banks Medal

Sir Joseph Banks Medal

The fine portrait medal illustrated here by William Wyon is of Sir Joseph Banks, the famous naturalist and President of the Royal Society.

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China Medal

China Medal

The original design for the China Medal of the early 1840s, by William Wyon, depicted a crowned British Lion standing over a defeated Chinese Dragon.

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Wax model of Britannia

Wax model of Britannia

The designers of coins and medals work in many different ways. Some carve directly into plaster, some model in clay or wax.

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Una and the Lion impression

Una and the Lion impression

As well as the finished struck coin or medal, the museum collection contains pieces that reveal how particular designs evolved.

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Great Exhibition plaster model

Great Exhibition plaster model

One of the oldest plaster models in the Royal Mint Museum dates back to the mid-19th century and is as spectacular as the medal to which it relates.

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William Wyon

William Wyon

Wyon's enduring reputation rests largely on his coin and medal portraits of Queen Victoria.

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Janvier Reducing Machine

Janvier Reducing Machine

In the Museum we have several reducing machines which were once integral to the process of minting.

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Curator's Cabinet

Curator's Cabinet

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The Royal Mint Story

The Royal Mint Story

The history of the Royal Mint is woven into that of Britain itself.

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