From the start of coinage, accuracy of weight and composition has been vital for its integrity and the confidence of the public. In the Royal Mint Museum this aspect of coinage is represented by standard weights from the 16th century onwards.

Browse highlights of the weights collection below.

 

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Isaac Newton, Warden and Master of the Royal Mint 1696-1727

Isaac Newton, Warden and Master of the Royal Mint 1696-1727

Newton took an active interest in mint affairs.

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Sixpence

Sixpence

The sixpence was introduced in 1551 during the reign of Edward VI.

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Automatic Balance

Automatic Balance

The automatic balance clearly highlights and represents The Royal Mint’s concern for accuracy and precision.

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William Wellesley Pole, Master of the Royal Mint 1814-1823

William Wellesley Pole, Master of the Royal Mint 1814-1823

Pole was a man of energy, ability and influence.

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