Find out more about our collection from the people responsible for its care and interpretation.

Collection Stories

Automatic Balance

Automatic Balance

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

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Collection in Context

Collection in Context

The objects in the Museum each represent a stage in the process of transforming a concept into a coin.

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Counterfeits and Cautionary Tales

Counterfeits and Cautionary Tales

For as long as there have been coins there have been counterfeits.

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Writings on the Wall

Writings on the Wall

In 1912 electrotypes were made of the graffiti in the walls of the Tower of London.

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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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Demise of the Florin

Demise of the Florin

When the old-sized 10p pieces ceased to be legal tender at the end of June 1993, florins of the former £sd coinage were removed from circulation.

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Family History

Family History

The Royal Mint Museum has a number of staff records which make it possible for us to assist members of the public in their search for information about their ancestors.

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Exhibitions

The Royal Mint Swimming Club

The Royal Mint Swimming Club

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.

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London to Llantrisant Exhibition

London to Llantrisant Exhibition

Explore a virtual tour of our temporary exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Royal Mint in Wales.

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Women in the Mint

Women in the Mint

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?

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Coins

Crown

Crown

It was not until the reign of Henry VIII that a gold coin known as a crown was introduced.

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Half-crown

Half-crown

Like the crown, the half-crown was introduced as a gold coin during the reign of Henry VIII.

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Shilling

Shilling

The shilling as a coin was introduced at the beginning of the 16th century.

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Sixpence

Sixpence

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

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Threepence

Threepence

Like the sixpence, the threepenny piece first appeared as a silver coin in 1551.

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Penny

Penny

The penny is the great survivor of the British coinage system.

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Halfpenny and Farthing

Halfpenny and Farthing

Halfpennies and farthings become a regular feature of the currency in the 13th century.

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Fractional Farthings

Fractional Farthings

Copper half-farthings were minted from 1828 to 1856.

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The Value of Small Change

The Value of Small Change

It is important not to overlook even small coins in poor condition as they can also tell a fascinating story.

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Coins of Uruguay

Coins of Uruguay

Coins for Uruguay were first struck at the Royal Mint in 1953, making up an order of almost 250 million pieces.

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Coins of Jordan

Coins of Jordan

The Royal Mint has a long relationship with Jordan stretching back to the first national coinage.

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Coins of Iceland

Coins of Iceland

The origins of Iceland’s relationship with the Royal Mint may be found in the Second World War.

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Maundy Money

Maundy Money

Specially-struck Maundy Money started in 1662 in the reign of Charles II

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Double Portraits on the Coinage

Double Portraits on the Coinage

The first English coins to bear a double portrait were issued during the reign of Mary I.

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The Royal Portrait

The Royal Portrait

Changes in the royal portrait occur but rarely on United Kingdom coins.

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Medals and Seals

Conserving Wax Seals

Conserving Wax Seals

Conservator Clare Rowson shares her experiences of a conservation internship at the Royal Mint Museum.

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The Making of the Great Seal

The Making of the Great Seal

In 2000 James Butler, one of the foremost sculptors of his generation was commissioned to design a new Great Seal. Hear the story in his own words.

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Guest Articles

Remembering  a Man Named Machin

Remembering a Man Named Machin

Article published in Fleur de Coin review in 1999

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