This resource has been designed to allow pupils to explore the world of coins - their history, design and manufacture - through creative activities tailored to the National Curriculum for England and Wales.
Covering Maths, Literacy, Science, Art and Design, Design and Technology and Geography, each of the 6 workshops come complete with teachers’ notes, lesson plans, fact files and worksheets.
Learn about coin inscriptions and use them as a starting point for creative writing.
Investigate coins through mathematics. Size, shape and weight are three significant elements of coin design, and it is very important to get them right so that coins are easy for people to use.
Explore properties of the metals used to make coins.
Investigate different countries across the world through their coins.
Art & Design
Explore expressions of identity and place through coin design.
Design & Technology
Research, design and model a commemorative coin using a real Royal Mint design brief.
The Tower’s Mint
The Tower’s Mint is a permanent exhibition at the Tower of London, exploring the story of the Mint during the years it was based at the Tower, between c1279 and 1812.
Featuring unique objects from the Royal Mint Museum’s collection, the exhibition tells the story of some of the most famous monarchs who reigned over the Mint, and how their coins reflected the power struggles and politics of their time.
Learning resources to accompany the exhibition are available for ages 7-11 and can be used in conjunction with a visit to the Tower of London or without.
They can be downloaded from the Tower of London’s learning page.