What is the Royal Mint ?
You will probably have a vague idea of the function of the Royal Mint. Or, at least, you are well aware of the fact that it is no relation of the mint imperial that you keep within handy reach while you are out driving. Somewhere at the back of your mind is stored the knowledge that the Royal Mint is the place where all the United Kingdom coins are made. But after that, you are probably somewhat in the dark. Were you aware, for example, that not only does the Royal Mint make coins for the UK it makes coins for an average of 60 countries every year? Thought not.
What does the Royal Mint do?
Not only that, it also makes coins and medals to celebrate specific
occasions. For example, if you want a permanent reminder of the
widely-acclaimed London Olympic Games and the Paralympics which
followed, you can purchase the official coins, including one which
marks the hand-over to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for the 2016 Games.
There was a coin to mark the Royal Wedding of Wills and Kate; one to
celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee; a new £5 Gold Sovereign – and
so it goes on. With such items you are not merely collecting a
beautifully crafted coins, you are also taking into ownership a piece
Talking of history, it may surprise you to know that the Royal Mint has been in existence more than 1,100 years, during which time there has, of course, been many technological and scientific advances, so much so that it is now a sophisticated industrial concern.