British Royal Mint

British Royal Mint

History of the British Royal Mint

With roughly 1,100 years of history, the British Royal Mint traces its legacy with Precious Metals through the trials and tribulations that Britain has endured.

Though the mint has history dating as far back as 886, it was not until the mid-13th century that an organizational framework existed to ensure the mint functioned effectively. It flourished within the Tower of London and became a well-established part of the government with a number of historically significant stewards. In fact, Sir Isaac Newton was Warden of the Mint for a time, before serving as Master of the Royal Mint. In 1809, the mint was moved from the Tower of London into the building in Smithfield, which was designed by James Johnson and Robert Smirke.

It was announced that the mint would move to its current location in Llantrisant, Wales in 1967. Production at the new location began the next year in 1968 and gradually received more and more production assignments over the next seven years. With the last coin being struck in London, a Gold Sovereign, the location was closed in 1975.

Years of history and stringent security make the British Royal Mint a powerful figure in the Precious Metals industry. Its products are enthusiastically sought after by collectors all over the world.

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