The 2014 Wedding Coins Gift Pack makes a memorable wedding gift, continuing the age-old tradition of giving coins. This delightful collection displays all of the definitive coins of the year, from the 1p right up to the £2, struck to sparkling Brilliant Uncirculated quality. Dated with the year 2014 to mark the newlyweds’ special moment in time, the coins are housed in a beautiful display folder which you can personalise with your own special message. The start of a couple’s new life together is a joyous and special occasion, celebrated together with loved ones and friends. Finding a gift to convey your best wishes for a lifetime of happiness for the newlywed couple can be a real challenge. What better way to show you care than by turning to charming traditions, with a gift from The Royal Mint that will mark the wedding day but last a lifetime. For those wishing to continue this custom or simply looking for an original gift for newlyweds, The Royal Mint has the beautiful Wedding Coins Gift Pack. The attractive packaging perfectly presents the eight circulating UK coins from the 1p right up to the £2. When the coins from the 1p to the 50p are placed together, their reverse designs by Matthew Dent form the shield of the Royal Arms. The £1 and £2 complete the set: the £1 featuring Matthew Dent’s full shield of the Royal Arms design, while the £2 coin by Bruce Rushin charts the history of technology. What better way to wish a lifetime of happiness than with this stunning gift from The Royal Mint. This set does not contain any silver.
One of the oldest institutions in the world, the Royal Mint began producing coins for England, and eventually Great Britain, more than 1,100 years ago. The mint also produces and exports coins for other countries, as well as military medals, and other products for the British government. The Royal Mint has been witness to the legendary kings and queens, political upheavals, social and governmental progress, and scientific and technological breakthroughs.
The minting of coins began in England around the end of the second century B.C. Around A.D. 650, coins were made by craftsmen called “moneyers” in London. In 886, during the reign of Alfred the Great, the London Mint was designated to be a single institution, though there were many other mints in operation around this time. In 1279 the London Mint was moved to the Tower of London where it remained for the next 500 years. Famed physicist Sir Isaac Newton was the Warden of the Mint in 1696 and as such was responsible for investigating cases of counterfeiting. Three years later he was made Master of the Mint, until his death in 1727, and was responsible for moving England from the Silver standard to the Gold standard in 1717.
The Royal Mint had outgrown its home in the Tower of London so during the 18th century the rickety wooden shacks the mint occupied were rebuilt to accommodate mechanized and rolling mills and coining presses and provide more space. Soon, however, the mint outgrew this new location and in 1809, the mint moved from the Tower of London to an adjacent site in East Smithfield called Tower Hill. By 1899, the Royal Mint was striking 100 million coins a year.
In 1967 it was announced that mint would move from its location at Tower Hill to Llantrisant, Wales, following Parliament’s decision to decimalize currency and in 1968 the first coins were officially struck by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the new location in Wales. In 1986, the Royal Mint celebrated 11 centuries of continuous minting. In 2009, the Royal Mint was vested into a government-owned company to provide greater operating and commercial freedom.
One unique aspect of the Royal Mint is a procedure known as the Trial of the Pyx, dates back to 1282 and ensures newly-minted coins meet required government standards. The trials have been held once a each year since their inception and have changed very little over time. These trials are presided over by a judge with a jury of expert assayers and were held at the Palace of Westminster before they were moved to the modern-day site at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The ceremony was so named after the boxwood chest in which coins were placed for presentation to the jury.