20 Aug 2014
Supporting the centuries-old tradition of giving zodiac coins at the Lunar New Year
Much more than pocket change
The first responsibility of the Royal Mint is to make and distribute the UK’s coins. We estimate that the current number of all coins in circulation in the UK is around 28 billion pieces. And we’re hard at work making next year’s mintage.
In January 2013, the Royal Mint began a programme to recover cupronickel five pence and ten pence coins from circulation.
The Trial of the Pyx is a judicial ceremony dating back to the twelfth century. Discover the history of the Trial of the Pyx with the Royal Mint.
This year's Trial of the Pyx was held on 8 February 2011. The verdict was delivered to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Master of the Mint George Osbourne.
The processes involved in producing a coin can be broken down into three different sections: Heritage, Craftsmanship and Quality.