Our History | The Royal Mint

1,100 Years of Artistry

The Royal Mint has evolved to become a sophisticated industrial concern, which operates today as a government company. The 1,100 years of its existence track the history of Britain through its wars and political upheavals, its social and economic progress, its technological and scientific advances. Its history is, in short, woven into that of Britain itself.

The Royal Mint Museum

The Royal Mint Museum has a collection of British coins of unparalleled importance. It sheds light not just on the coins as issued but also, through a unique collection of trial and experimental pieces, and artwork and equipment, on their design and manufacture.

Visit the Royal Mint Museum website to gain unprecedented access to the collection and information on exhibitions, events and learning.

On the Royal Mint Museum website you will find:

The history of The Royal Mint

Gain a fascinating insight into the history of The Royal Mint, the technological advances that over centuries have made minting to such exacting standards.  Learn about the role of the people at the heart of this great institution; from the artists and engravers, to The Royal Mint officials, to the highly skilled production workers.

The history of British coinage

Explore how coins have become valuable historical artefacts that can illuminate the economics and technology, the art and politics, the religion and ceremonies of a nation.

Education and learning resources for adults, young people and teachers

Engage with the Royal Mint Museum and its collection in new ways through learning resources designed for adults, young people and for the classroom. Discover how coins are made and keep up to date with resources for our latest themes. 

The collection today

The Royal Mint Museum represents one of the finest collections of coins, medals, artwork and minting equipment in the world.  The Museum website allows you to explore collection highlights, view recent acquisitions and engage with our photographic and film collection, library and archive.

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