The Royal Mint Launches a Gold Bar for the Islamic Community depicting the Kaaba
- The Royal Mint has released an exclusively designed Kaaba 20g gold bullion bar.
- Created in consultation with Muslim Council Wales and designed by Emma Noble, it represents Kaaba, the holiest site for millions of Muslims.
- The Royal Mint has gifted three Kaaba bars to Islamic Relief to mark the launch and aid the charity’s fundraising efforts towards those directly impacted by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria.
The Royal Mint, renowned as the home of precious metals, has today released a gold minted bullion bar for the Islamic community depicting the Kaaba, the holiest site for millions of Muslims.
Created in consultation with the Muslim Council of Wales, and exclusively designed by Emma Noble, the 20g minted Kaaba gold bar is released ahead of one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan and provides Muslims with the opportunity to give the gift of gold during Eid al-Fitr.
To mark the launch of the Kaaba gold bar, in February the Royal Mint attended three events held by Islamic Relief – in London, Manchester and Glasgow – to raise funds to support those directly impacted by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, donating a Kaaba gold bar at each event for auction. The auctions raised more than £9,000 in additional donations for the relief fund.
Andrew Dickey, Director of Precious Metals at the Royal Mint, said: “We are delighted that for the first time, the distinctive cube structure of the Kaaba is being represented on a 20g gold bullion minted bar by The Royal Mint. Drawing on more than 1,100 years of minting expertise, we have applied our expert craftsmanship to create a beautiful representation of the Kaaba, the holiest place on earth for many Muslims. This Kaaba gold bar, contained within beautiful Islamic-themed protective packaging, makes a special gift, allowing our customers to give the precious gift of gold during Eid al-Fitr, or as a secure investment with its 999.9g of fine gold containment.
“Ramadan is a time of giving, so we’re proud to have supported Islamic Relief, a leading Muslim charity, through the donation of Kaaba gold bars at three UK events, raising upwards of £9,000.”
Abdul-Azim Ahmed from The Muslim Council of Wales, who collaborated with The Royal Mint on the product launch, said: “It’s been wonderful to work with The Royal Mint to introduce this special gold bullion bar depicting the Kaaba. Covered by the kiswah, a black cloth with gold decoration, the building’s outline is unmistakable, and it has now been minted in gold, the precious metal prized for millennia.
“The design will undoubtedly be popular with the Muslim community and exemplifies the craftsmanship of the Royal Mint. It’s been a fascinating process and I hope people across the world will enjoy this bar.
"The Royal Mint is one of Britain's oldest institutions, and this historic gold bullion depicting the Kaaba is an acknowledgement and celebration of Britain's growing and longstanding Muslim community. The design will be immediately recognisable by Muslims globally, and it was an honour for the Muslim Council of Wales to collaborate with the Royal Mint in creating the design.”
Speaking about The Royal Mint supporting its fundraising, Tufail Hussain, Director at Islamic Relief, said: “We’re honoured to be partnered with the historic Royal Mint and so pleased to be able to hold these events across the country. These Kaaba gold bars, donated by The Royal Mint will help us to raise significant funds for the Türkiye and Syria appeal.”
The 20g minted gold bar depicting the Kaaba is now on sale at www.royalmint.com/eid All bullion product transactions at The Royal Mint are sharia compliant.
Islamic Relief is a leading Muslim charity, providing disaster and emergency response to save lives. They also work with working local communities to promote sustainable economic and social development.
Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide, marking the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.
Located near the centre of the Great Mosque in Mecca, the Kaaba is the direction of worship for Muslims all over the world, for whom it is the holiest place on Earth.