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  • The Royal Mint has officially launched its support for The Queen’s Green Canopy – planting a tree at its South Wales site in celebration of Her Majesty’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee
  • During a special event to mark the occasion, The Royal Mint Chief Executive Anne Jessopp was joined by The Queen’s Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan Peter Vaughan to plant a rowan tree in Llantrisant.
  • Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant received a private tour from the Royal Mint Museum Director, Dr Kevin Clancy, following how the story of Queen Elizabeth II has been told on coins for almost 70 years.
  • The event heralds the start of The Royal Mint’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations which is set to include one of the largest coin collections stretching 1,100 years, and the first UK 50p to celebrate a royal event.  
  • As part of a wider initiative to create greener spaces for its employees, The Royal Mint CEO also shared the news that a further 1,000 trees would be gifted to staff in the new year.  

Speaking at the event, The Royal Mint’s Chief Executive Anne Jessopp said:

“The Platinum Jubilee is a historic celebration of a remarkable reign and one that has been commemorated on coins for almost 70 years. With our proud heritage of striking coins for her Majesty, it is a privilege to plant a tree for the jubilee at our home in Llantrisant. It is a special honour to be joined by the Lord Lieutenant to mark the Queen’s legacy, benefitting the environment, and encouraging our employees to come together for a worthy cause.”

She added: “To mark this wonderful occasion, I am delighted to announce that we will be extending our support for The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative in the new year and gifting saplings to all our employees.”

The Royal Mint has struck five effigies of the Queen on circulating coin and commemorated royal milestones, such as the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilee, on crown pieces which feature in the collection at the Royal Mint Museum.   

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant viewed a range of circulating and commemorative coins during his tour, before meeting The Royal Mint Gardening Club, made up of volunteers who will take care of the tree.

Mr Vaughan thanked The Royal Mint for supporting the sustainable tree planting initiative and playing its part in the Jubilee celebrations for Britain’s longest serving monarch.

Peter Vaughan QPM, CStJ, HM Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan said: “The Queen’s Green Canopy is a fantastic legacy initiative to honour of The Queen that will improve our environment for generations to come. It has been a pleasure to visit The Royal Mint today and I thank everyone involved for their commitment to creating a greener community for employees, as well as their authentic role as the makers of coins bearing Her Majesty’s portrait for almost 70 years.”   


About The Royal Mint

With a history spanning more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint is Britain’s oldest companies and the original maker of UK coins.  Today The Royal Mint is a premium British maker, providing carefully crafted coins and precious metal products for the UK and overseas.  Based in Llantrisant, South Wales it has three main focuses as a business: Currency, Consumer (collectable and rare, historic coins) and precious metals investment.

Collecting with The Royal Mint:

Every coin tells a story, from a rare gold Sovereign to a Peter Rabbit™ 50p coin. The Royal Mint aims to inspire collectors young and old, and nurture a love of collecting through unique designs and popular themes. As the maker of UK coinage, we have unparalleled knowledge about coins, from the historic coins of our past, through to the collectable commemorative coins of today.  Sourcing and authenticating pre decimal coins is a natural fit for The Royal Mint as we struck each one.

Investing with The Royal Mint:

As a world authority on precious metals, The Royal Mint has traded and made products in gold and silver for centuries. Since launching its designated precious metals investment arm six years ago, The Royal Mint has grown rapidly to become the home of gold in the UK – increasing its market share and becoming the largest producer of bullion coins in Britain. As well as offering physical precious metal investment options in the form of bars and coins, The Royal Mint also offers a range of digital investment options including DigiGold, Little Treasures, designed for children, and Gold for Pensions

Celebrating with The Royal Mint:

For over a thousand years The Royal Mint has marked the moments that changed the world on coins - from coronations to conflict, from commemorations to celebrations. The designs are captured on commemorative coins, minted in a range of metals.  Commemorative coins do not always enter circulation but give collectors the chance to purchase coins to keep and cherish.  Recent themes have included David Bowie, Winnie the Pooh, Decimalisation and Team GB. Each commemorative coin is carefully struck up to three times in order to create a superbly detailed finish, and ensuring each one meets the standards The Royal Mint is famous for. 

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales in 2016. The award-winning attraction welcomes around 200,000 visitors a year and is the place to explore the 1,100-year history of coins.


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