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From the clang of hammers along Mint Street to the hum of today’s state-of-the-art factory floor, coin production at The Royal Mint has been through an extraordinary evolution. Progressing from simple hand striking via mechanisation, steam power and electrification to the present day where precision lasers enable astonishing details, each stage has enabled new possibilities, improving quality and elevating artistry. Comprising coins struck at key moments in numismatic history that demonstrate each era of innovation, this fascinating set charts the evolution of Britain’s coinage, and the role we have played in developing new techniques and technologies to create coins of the highest standard.

The Evolution of Coinage

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Specification

Britannia 2022 UK 1oz Silver Bullion Coin

Specification Value
Denomination £2
Alloy 999 Fine Silver
Weight 31.21 g
Diameter 38.61mm
Reverse Designer Philip Nathan
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Bullion
Year 2022
Pure Metal Type Silver

Medieval Long Cross London Mint Penny

Specification Value
Quality Circulating
Year mixed
Pure Metal Type Silver
Condition Fine
Specification Value

George III Shilling

Specification Value
Weight 6.000g
Diameter 25.00mm
Reverse Designer Lewis Pingo
Obverse Designer Lewis Pingo
Quality Circulating
Specification Value
Year 1787
Pure Metal Type Silver
Condition Fine

George III Shilling

Specification Value
Weight 5.680g
Diameter 24.00mm
Reverse Designer William Wellesley Pole & Thomas Wyon
Obverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Quality Circulating
Specification Value
Year 1816-1820
Pure Metal Type Silver
Condition Fine

Victoria Shilling

Specification Value
Weight 5.650g
Diameter 24.00mm
Reverse Designer George De Saulles
Obverse Designer Thomas Brock
Quality Circulating
Specification Value
Year 1893-1901
Pure Metal Type Silver
Condition Very Fine

Twenty Pence

Specification Value
Denomination 20p
Alloy Cupro-Nickel
Weight 5.000g
Diameter 21.40mm
Reverse Designer Christopher Ironside
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Arnold Machin
Quality Proof
Year 1982
Condition Proof
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