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British History

British History

Trusted by Monarchs and Governments
for 1,100 Years

A coin is much more than its face value. It is a year-dated piece of history that can reveal stories about the past. For more than a thousand years, we have struck the coins of British monarchs, beginning with Alfred the Great in the ninth century.

We have also developed the most visually secure bullion coin in the world, celebrated anniversaries, achievements and people with commemorative coins, and produced coins for countries across the globe. Find out where it all began and read about the key moments in our compelling story.

Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great

A military leader and nation builder, Alfred the Great, our founder, was one of the most influential monarchs in British history.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

The Royal Mint was based within the Tower of London for more than 500 years.

Alfred the Great

British Monarchs

The Royal Mint has struck the coins of every British king and queen since Alfred the Great.

 

c. 880-1400

Learn about the beginnings of The Royal Mint, from the first coins struck during the reign of Alfred the Great to the birth of gold coinage.

1400-1800

Discover the origins of our flagship coin, as well as a great scientist who served as Master of the Mint.

c.1800-1900

Learn about our role in making medals for major conflicts, as well as the opening of branch mints overseas following global and industrial expansion.

1900-2000

Discover the birth of the RMAC (The Royal Mint Advisory Committee), our move from our traditional home in London, and a landmark event in the history of UK coinage that prompted the change.

2000-Present Day

From making medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to opening The Royal Mint Experience, find out how we’re continuing to put an original twist on everything we do.

 
 

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