Friday, 12 February 2016

Where – and how – they coin it

THE ROYAL MINT’S visitor centre in South #Wales – opening to the public in May – will offer unprecedented access to the processes involved in producing the coins in our pockets.

Visitors will be able to meet mint’s experts, and there will be the opportunity for people to strike their own coins as a memento of the visit. The guided Factory Experience will enable visitors to gain first-hand knowledge of the manufacturing journey and a series of static and interactive experiences will bring the 1,000 year-old organization’s heritage to life.

 The interactive exhibition comprises six zones:

Zone 1: The Royal Mint and the community – visitors will be taken back 1,000 years to explore the origins of The Royal Mint, its link with the Tower of London, and its move to Wales.

Zone 2: The Royal Mint and the world – find out about the coins and medals The Royal Mint has produced for more than 100 countries worldwide.

Zone 3: Making money – learn about the detailed processes, design, and skill involved in producing a coin.

Zone 4: The other side of The Royal Mint – see military, sporting, and commemorative medals the mint has produced.

Zone 5: The meaning of coins – uncover the different roles that coins play in our everyday lives as symbols of luck and good fortune.

Zone 6: Coins and collecting – coin collecting as a hobby.  

Anne Jessopp, The mint’s director of Commemorative Coin, said: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to a unique behind-the-scenes experience, showcasing more than 1,000 years of coin-making history, and the craftsmanship and innovation for which The Royal Mint is known worldwide.’

The Royal Mint is in Llantrisant, Mid Glamorgan, and tickets are available to pre-book from April 4 from

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