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About Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has a history of over one thousand years of minting exceptional coins and precious metals. This historical mint was established in 886 and in 2010 became the Royal Mint Ltd, owned by HM Treasury. Since then, the mint has been deemed the exclusive coinage provider of the United Kingdom, yet it also produces coins and precious metal metals for the government, businesses and military forces of other countries. The mint also produces commemorative items for special occasions. As the supplier for 60 foreign countries, the Royal Mint manages to cover over 15% of the world's coin currency.

The History of the Royal Mint

The Royal Mint’s history was established hundreds of years ago, back in 886. At that time, it was represented by a single institution, the London Mint, ruled by Alfred the Great. There  were also many other mints within the kingdom. In 1279, the mint was established in the Tower of London which remained its headquarters for 500 years. In 1696, Isaac Newton was designated to be the Warden of the Mint responsible for identifying counterfeiters. Eventually, he was appointed as the Master of the Royal Mint until he died in 1727. One of his greatest achievements during the mint’s development was giving the gold standard instead of silver for the pound sterling.

In 1809, the British Mint was moved into its own building, located in East Smithfield and designed by James Johnson and Robert Smirke. The change of location was determined by the lack of space in the Tower of London and by the battle with France. In order to accommodate its constant growth, the mint’s structure has been rebuilt several times to create more space for its machines but the expansion only lasted until 1967. The British sovereign mint was also relocated to Llantrisant because it was seriously damaged during the World War II. In 1975, the UK Mint became a trading fund and in 2009, it was sold, turning into a limited company owned by HM Treasury.

Exceptional Reputation

The Royal Mint’s remarkable history makes it a favorite amongst passionate collectors. It has built its reputation during these years by minting excellent and high-quality coins and bullion. Its collectible coins, like the Chinese Lunar Series and Gold and Silver Britannia coins, are very sought-after by investors and collectors all over the world.

Royal Mint Products

The most popular Royal Mint products are indeed the Gold Britannia Coins and the Silver Britannia Coins. These coins are available in sizes between 1/10 oz. and 1 oz. and are sold individually, in tubes of 20 coins or monster boxes of 500 coins. This famous coin design features a detailed depiction of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the latest portrait belonging to Jody Clark. The reverse of the coin depicts the Greek Goddess Britannia, representing the British Isles. The second most popular coin design is the Lunar Series, produced in both silver and gold editions. The coins feature each one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals, designed by the remarkable printmaker Wuon-Gean Ho. The coins are made of the high-quality purest .999 silver content.

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