Video: Treasures of the Royal Mint Museum


15 March 2023
The Coin Collector team recently hosted a special webinar showcasing some of the many numismatic gems held at The Royal Mint Museum. Presented by Chris Barker, Information and Research Manager at the Royal Mint Museum, the webinar highlighted some of the remarkable and rare items held in the collection.

About the speaker

Chris Barker, Information and Research Manager at The Royal Mint Museum

Chris read History at the University of York where he also completed an MA in Cultural Heritage Management in 2011. The following year he began working as Assistant Curator at the Royal Mint Museum.

Content continues after advertisements

He regularly gives talks on the history of the Royal Mint and has spoken on topics as varied as the Royal Mint during the First World War through to the introduction of the £1 coin. He is currently researching the role of the Sovereign in post-war Europe, which he hopes to publish sometime in the coming year.

One of his favourite objects in the Museum’s collection is not a coin or a medal, but the simple cardboard box in which the Edward VIII material was kept for many years. With the stark warning ‘Not to be opened except in the presence of two senior officers of the Royal Mint’ written across the top, the object sheds light on the controversy associated with the abdication.