01 September 2021
The Royal Mint Museum has one of the finest collections of coins and related material in the world. It is a collection about how money is made and how the Royal Mint has evolved over the last 1,100 years.
Established in 1816 by the Master of the Royal Mint, William Wellesley Pole, the Museum has one of the finest collections of coins and related material in the world.
Originally intended as a source of inspiration for Royal Mint engravers, a function it retains to this day, it has grown and developed into a collection about how money is made and how the Royal Mint has evolved over the last 1,100 years.
For over 200 years a dedicated staff of curators, numismatists and museum specialists have catalogued, cared for and enhanced the collection which contains nearly 100,000 coins including an abundance of proofs, patterns and trial pieces. Medals and seals are also well represented along with plaster models, balances, weights and thousands of original drawings.
Above all, perhaps, it incorporates roughly 50,000 master tools and dies representing over 400 years of coin and medal production, a collection whose importance is unrivalled in the United Kingdom.
Festival of Coins content from The Royal Mint Museum…
Coin of the Day - every day throughout the festival, the curators at the Museum will be sharing an item from the vast collections. Be sure to come back to the website each day to see the latest treasure.
In conversation with… Chris Barker, The Royal Mint Museum - In a special live interview, we'll be talking to Chris about his role at the Museum, his career in coins, and what innovations have helped inform the general public about the history of coinage. Find out more here.
Learn more about The Royal Mint Museum at: www.royalmintmuseum.org.uk