For the first time, The Royal Mint will throw open its doors to reveal how the nation’s coins are made and find their way into pockets and purses around the world.
The Royal Mint Experience will allow the public to witness for the first time hundreds of moments from the history of British coins, with visitors glimpsing how over two billion coins are made every year.
The Royal Mint Experience will open to the public on Wednesday 18 May, offering visitors the opportunity to discover the unexpected world of coins and the fascinating processes involved in producing them by the UK’s oldest manufacturer.
Visitors will see the heads and hear the tales, meet the experts on hand to share their knowledge and passion for their craft and there will be the opportunity for people to strike their very own coin as a memento of the visit.
Located in striking South Wales, visitors to the experience will for the first time ever, be able to go behind the scenes at the world’s leading export mint and follow the journey of a coin, from ‘blank to bank’. The guided Factory Experience will give visitors first-hand knowledge of the manufacturing journey, while a series of static and interactive exhibitions will bring the 1,000-year-old organisation’s rich heritage to life.
The interactive exhibition consists of six zones:
- Zone 1: The Royal Mint and the community – look back over 1,000 years of history 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 over 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 – take a look at the fascinating military, sporting and commemorative medals that The Royal Mint has produced over 1,000 years.
- Zone 5: The meaning of coins – uncover the many different roles that coins play in our everyday lives as symbols of luck and good fortune.
- Zone 6: Coins and collecting – discover more about coin collecting, a hobby which captivates people of all ages.
Anne Jessopp, The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin, said “We will be watching with excitement over the next few weeks as we add the final touches to The Royal Mint Experience. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to a unique behind-the-scenes experience, showcasing over 1,000 years of coin-making history, and the craftsmanship and innovation for which The Royal Mint is known worldwide.”
A perfect day out for the family, coin enthusiasts, history buffs or those who want a unique insight into one of the country’s oldest institutions, The Royal Mint Experience caters for everyone. Open daily 9:30am to 18:30pm, excluding 25-26 December and 1 January – the last tour will be at 4:30pm.
Tickets are available to pre book from Friday 8th April from www.royalmint.com/experience.
Online prices; Adult 16+ £13.00, Child 5-15 £10.50, Concessions £11.50, Family (2+2) £38.50, Under 4 Free. For further enquiries, please call 0333 241 2223.