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The Royal Mint came one step closer to opening the doors of South Wales’ newest visitor experience today, after plans for The Royal Mint Visitor Centre received final planning approval. The new visitor centre is being partially funded by a grant of £2.3 million from The Welsh Government. The expected total cost of the project is estimated at £7.7million.

Construction of the purpose built centre at The Royal Mint’s home in Llantrisant, South Wales, can now start in earnest, with the breaking of ground for the new building expected to take place in April this year. Completion is planned for Spring 2016. It’s expected that the new facility will allow the Royal Mint to grow its Commemorative Coin division.

The Royal Mint, Britain’s oldest manufacturing organisation, currently makes coins and medals for approximately 60 countries worldwide, so it is no surprise that news of the Visitor Centre has attracted enquiries from the UK and across the globe, from members of the public anxious to get behind the scenes to see where their money and medals are made.

Visitors to the centre will be able to take a tour of The Royal Mint, gaining first hand knowledge of the manufacturing journey from concept to coin, and discovering the often poignant stories behind The Royal Mint’s medal-making processes. A series of engaging static and interactive experiences will bring to life the 1,000 year-old organisation’s rich heritage.

Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint’s Head of Commemorative Coin and Medals, said “This is an exciting development in our mission to welcome visitors to a unique behind the scenes experience. The new Visitor Centre will showcase over 1,000 years of coin-making history,  and showcase the heritage, craftsmanship and innovation for which The Royal Mint is known all over the world.”

 

About The Royal Mint

royalmintThe Royal Mint is one of the world’s oldest and most venerable organisations, with an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1000 years. Though more than ten centuries have passed since then, The Royal Mint’s reputation for both quality and integrity has always endured.

While The Royal Mint’s finest traditions are always respected, it continually innovates in order to stay at the forefront of world minting, embracing the latest production techniques and technology in order to offer excellence to our clients across the globe. By underpinning our proud heritage with a highly progressive outlook, coins from The Royal Mint remain a byword for trust and reliability the world over.

There were estimated to be 28.9 billion UK coins in circulation at 31 March 2013, with a total face value of £3.9 billion, all manufactured by The Royal Mint. In total, 1.4 billion UK coins were issued during 2012-13.

As well as over 1,000 years of producing British coinage, The Royal Mint has long been trusted with the currencies of other countries. It currently serves more than 100 issuing authorities around the world and meets approximately 15% of global demand, making us the world’s leading export mint.

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,000 years. By the late thirteenth century the organisation was based in the Tower of London, and remained there for over 500 years. By 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK.

While The Royal Mint’s finest traditions are always respected, it continually innovates in order to stay at the forefront of world minting, embracing the latest production techniques and technology in order to offer excellence to our clients across the globe. By underpinning our proud heritage with a highly progressive outlook, The Royal Mint produces coins that remain a byword for trust and reliability the world over.

There were estimated to be 28.9 billion UK coins in circulation at 31 March 2014 ,with a total face value of over £4 billion, all manufactured by The Royal Mint. In total, nearly 2 billion UK coins were issued during 2013-14.

As well as over 1,000 years of producing British coinage, The Royal Mint has long been trusted with the currencies of other countries. It has served more than 100 issuing authorities around the world and currently meets approximately 15% of global demand, making us the world’s leading export mint.

The Royal Mint has been making official military campaign medals since it was commissioned to make awards for soldiers who fought in the battle of Waterloo in 1815. The year 2012 was of particular significance for The Royal Mint’s medal-making team, with the manufacture of all 4,700 Victory Medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Royal Mint has recently introduced a new fineness of Britannia bullion coins and a highly-secure on-site bullion vault storage facility, building on the gold Sovereign’s long-standing reputation for integrity, accuracy. This positions The Royal Mint and its bullion products as a premium proposition in this marketplace.

In September 2014, The Royal Mint launched a new bullion trading website, www.royalmintbullion.com, enabling customers to buy, store and sell bullion coins at constantly updated prices directly from The Royal Mint quickly, effortlessly and securely, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In January 2015, The Royal Mint announced the revival of The Royal Mint Refinery bullion brand offering gold and silver minted bars bearing the historic Royal Mint Refinery marque on www.royalmintbullion.com – the first time since 1968 that they had been available direct to the public from The Royal Mint.

In April 2014, The Royal Mint unveiled plans to develop a purpose-built visitor centre at its headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales. Construction is expected to be completed during 2016.
 

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