Published on March 27th, 2015 | by admin0
Royal Mint Visitor Centre Plans Revealed
When it comes to producing coins and medals, the Royal Mint has a long and distinguished history. This government owned company, founded way back in 886 AD under the reign of Alfred the Great, is in fact Britain’s oldest manufacturing organisation.
The Royal Mint not only exists to mint coins for circulation in the UK. As the world’s leading export mint, coins and medals are also made for approximately 60 countries around the globe too. It is quite staggering to think that the Royal Mint can produce 90 million coins in just one week, which equates to almost five billion coins annually. It’s no wonder based on those figures that the Royal Mint produces approximately 15% of the world’s coin based currency.
First opened by the Queen in December 1968 to coincide with the introduction of decimal coinage, the Royal Mint’s current headquarters which cover a 35-acre site, operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Before moving to the purpose-built site in Llantistrant in 1980, the Royal Mint was previously based at London’s Tower Hill and the Tower of London before that where it was located for 500 years.
Based at Llantrisant Business Park, visitors to the new 1,806 square-metre centre can expect to see an exhibition presenting the mint’s 1,100-year history, a display of many varied coin collections, educational facilities as well as a guided factory tour showcasing the design and manufacturing processes at the site.
What’s more, guests to the visitor centre will have the opportunity to strike their own coin as a very unique and special memento.
Costing over £7m to build, the Royal Mint visitor centre is expected to attract up to 200,000 visitors each year when it opens to the public in the spring of next year.