February 18th, 2019
There are lots of things we’re proud of here in Wales, and one of them (and something that many people don’t realise) is that we’re home to the exclusive Royal Mint, situated in South Wales, near Cardiff.
The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London 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, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.
And to celebrate the 50th birthday of the 50p coin, anyone visiting The Royal Mint Experience will have the opportunity to strike their very own 2019 dated 50p ‘New Pence’ Brilliant Uncirculated coin. You can celebrate this milestone moment for one of our best-loved and most collectable coins with the re-introduction of the 50p ‘New Pence’ design which hasn’t been seen on a UK circulating coin since 1982.
The first 50p was officially introduced in October 1969 to replace the ten-shilling note, and featured a revolutionary, but at the time controversial seven-sided design. This very design, a depiction of Britannia by Christopher Ironside, was the first design to appear on the new 50p.
Nicola Howell, Director of the Consumer Business at The Royal Mint said, “The opportunity to strike your own coin at The Royal Mint Experience has always been very popular with collectors. As we mark such a significant anniversary, we know the 2019 50p New Pence will be equally appealing, as this is currently the only place customers can get this coin in this presentation for a limited time period.”
The Royal Mint Experience provides a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and discover stories from The Royal Mint’s 1,100 year history. Visitors can see for themselves how coins are made, then tour through a series of walk-through interactive exhibition zones that bring the organisation’s rich heritage to life. Recently, The Royal Mint Experience introduced a new temporary exhibition to celebrate 50 years in Llantrisant, where individuals have the opportunity to hold a gold bar worth approximately £400,000.
For more information, or to book your tour visit the Royal Mint website at www.royalmint.com