The Royal Mint is stepping closer to opening the doors of South Wales’ newest visitor experience, with construction of the purpose built Visitor Centre now underway and completion planned for Spring 2016 - the Year of Adventure.
As well as over 1,000 years of producing British coinage, The Royal Mint, 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 United Kingdom and across the globe, from people anxious to get behind the scenes to see where their money and medals are made.
Visitors will be able to take an escorted tour of the coin production areas, gaining first-hand knowledge of the manufacturing journey from concept to coin. A separate, self-guided series of engaging static and interactive experiences will bring to life the 1,000 year-old organisation’s rich heritage and often poignant stories behind The Royal Mint’s medal-making processes.
The new Visitor Centre situated three miles from Junction 34 of the M4 and just 12 miles from Cardiff will be an all year and all weather visitor attraction. Incorporating a rich heritage resource alongside live factory working environment, it will be a truly unique visitor experience with up to 200,000 UK and overseas visitors expected each year.
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. 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.
To register your interest and receive further information on this exciting new attraction www.royalmint.com/visitorcentre