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about the move to Wales

The announcement in 1966 that Britain’s historic system of coinage was to be decimalised confirmed the need for a new Mint. After much investigation this new Mint was constructed at Llantrisant, just a few miles from Cardiff. Now discover the fascinating story behind the Royal Mint’s move from London to Wales.

How the Royal Mint moved from London
the last 50 years

From the millions of coins required for decimalisation in February 1971 through to the new £1 coin in 2017, explore the events of the last 50 years. See how the new Royal Mint at Llantrisant has changed and grown to become the organisation that it is today.

See how the Mint has developed since 1968
your memories

Were you here when the Queen opened the new Mint in December 1968? Have you worked at the Mint in Wales? Your memories are important to us. Upload and share them with us. Alternatively, just browse through the stories we have collected from those involved with the Mint at Llantrisant.

Share with us and become part of our archive



Follow the events that shaped the Mint at Llantrisant. See the key milestones that have transformed the site from the original decimal branch to a Mint of truly international stature.

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