Moving the Mint outside of the capital could have led to its becoming an easily forgotten manufacturing concern.

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It is clear, however, that this has not been the case as Llantrisant has played host to a variety of visits, awards ceremonies and other celebrations.

 

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Visits

Since opening the Mint in 1968, the Queen has paid us a second visit in May 1997 and the Prince of Wales has returned twice – once to begin production of the first £1 coins in 1982 and more recently to visit the Royal Mint Experience. There have also been other high profile visits: David Cameron held a meeting of the Cabinet here in 2011, and the First Minister of Wales came in 2009, to say nothing of the succession of Chancellors of the Exchequer who since 1870 have held the title of Master of the Mint. In this capacity Sir Geoffrey Howe was accompanied by his wife, who cheerfully signed the Visitors Book as Mistress of the Mint.

Over the last 50 years members of overseas royal families, such as the Crown Prince of Japan, have been welcomed to Llantrisant, as well as ambassadors, ministers of finance, Olympic athletes and even celebrities such as Adam Faith. Bucks Fizz actually performed at the Royal Mint before their Eurovision win in 1981 and other events such as the Welsh Monopoly Championship have been hosted on site. The Royal Mint Experience opened in May 2016 and in its first two years of operation 200,000 people have come through its doors.

Awards

Awards have been won by the Royal Mint and its staff for achievements as diverse as coin production, design, customer service, dog training, apprenticeships and audio-visual communications.

Perhaps the most significant honour was the Queen’s Award for Industry, which was presented to the Mint for the first time in 1966 when it was still based in London. This success was repeated after the move to Wales, where the award has been won three more times - in 1973, 1977 and 1987.

As in London there is an active Sports and Social Club and perhaps it should be no surprise that, being in Wales, the Royal Mint rugby team won the Civil Service Rugby Union Football cup in 1978.

Celebrations

In its role as an important British institution the Mint at Llantrisant has played a key part in both national and local celebrations. Coins have been produced for royal jubilees, weddings and birthdays as well as sporting events, such as the huge range of coins produced for the London Olympics in 2012.

In 1986 the Royal Mint celebrated 1100 years in minting, recognising the unbroken thread that linked us to the London of Alfred the Great. To mark the occasion a touring exhibition, the brainchild of Deputy Master, Jeremy Gerhard, was opened in London by Prince Philip before travelling to Cardiff, Leeds, Oxford, Edinburgh, Belfast and Antwerp. In its first year a smaller version of the exhibition also travelled to the United States.

Meanwhile local anniversaries have not been neglected. As part of the celebrations to mark the 650th anniversary in 1996 of the Llantrisant Town Charter, the Royal Mint produced a commemorative medal. Designed by Royal Mint engraver Bob Evans, the medal features the Llantrisant bowmen at the battle of Creçy and an artistic representation of the town on the hill.

 

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