In 1279 the mint moved into arguably the most secure place in the country - The Tower of London - where it remained for over 500years! In the early 19th Century the Royal Mint vacated the Tower for new premises close by on Tower Hill which could accommodate the new steam-powered machines. Then finally in the late 1960s in readiness for decimalisation in 1971, the Mint began the move away from London to its present site at Llantrisant in South Wales.
The Royal Mint at the Tower
The exhibition is located on the site of the original Mint (in Mint Street oddly enough) and comprises objects from the museum, interactive displays, and fascinating stories about some of the people and events which took place there. A King's Ransom; the Jewel Thief; even Isaac Newton features. Then there's the story of a mint worker falling into a deep and rather long sleep - not even a King could wake him.