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Mint nameHeaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)
LocationBirmingham, England
CountryUnited Kingdom
Dates1850 - 2003
Description

The Birmingham Mint, a coining mint, originally known as Heaton's Mint or Ralph Heaton & Sons, in Birmingham, England (known as The Mint Birmingham Limited after 1879), started producing tokens and coins in 1850 as a private enterprise, separate from, but in cooperation with the Royal Mint.

In later years, the plant became increasingly busy with the introduction of the Euro within the European Union; the mint produced several million €1 and €2 coins. However, a slump in trade and contractual agreements between them and the Royal Mint resulted in the sale of the mint in late 2003.

The Mint was acquired by JFT Law & Co Limited who still produce and sell commemorative coins and medals from a website. Substantial parts of the plant and machinery were subsequently purchased by an Indian company, Lord's Security Mint Limited. The Pobjoy Mint purchased the newest high speed presses plus new tooling.

Known mint marks of Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint):
HEATON

On some Bulgarian coins, the Heaton mint had its unabbreviated name as a mint mark.

Letter H

Letter H.

Located:
- under the date on Australian silver coins (Florin and Shilling).
- under the bottom scroll on Australian bronze coins of the "Commonwealth of Australia" type (One penny and Half penny)

No mint mark

The Birmingham Mint (Heaton & Sons) had no mint mark on some coins.

12 main coin types minted predominantly or exclusively at Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint):
Sarawak / One Cent (1863 - 1941) Sarawak / Half Cent (1863 - 1933) Sarawak / Quarter Cent (1863 - 1896) North Borneo / One Cent (1882 - 1941)
North Borneo / Half Cent (1885 - 1907) Sarawak / Fifty Cents (1900 - 1927) Sarawak / Twenty Cents (1900 - 1927) Sarawak / Ten Cents (1900 - 1934)
Sarawak / Five Cents (1900 - 1920) North Borneo / Five Cents (1903 - 1941) North Borneo / Two and a Half Cents (1903 - 1920) North Borneo / Twenty Five Cents (1929 - 1929)
114 coins minted at Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint):
CountryCoinMintageMint mark
Ionian Islands One Obol 1819 unknown No mint mark
Sarawak One Cent 1863 unknown No mint mark
Sarawak Half Cent 1863 unknown No mint mark
Sarawak Quarter Cent 1863 unknown No mint mark
Sarawak One Cent 1870 unknown No mint mark
Sarawak Half Cent 1870 250,000 (250000) No mint mark
Sarawak Quarter Cent 1870 100,000 (100000) No mint mark
Sarawak One Cent 1879 750,000 (750000) No mint mark
Sarawak Half Cent 1879 250,000 (250000) No mint mark
Sarawak One Cent 1880 1,070,000 (1.1 million) No mint mark
Bulgaria Ten Stotinki 1881 15,000,000 (15.0 million) HEATON
Bulgaria Five Stotinki 1881 10,000,000 (10.0 million) HEATON
Bulgaria Two Stotinki 1881 4,996,345 (5.0 million) HEATON
North Borneo One Cent 1882 2,000,000 (2.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1882 1,070,000 (1.1 million) No mint mark
North Borneo One Cent 1884 2,000,000 (2.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1884 1,070,000 (1.1 million) No mint mark
North Borneo One Cent 1885 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter H
North Borneo Half Cent 1885 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1885 2,140,000 (2.1 million) No mint mark
North Borneo One Cent 1886 5,000,000 (5.0 million) Letter H
North Borneo Half Cent 1886 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1886 2,014,000 (2.0 million) No mint mark
North Borneo One Cent 1887 6,000,000 (6.0 million) Letter H
North Borneo Half Cent 1887 5,000,000 (5.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1887 1,605,000 (1.6 million) No mint mark
North Borneo One Cent 1888 6,000,000 (6.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1888 2,133,333 (2.1 million) No mint mark
North Borneo One Cent 1889 9,000,000 (9.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1889 3,200,000 (3.2 million) No mint mark
North Borneo One Cent 1890 8,000,000 (8.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1890 3,210,000 (3.2 million) Letter H
North Borneo One Cent 1891 3,000,000 (3.0 million) Letter H
North Borneo Half Cent 1891 2,000,000 (2.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1891 1,623,888 (1.6 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1892 1,088,889 (1.1 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1893 1,633,888 (1.6 million) Letter H
North Borneo One Cent 1894 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1894 1,632,776 (1.6 million) Letter H
North Borneo One Cent 1896 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1896 1,088,889 (1.1 million) Letter H
Sarawak Half Cent 1896 326,667 (326667) Letter H
Sarawak Quarter Cent 1896 283,112 (283112) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1897 1,088,889 (1.1 million) Letter H
Sarawak Fifty Cents 1900 40,000 (40000) Letter H
Sarawak Twenty Cents 1900 75,000 (75000) Letter H
Sarawak Ten Cents 1900 150,000 (150000) Letter H
Sarawak Five Cents 1900 200,000 (200000) Letter H
North Borneo Five Cents 1903 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter H
North Borneo Two and a Half Cents 1903 2,000,000 (2.0 million) Letter H
North Borneo One Cent 1904 2,000,000 (2.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak Fifty Cents 1906 10,000 (10000) Letter H
Sarawak Twenty Cents 1906 25,000 (25000) Letter H
Sarawak Ten Cents 1906 50,000 (50000) Letter H
North Borneo One Cent 1907 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter H
North Borneo Half Cent 1907 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak Five Cents 1908 40,000 (40000) Letter H
Sarawak Twenty Cents 1910 25,000 (25000) Letter H
Sarawak Ten Cents 1910 50,000 (50000) Letter H
Sarawak Twenty Cents 1911 25,000 (25000) Letter H
Sarawak Ten Cents 1911 100,000 (100000) Letter H
Sarawak Five Cents 1911 40,000 (40000) Letter H
Australia Penny 1912 3,600,000 (3.6 million) Letter H
Australia Halfpenny 1912 2,400,000 (2.4 million) Letter H
British Honduras Five Cents 1912 20,000 (20000) Letter H
British Honduras One Cent 1912 50,000 (50000) Letter H
Sarawak Twenty Cents 1913 25,000 (25000) Letter H
Sarawak Ten Cents 1913 100,000 (100000) Letter H
Sarawak Five Cents 1913 100,000 (100000) Letter H
Australia Florin 1914 500,000 (500000) Letter H
Australia Halfpenny 1914 1,200,000 (1.2 million) Letter H
Australia Florin 1915 750,000 (750000) Letter H
Australia Shilling 1915 500,000 (500000) Letter H
Australia Penny 1915 1,320,000 (1.3 million) Letter H
Australia Halfpenny 1915 720,000 (720000) Letter H
Sarawak Twenty Cents 1915 25,000 (25000) Letter H
Sarawak Ten Cents 1915 100,000 (100000) Letter H
Sarawak Five Cents 1915 100,000 (100000) Letter H
British Honduras Five Cents 1916 20,000 (20000) Letter H
British Honduras One Cent 1916 125,000 (125000) Letter H
North Borneo Five Cents 1920 100,000 (100000) Letter H
North Borneo Two and a Half Cents 1920 280,000 (280000) Letter H
Sarawak Twenty Cents 1920 25,000 (25000) Letter H
Sarawak Ten Cents 1920 (Silver) 150,000 (150000) Letter H
Sarawak Ten Cents 1920 (CuproNickel) 800,000 (800000) Letter H
Sarawak Five Cents 1920 (Silver) 100,000 (100000) Letter H
Sarawak Five Cents 1920 (CuproNickel) 400,000 (400000) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1920 5,000,000 (5.0 million) Letter H
North Borneo Five Cents 1921 500,000 (500000) Letter H
North Borneo One Cent 1921 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter H
Bulgaria Two Leva 1923 unknown No mint mark
North Borneo Five Cents 1927 150,000 (150000) Letter H
Sarawak Fifty Cents 1927 200,000 (200000) Letter H
Sarawak Twenty Cents 1927 250,000 (250000) Letter H
Sarawak Ten Cents 1927 1,000,000 (1.0 million) Letter H
Sarawak Five Cents 1927 600,000 (600000) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1927 5,000,000 (5.0 million) Letter H
North Borneo Five Cents 1928 151,000 (151000) Letter H
North Borneo Twenty Five Cents 1929 400,000 (400000) Letter H
Sarawak One Cent 1929 2,000,000 (2.0 million) Letter H
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