Information about mint: Royal Mint

Royal Mint (886 - )

The Royal Mint is the body permitted to manufacture, or mint, the coins of the United Kingdom. The Royal Mint originated over 1100 years ago, producing coins for England and eventually Great Britain.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK. Royal Mint Ltd is 100% owned by HM Treasury, though the latter delegates shareholder responsibilities to the Shareholder Executive.

As well as minting coins for the UK, The Royal Mint also mints and exports coins to many other countries and produces military medals, commemorative medals, and other such items for governments, schools and businesses, being known as the world's leading exporting mint.

Responsibility for the security of the site falls to the Ministry of Defence Police, who provide an armed contingent.

In 1968 The Royal Mint began to move its operations from Tower Hill in the City of London to Llantrisant, Mid Glamorgan, Wales, and has operated on a single site in Llantrisant since 1980. At Llantrisant it holds an extensive collection of coins dating from the 16th century onwards, housed in eighty cabinets made by Elizabeth II's cabinet maker, Hugh Swann. The site occupies 38 acres (15 ha) and employs 765 people.

The annual Trial of the Pyx assays coins produced for the UK government for size, weight and chemical composition.

Coins struck by: Royal Mint (3,916)
CountryYearNameMintageMint Mark
United Kingdom 1856 Fourpence 1856 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Threepence 1856 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Twopence 1856 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Penny 1856 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Sovereign 1856 4,806,160 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Half Sovereign 1856 2,391,909 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Florin 1856 2,201,760 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Shilling 1856 3,168,000 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Sixpence 1856 2,779,920 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Threepence 1856 (Circulating) 1,018,248 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Penny 1856 1,212,288 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1856 Halfpenny 1856 1,942,080 No mint mark
Ionian Islands 1857 Thirty Lepta 1857 unknown No mint mark
Ionian Islands 1857 One Lepton 1857 unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Fourpence 1857 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Threepence 1857 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Twopence 1857 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Penny 1857 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Sovereign 1857 4,495,748 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Half Sovereign 1857 728,223 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Florin 1857 1,671,120 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Shilling 1857 2,562,120 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Sixpence 1857 2,233,440 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Fourpence 1857 (Proof only) unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Threepence 1857 (Circulating) 1,766,718 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Penny 1857 752,640 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1857 Halfpenny 1857 1,182,720 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Fourpence 1858 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Threepence 1858 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Twopence 1858 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Penny 1858 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Sovereign 1858 803,234 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Half Sovereign 1858 855,578 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Florin 1858 2,239,380 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Shilling 1858 3,108,600 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Sixpence 1858 1,932,480 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Fourpence 1858 (Proof only) unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Threepence 1858 (Circulating) 1,445,928 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Penny 1858 1,559,040 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1858 Halfpenny 1858 2,472,960 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Fourpence 1859 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Threepence 1859 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Twopence 1859 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Penny 1859 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Sovereign 1859 1,715,142 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Half Sovereign 1859 2,203,813 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Florin 1859 2,568,060 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Shilling 1859 4,561,920 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Sixpence 1859 4,688,640 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Threepence 1859 (Circulating) 3,584,328 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Penny 1859 1,075,200 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Halfpenny 1859 1,290,240 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Twopence 1859 (Pattern) unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Penny 1859 (Pattern) unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1859 Halfpenny 1859 (Pattern) unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Fourpence 1860 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Threepence 1860 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Twopence 1860 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Penny 1860 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Sovereign 1860 2,555,958 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Half Sovereign 1860 1,131,500 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Florin 1860 1,475,100 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Shilling 1860 1,671,120 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Sixpence 1860 1,100,880 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Threepence 1860 (Circulating) 3,410,088 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Three Halfpence 1860 160,000 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Penny 1860 (Large) 32,256 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Penny 1860 (Small) 5,053,440 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Halfpenny 1860 (Large) unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1860 Halfpenny 1860 (Small) 6,630,400 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1861 Fourpence 1861 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1861 Threepence 1861 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1861 Twopence 1861 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1861 Penny 1861 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1861 Sovereign 1861 7,624,736 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1861 Half Sovereign 1861 1,130,867 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1861 Shilling 1861 1,382,040 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1861 Threepence 1861 (Circulating) 3,299,208 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1861 Penny 1861 36,449,280 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1861 Halfpenny 1861 54,118,400 No mint mark
Ionian Islands 1862 Thirty Lepta 1862 unknown No mint mark
Ionian Islands 1862 One Lepton 1862 unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Fourpence 1862 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Threepence 1862 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Twopence 1862 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Penny 1862 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Sovereign 1862 7,836,413 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Half Sovereign 1862 unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Halfcrown 1862 (Proof only) unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Florin 1862 594,000 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Shilling 1862 954,360 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Sixpence 1862 990,000 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Fourpence 1862 (Proof only) unknown No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Threepence 1862 (Circulating) 1,160,808 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Three Halfpence 1862 256,000 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Penny 1862 50,534,400 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1862 Halfpenny 1862 61,107,200 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1863 Fourpence 1863 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1863 Threepence 1863 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
United Kingdom 1863 Twopence 1863 (Maundy) 4,158 No mint mark
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Royal Mint: Details
From Year886
CountryUnited Kingdom
LocationLlantrisant, Wales
Web(official site)
Mint Marks used by: Royal Mint
Letters PL

Letters PL (abbreviated from "Percussa Londinio" in Latin, meaning "struck at London").

Located:
- after the word PENNY on the reverse of Australian One Penny coins
- above the date on Australian Sixpence coins
- above the the words THREE PENCE, in the folds of the ribbon of the "stalks of grain" Australian threepence coins

No mint mark

With very few exceptions, coins minted by the Royal Mint do not have a mint mark.