From shanties to shipwrecks, the display dives into the history of coins and their journey across the high seas. 

A book of coins as part of The Royal Mint's Coins and the Seas exhibition

Staff worked closely with other museums and individuals to collect items and information for the display.

Now open to groups, the Coins and the Sea exhibition showcases sunken treasures of concreted coins. Visitors will learn how coins were used in international trade, including by pirates. 

Ships have long appeared on coins produced by The Royal Mint. The first, struck in the mid-1340s and depicting Edward III’s golden noble, is on display at the museum in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales. The coin was introduced with the second coinage of King Edward III between 1344 and 1346, portraying the King on a ship holding a sword and shield.

Dan Johnson, visitor attraction manager at The Royal Mint said: “The team at The Royal Mint Museum have identified unique and exciting artefacts to showcase in this collection, and we look forward to taking visitors on a discovery of hidden treasures.”

A boat on display as part of The Royal Mint's Coins and the Seas exhibition

Visitors can explore the new unique treasures raised from shipwrecks as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition is running for the next 12 months and is included in the general admission ticket. 

Hannah Spruce, exhibitions manager added: “It has been a pleasure to work closely with a number of museums and individuals to bring the Coins and the Sea exhibition to life. We tell the important story of our history on the high seas, and the impact of our maritime activity on the world as we know it today.”

Benefits of group bookings at The Royal Mint Experience

Group travel organisers receive discounted prices for pre-booked afternoon teas and meals as well as the chance to build bespoke packages for their visit. There are group tours available during which members will be able to strike their own coin. 

Visitors will learn all about where UK coins are made and gain a fascinating insight into the history of The Royal Mint.

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