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How the Royal Mint Celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III
The Royal Mint Experience displayed the temporary exhibition “Crowned: The Making of a Monarch” during the Coronation Day of King Charles III. The Royal Mint Experience was also open for a series of events and activities on Saturday 6th May 2023. This included a rare opening of the visitor attraction for 24 hours, with over 1000 people set to attend.
Visitors to The Royal Mint Experience during its 24-hour opening had the opportunity to be the very first to strike their own Coronation 50p to take home in dated packaging to commemorate the momentous occasion.
Additionally, guests touring The Royal Mint Experience were the first to marvel at its Coronation-themed exhibition. Featuring a range of unique objects from The Royal Mint Museum’s collection, hands-on interactives and a very special photo opportunity, visitors have the opportunity to discover more about this turning point in the history of the United Kingdom.
The Royal Mint Experience also hosted a series of events and activities over the course of the Coronation weekend, which run across the Bank Holiday weekend.
Dan Johnson, Visitor Attraction Manager at The Royal Mint Experience said: “We are so excited to welcome visitors to The Royal Mint Experience to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. Our 24-hour opening tomorrow is a fantastic opportunity for guests to mark this truly historic moment by striking their own Coronation 50p on the actual date when The King is crowned. The Royal Mint’s Coronation Coin range will also be available to purchase in the gift shop, which will also be available to purchase in the gift shop.
To mark His Majesty’s coronation, we will also have a new Coronation-themed exhibition showcasing rare and interesting coins from The Royal Mint Museum and items that have previously never been on display to members of the public.”
The Royal Mint also hosted a series of events and activities over the course of the Coronation weekend including a market of local independent traders, entertainment, and a funfair with vintage fairground rides from Saturday 6th May to Monday 8th May.
Alongside a jam-packed weekend of events and activities, the popular Café served British-themed delights for guests to savor, and the gift shop stocked Coronation merchandise.
The Royal Mint Experience welcomes over 50,000 visitors each year. The unique tour takes visitors “behind the scenes” of coin making, followed by an interactive exhibition exploring 1,100 years of The Royal Mint’s history. Visitors have the unique experience of seeing The Royal Mint’s workforce producing official UK coins as well as coins for other countries.