Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint Experience.

Immersing people in the world of coin making

The Royal Mint opened its gates to the public for the first time in over 1000 years in May 2016. We worked alongside the Royal Mint Museum to develop a new permanent visitor centre on site, with retail, learning and café spaces, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes factory tour.

Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint Experience welcomed an impressive

40,000

visitors within the first five months of opening

This historic institution had been a closed shop for hundreds of years, so this was the first time the public would be able to see how their money is made. We wanted the experience to live up to this incredible moment by making it as accessible as possible, and allow new generations to get involved in what The Royal Mint does.

We start the story right at the beginning, with the moneyer’s shop in the time of Alfred the Great. The story continues across over 1,000 years of history, from the hand crafted coins made at the Tower of London to the modern factory operation in Llantrisant today.


Royal Mint Experience

Made up of six zones, the experience is filled with participatory and interactive experiences, including a CGI immersive film where visitors take the place of a coin as it travels through the different machines and processes. It is a fast-paced, exhilarating journey; at one point you are engulfed in the flames of the forge, the next being stamped with the design.

The narrative was carefully developed with historians in dual language, bringing in translation support from the Welsh Government. This fed through into all the exhibits from text panels and guide scripts to AV and filmic pieces. We were proud to win a number of awards for our storytelling.


“We were really impressed with Mather & Co’s ability to realise our vision for the visitor centre."
Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint’s Director of Commemorative Coin and Medals

Visitors can get fully immersed in a

360

degree AV film

Royal Mint Experience

Find a penny, pick it up – We don’t just spend coins, we save and make wishes with them too. The experience not only looks at how coins are made, but highlights their relevance to our lives. Interactives allow visitors to drop coins in wishing wells and piggy banks, just as we would in our everyday lives.

Royal Mint Experience

Visitors can come face to face with the British Monarchs featured on coins across the years, as well as learn about the many coins made in the UK for other countries across the world.

The Royal Mint Experience showcases its prestigious history and

1,100

years of manufacturing

Royal Mint Experience
Royal Mint Experience
Royal Mint Experience

Our displays allow people to get up close and learn the stirring stories of some of the most distinguished objects of The Royal Mint’s collection, including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medals, and service medals awarded to the gallant and brave.

Demonstration areas peppered throughout the experience provide dedicated areas for staff to showcase the design and making process to visitors. Visitors can even strike their own coin!

Royal Mint Experience

An exclusive factory tour concludes the visit. Here, visitors can see money being made before their very eyes through purpose-built viewing windows between the factory and exhibition.

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