Sunday, 22 April 2012
Photograph by Oosoom, wikipedia
The Birmingham Mint was instigated by Matthew Boulton whose Soho factory produced coins of significantly better quality than elsewhere. As a result of this success and reduction in fraudulent copies of coinage, the Royal Mint used machines supplied by Boulton to produce coinage for the UK and the Colonies.
The Birmingham Mint has been at Icknield Street since 1860. A substantial number of coins were the result of output from the Birmingham Mint which was able to compete on equal terms with London. The Birmingham Mint still produces coinage, medals and tokens and exports them around the globe.