The Trial of the Pyx
The need for consistency in the weights and dimensions of UK coins remains of paramount importance. The Trial, which dates from 12th Century, tests that sample coins from The Royal Mint are within the statutory limits for metallic composition, weight and size. As the Trial lasts several days and the Verdict is issued 3 months later, this has been referred to as the world's longest Quality Control process!
The Trial of the Pyx
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The Queen's Remembrance (the Trial Judge) arrives at Goldsmiths' Hall, City of London - Trial of the Pyx 2014
Royal Mint staff recording the occasion at Goldsmiths' Hall, City of London - Trial of the Pyx 2014
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Goldsmiths' Hall, City of London - Trial of the Pyx 2014
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Containers of coins awaiting despatch from The Royal Mint to Goldsmith's Hall, London for the Trial of the Pyx.
Royal Mint, Coins Awaits, Goldsmith Hall, Awaits Despatch
The Jury assemble in the Trial Chamber in Goldsmith's Hall, London as the 2013 Trial begins...
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Cromwell Trial plate, 1649 for the Trial of the Pyx- In the first year of the Commonwealth, the Council of State was empowered by Act of Parliament to administer an oath to the jury of goldsmiths charged with the preparation of the plate.
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Master Steven Whitaker, holding the ancient title 'Queen's Remembrancer' presides over the 2013 Trial of the Pyx.
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A Royal Mint employee brings the sample coins up to the 2013 Trial Jury, waiting in the Hall.
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The 2013 Trial Jury in the Hall, with Press and public observers.
Trials Juri, 2013 Trials
The 2013 Trial begins. Royal Mint Quality Controllers anxiously observe and wait on the Jury.