Made of money: The Royal Mint where cash is banned

July 26, 2013 in Coins, Education, English Coins, News, The Royal Mint, UK Coins

By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter, BBC News (

Old, damaged or rejected coins are among the materials thrown into a roaring furnace by workers – some employed here for nearly 40 years – on eight-hour shifts, night and day.

Their job is to make money.

Melting down metal in the hot end is the start of the process that results in five billion coins being produced at this site in Llantrisant, south Wales, every year.

Despite churning out currency for the UK and around the world, one thing you will not find in the pockets and purses of staff at the mint is their own cash.

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