Coins and Kings Press Pack

Coins and Kings Press Pack

Image: The Royal Mint Museum

24 May 2013

Coins and Kings, a new exhibit in partnership with the Royal Mint will be opening at the Tower of London on 24 May 2013.

Historic Royal Palaces in partnership with the Royal Mint Museum has today, 24 May 2013, launched a new permanent exhibition at the Tower of London. Located on the historic site that was once the country’s Mint for over 500 years (c1279 – 1812), Coins and Kings: The Royal Mint at the Tower, will explore the long history of this institution and its connection to London’s premier fortress. 

Visitors will be able to explore five pivotal 'moments' from the history of the Mint, including Isaac Newton's efforts to rid London of counterfeiters, when he was Warden of the Mint. Other stories will chart Edward I's harsh punishments for people who tampered with his coins, Elizabeth I's restoration of the coinage following her father Henry VIII’s disastrous meddling, and Charles II's rejection of Commonwealth money.

Please download the press pack for the full press release, information on key objects, a timeline and a list of events around the exhibition

Notes to editors

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.

These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. We believe in four principles. Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world. Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work. Registered charity number 1068852.


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