Creative Inspiration Workshop: The Trial of the Pyx

23 Feb 2023 · 2:00PM - 4:00PM
£20 (8 places)
The Goldsmiths' Company Library, Goldsmiths' Hall
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How much do you trust the coins in your pocket? Even as we use less of them, coins still have a reassuring solidity – they are ‘real’ money (just ask the tooth fairy). This trust has been hard-won, thanks in no small part to the Trial of the Pyx.

The Trial is an independent check of the coins produced each year by the Royal Mint. Its history stretches over 800 years and goldsmiths have long played a key part, using their expertise to test the Royal Mint’s work.

Join the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Library and Archive team to learn and be inspired by the ceremony and the science behind this ancient procedure.

There will be the opportunity to see, handle, photograph and draw a range of unique artefacts and archives from the collection.

Image credit: Trial plate for 22ct gold, 1707, Archive The Goldsmiths’ Company