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Royal Mint

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what authority foreign coin dies are retained by the museum of the Royal Mint after production has ceased. (96546)

Where there are contractual specifications referring to the disposal of foreign coin dies, the Royal Mint complies with those clauses, either destroying or returning the dies as appropriate. In other cases, the Royal Mint may choose to retain a small selection of master tools or production dies in the Royal Mint museum which acts as a source of reference both to overseas central banks and to other mints. More information about the museum may be found at:

http://www.royalmint.gov.uk/RoyalMint/web/site/Corporate/Corp_museum/museum.asp