Royal Mint to open for first time

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THE ROYAL Mint has unveiled plans to throw open its doors to the public for the first time in its 1,000 year history.

Officials yesterday announced 
they are planning to develop a £7.7m visitor centre at the Mint in south Wales.

It is hoped construction of the purpose-built facility will begin this spring before being completed next year.

Visitors will take a tour and see exactly how the coins they use everyday are made – as well giving them the chance to strike their coin. The move is aimed at attracting foreign tourists as the Mint makes coins and medals for about 60 countries.