The Royal Mint in the United Kingdom, has been minting coins since AD 886. All coins since the 1600s have displayed a profile of the current monarch’s head. The minting of the coins is of a very high precision. The dimensions and fineness are tested in strict laboratory conditions. This testing for quality dates back to the 12th century in a judicial ceremony known as the Trial of the Pyx. The annual tradition still takes place today in the hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in London. Current denominations in circulation include: Two pounds, One pound, Fifty pence, Twenty-five pence, Twenty pence, Ten pence, Five pence, Two pence, and One penny.
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