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Take your pyx

Posted by fairbankguy on 3rd February 2016 in History | goldsmiths,trial of the pyx,coinage,assay office,remembrancer
the trial of the pyx is an ancient ceremony that dates back to the 13th century. Its purpose is to check that all UK coinage produced at the Royal Mint is of sufficient weight and composition. the name ‘pyx’ refers to the boxes in which the coins are carried and comes form the pyx chamber in Westminster Abbey, where important artefacts were housed. We believe there was some quality control in early medieval times but it was in the reign of Henry II (1154-89) that regular tests took place By the mid-13th century the trial had begun to take the form we know today. Early trials were first held in Westminster until 1580, when Elizabeth I decree...
 
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