Trial of the pyx


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the annual testing, in the English mint, of the standard of gold and silver coins.
- Encyc. Brit.

See also: Pyx

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Her first ceremonial role will be to lead the annual Trial of the Pyx.
First held in 1282, the Trial of the Pyx tests the integrity of the nation's coins, ensuring that they are the proper weight and size, and contain the right amount of precious metals.
The world in pictures with Daily Post Head of Images Hadyn Iball | The smallest and largest UK coins ever minted at The |Royal Mint are among 70,000 coins in the Trial of the Pyx, an ancient annual ceremony testing random samples of coins produced by The Royal Mint.
The coins, which have been produced over the past year, were tested yesterday at the ancient Trial of the Pyx at Goldsmiths' Hall in London to assess their weight and quality.
He attended the trial of the pyx at the Royal Mint in the city of London.
The monetary history surrounding the 1611 trial of the pyx represents politically and symbolically a crucial part of this tension.
This explains why, as James's trial of the pyx suggested, the state held goldsmiths ultimately responsible for all forms of abuse.
In all, 70,000 circulating and commemorative coins will be tested at the ancient Trial of the Pyx at Goldsmiths' Hall in London to assess the weight and quality of the work turned out by the Mint.
Deputy master of the Mint Adam Lawrence said: "The Trial of the Pyx is one of the oldest quality assurance trials in existence and is as important today as it has ever been, helping ensure integrity and confidence in our UK currency, commemorative and bullion coins.
Nearly 70,000 coins of all denominations, some coming from as far afield as New Zealand, will be tested and verified today at the Trial of the Pyx - an ancient ritual dating back more than 800 years.
Known as the Trial of the Pyx, it is one of the longest-established judicial procedures in Britain and has taken place every year since the reign of Henry II.
CEREMONY: Coins from Llantrisant are scrutinised by the prime warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Richard Came, right, under the watchful eye of the Queen's Remembrancer, Master Robert Turner, standing, as part of the annual Trial of the Pyx