The Trial of the Pyx – The Verdict is In!

The Trial of the Pyx – The Verdict is In!

The Master received a much-coveted invitation from the Prime Warden and Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths to attend Goldsmiths’ Hall on the 19th November, to hear the Clerk deliver the verdict in the Trial of the Pyx.

The Invitation Card explained that the Trial of the Pyx was of ancient origin going back to the 13th Century, making it one of the oldest judicial procedures in the country and was an examination by a jury of Freemen of the Goldsmiths’ Company to ascertain that the coins produced by the Royal Mint were of the correct weight, diameter and composition required by law. The 1870 Coinage Act established Goldsmiths’ Hall as the venue for the Trial, held annually and presided over by the Queen’s Remembrancer, in the presence of officials and guests, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer, or representative.

After an examination taking several months, I am pleased to report the verdict was the coins were within the statutory limits for metallic composition, weight and size. So, the coins in your pockets conform to their correct specifications!

The Verdict was followed by the traditional ‘Goldsmiths’ Feast’.