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2024 date letter

The date letter for 2024 is a lower case z. A non-compulsory mark, the date letter changes annually on 1 January. The font, case, and shield shape all change so each can only indicate one specific year.

The date letter for 2024 is a lower case z.

A non-compulsory mark, the date letter changes annually on 1 January. The font, case, and shield shape all change so each can only indicate one specific year.

Learn about the evolution of the hallmark and the component marks in the article ‘Hallmark as Hero’ by Goldsmiths’ Company Deputy Librarian. 

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Business Rules for our Services

Please read our guidelines which help you submit your work to us correctly.

Please read our guidelines which help you submit your work to us correctly.

 

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Coronation commemorative mark announced by the British Hallmarking Council to honour His Majesty King Charles III

To celebrate the coronation of King Charles III a commemorative hallmark has been approved. 

Based on a medal by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS and using artwork supplied by Thomas Fattorini, the mark depicts the King’s head against an oval background.  It can be applied to gold, silver, platinum or palladium items, by any of the four UK assay offices.  The approval process involved the assay offices considering a selection of possible designs and submitting two to the British Hallmarking Council which chose the design depicting the King’s head. 

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First King Charles III coins are tested at this year's Trial of the Pyx

The Royal Mint has today submitted nearly 10,000 coins for testing at the UK’s oldest judicial ceremony, the Trial of the Pyx, held at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London. The coins are rigorously checked for fineness and quality by an independent jury of Goldsmiths’ Company members, before further scientific analysis by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office.
  • The Royal Mint’s coins have been submitted for quality testing in the annual Trial of the Pyx at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London – the UK’s oldest judicial process.
  • As the responsibility of the Goldsmiths’ Company, whose members make up the jury, the 700-year-old Trial ensures every coin produced by The Royal Mint meets a strict set of standards aimed at protecting consumers.
  • The first official UK coins bearing His Majesty King Charles III’s official effigy, along with the 15kg gold coin produced to celebrate Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee are among the nearly 10,000 coins submitted for testing.
  • This is the first time that coins bearing the effigies of two monarchs has been submitted to the Trial for several decades.

 

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The Goldsmiths' Company

Today, the Goldsmiths’ Company family is made up of the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, and the Goldsmiths’ Centre. We work together and collaborate to support the trade, from training and development to investing in makers who live, work, create and learn in the UK; and to support civil society, from grant-making through the Charity to education provided by the Centre, and by upholding standards of hallmarking through the Assay Office.

The purpose of the Goldsmiths' Company is to contribute to British national life by supporting its related crafts, industry and trade. Today, the Goldsmiths’ Company family is made up of the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, and the Goldsmiths’ Centre.


We work together and collaborate to support the trade, from training and development to investing in makers who live, work, create and learn in the UK; and to support civil society, from grant-making through the Charity to education provided by the Centre, and by upholding standards of hallmarking through the Assay Office and through wider charitable and educational activity.

The main objectives of the Company are:

  • To support the precious metal and jewellery crafts, industry and trade through training, education and promotion, primarily through The Goldsmiths’ Centre;
  • To operate the Assay Office, and test the coinage of the realm annually through the Trial of the Pyx;
  • To fund and support the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity in achieving its charitable objectives;
  • To build on our traditions to enhance our contribution to life, work, education and culture in the City of London and more widely;
  • To manage our financial affairs to secure the long-term future of the Company and its activities.

 

The Goldsmiths' Centre

 

 

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Testing and hallmarking precious metals for over 700 years

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is where hallmarking began, and we have been testing and hallmarking precious metals for over 700 years. We have been responsible for guaranteeing the purity of items made of precious metals since 1300, when the hallmarking statute was passed. We became the official ‘home of hallmarking’ in 1478, establishing the country’s first Assay Office at Goldsmiths’ Hall London, which still operates today.

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is where hallmarking began, and we have been testing and hallmarking precious metals for over 700 years. 

We have been responsible for guaranteeing the purity of items made of precious metals since 1300, when the hallmarking statute was passed. We became the official ‘home of hallmarking’ in 1478, establishing the country’s first Assay Office at Goldsmiths’ Hall London, which still operates today.

Our hallmark and our trade depend on integrity and trust, which underpin all our work and what we stand for.

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