Verdict of the Pyx


Today marked the conclusion of the Trial of the Pyx 2017.  The Verdict was read to the jury by the Clerk of the Goldsmiths' Company. The Queen's Remembrancer was in attendance at Goldsmiths' Hall.  

Since February, the Laboratory Team at the Assay Office have been testing a random selection of coins which were brought to us for analysis by The Royal Mint. Representatives of the Goldsmiths' Company and Assay Office declared their findings at the Verdict.

Traditionally, if any of the coins failed based on our assay, the Chancellor of the Exchequer would have his head chopped off!  Not necessary this year as all coins passed and were deemed to be within the permitted variation.  

Michael Wainwright, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Company, congratulated the teams involved in the Trial process and recognised the importance of the job bestowed on the Assay Office by the Government. 

Picture shows The Goldsmiths' Company Prime Warden Michael Wainwright holding 1 kilo gold coin to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.