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Grand National Trophy Hallmarked in London

For the first time in the history of the Grand National, a new trophy will be designed on a yearly basis under a five-year sponsorship deal with global diagnostics company Randox Health.

While the new trophy will be fully unveiled in mid-February, 24 January marks the final step of the 2017 design, with its hallmarking at the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office.

Date Published: 25 January 2017

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Annual UK Hallmarking Figures for 2016

The total number of articles sent for hallmarking at all UK offices in 2016 fell by 7.1% to 9,748, 033. 

Silver, gold and palladium saw a decline in the quantity of articles hallmarked, but platinum saw an increase.

Date Published: 03 January 2017

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Date Letter for 2017

Date letter S signifies 2017.

The inclusion of the date letter in the hallmark started in 1478 (the same year the Assay Office was founded). 

It is now a non-compulsory element of the hallmark, but we apply it as standard in our Full Traditional Hallmark. The date letter changes annually on January 1st. The font, case, and shield shape all change so each can only indicate one specific year.  All date punches are destroyed at the end of the year.

Date Published: 01 January 2017

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