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THE ABERYSTWYTH MINT

A Groat (4 pence) from Aberystwyth Castle Mint

Silver coins were minted at Aberystwyth Castle from 1639-1642 for Charles I.

The silver came from the Cardiganshire mines (in particular from Cwmsymlog) which were being worked by Thomas Bushell, as lessee of the Royal Mines in Wales.

Until 1637 the silver was sent to the Tower mint in London but because this was both expensive and dangerous, Bushell asked for permission to open a mint at Aberystwyth so that the silver could be coined in the same district as it was mined.

On July 30th 1637 permission was given for coining which began in 1639 and continued until September 1642, by which time £10,500 in currency had been produced [equivalent to 2.5 million pennies]. The mint moved to Shrewsbury in 1642, then Oxford, then Bristol, still using the Cardiganshire silver, then, in 1648 it was based briefly in Furnace (about twelve miles north of Aberystwyth).

Boon, George, (1981), Cardiganshire Silver and the Aberystwyth Mint in Peace and War

ABERYSTWYTH CASTLE DISPLAY

ABERYSTWYTH CASTLE EXCAVATIONS

COINS DISPLAY