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Snowdon to feature on new £5 coin

Wales’ highest mountain will feature on a new commemorative £5 coin, to be struck at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant.

Just over 2,000 of the coins will be made. Credit: The Royal Mint

The coin will be part of a collection celebrating Britain’s most-loved natural attractions.

South Wales-based artists Glyn Davies and Laura Clancy painted the Snowdonian mountain range in watercolour, before engraving the details onto tools for the coins to be struck. Just over two thousand of the coins will be made.

The collection also features the likes of the Giant’s Causeway and the Lake District Credit: The Royal Mint

The Giant’s Causeway, the Lake District and the White Cliffs of Dover will also feature as part of the collection.

In May, the Mint opened its visitor attraction, ‘The Royal Mint Experience’ at its base.

Three casualties after multi-vehicle accident

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Three people are being treated for injuries after a three vehicles accident on the A473 Llantrisant.

The incident has occurred between Talbot Green Roundabout, Llantrisant and Gwaunmiskin Road, Beddau.

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Welsh choir sings 'You'll Never Walk Alone' as tribute

A Valleys male voice choir recorded themselves singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone" in tribute to the victims of Hillsborough.

Llantrisant Male Choir recorded their version when they met for choir practice this week.

On their Facebook page the choir said:

are proud to sing this fantastic song in memory of all those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

We are proud to sing this fantastic song in memory of all those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

– Llantrisant Male Voice Choir

The Facebook post resulted in hundreds of shares and comments including one from someone who said he had survived the tragedy:

BRILLIANT !! Thank you from a survivor of Hillsborough xx

– Facebook comment

The conductor Matthew Nash said: "Like many across the UK - and across the globe - the boys at Llantrisant Male Choir remember well the terrible events at Hillsborough 27 years ago and, after justice was finally being delivered on Tuesday, they wanted to pay a tribute to the 96."

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Royal Mint visitor centre: What to expect

The Royal Mint is opening its doors to the public for the first time in its 1,000-year history.

Britain's oldest manufacturing organisation started in the Tower of London, but since 1968 its headquarters have been in Llantrisant.

A grant from the Welsh Government means it can now build a new visitor centre. Our reporter Alexandra Lodge has been given a sneak preview of what people can expect to see.

Royal Mint considering visitor centre 'for some time'

The Royal Mint says it has been exploring plans for a visitor centre "for some time" after receiving large numbers of visitor requests each year.

The Royal Mint is a highly secure, Ministry of Defence-protected site which is not usually open to the public, with the exception of very special occasions and by invitation only.

We receive large numbers of requests to visit from members of the public every year and have been exploring the opportunity of a visitor centre for some time.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that this can now go ahead, and that people will be able to come here and see the work of one of Britain's national treasures.

– Shane Bissett, Royal Mint

Officials today announced plans to develop a £7.7 million visitor centre at the mint in Llantrisant.

It will be the first time in its 1,000-year history that the doors will be officially opened to the public.

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Royal Mint to open doors to public for first time

Nickel-plated steel blanks come off the production line ready to be pressed in 10p pieces Credit: PA

The Royal Mint has unveiled plans to throw open its doors to the public for the first time in its 1,000 year history.

Officials today announced they are planning to develop a £7.7 million visitor centre at the mint in Llantrisant, South Wales.

Visitors will be allowed to look behind the scenes and see for themselves the people and processes responsible for the coins we use every day.

They will also have the opportunity to strike their own coin as a memento of their visit.

The project has been made possible after the Royal Mint secured a grant of £2.3million from the Welsh Government.

Construction of the visitor centre will begin this spring, subject to planning permission.

From cargo to coin: shipwrecked silver struck at Royal Mint

The Royal Mint in Llantrisant is striking a limited number of coins from the cargo of a British merchant ship - more than 70 years after it was originally meant to be delivered.

The SS Gairsoppa was carrying silver bullion bars over from India when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1941. The ship and its cargo were eventually found 300 miles off the Irish coast in 2011. Dean Thomas reports.

Sunken treasure: Royal Mint strikes coins 70 years later

The Royal Mint in Llantrisant is striking a set of silver coins from the bullion recovered from a merchant ship that sank during the Second World War.

A 'limited number' of silver coins are being struck from the bullion.

British steam merchant ship SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat in February 1941 off the coast of Ireland, whilst it was carrying a large shipment of silver bullion bars from India, destined for the Royal Mint.

The ship was heading for the Royal Mint when it was sunk more than 70 years ago. Credit: Odyssey Marine Exploration

The ship and its cargo were located in September 2011, and the silver bullion recovered by marine exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration.

The bullion was three miles underwater - which they say made it the largest and deepest recovery of precious metal from a shipwreck in history.

The coins are edged with the name SS Gairsoppa.

Shane Bissett from the Royal Mint said: "The traditional Britannia coin design is the perfect image for the coins struck from SS Gairsoppa's long-lost cargo. We are so pleased to be able to bring these coins to the market at long last, albeit more than 70 years later than expected."

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