Trial of the Pyx: Putting the Pyx on trial

When HM Treasury made the announcement; ‘The Trial of the Pyx will be held in Goldsmith’s Hall, London on 4th February 2014”, I’m sure this raised a myriad of questions to anyone reading it. Questions such as; what on earth is a pyx? and why is it on trial?

It’s actually an historic event dating from 1282 and it is, indeed, a judicial trial as most of us would recognise, complete with judge, jury and verdict. I think it’s now time, after more than 700 years of its history, that we put it under the spotlight and examine its history and proceedings. So let’s begin…

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