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 in most people’s minds. 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 shed some light on its history and proceedings. So let’s begin…

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