For centuries The Royal Mint has been home to the production of medals, both official and private, and this week, as the Royal Academy of Engineering announces the finalists for the prestigious MacRobert Award, the meticulously detailed medal the winner will receive, has been revealed.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the MacRobert Award is run by the Royal Academy of Engineering and recognises engineering teams that demonstrateoutstanding innovation, tangible societal benefit and proven commercial success within the UK engineering sector.
The winner of this year’s MacRobert Award will be announced at the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Dinner next month and the winning team will receive the signature MacRobert Award gold medal that The Royal Mint produces annually, as well as a £50,000 cash prize.
Over the last 50 years, MacRobert Award winning innovations have changed the world, delivering enormous economic and societal benefit and contributing to the UK’s standing as the world’s eighth largest manufacturing economy. The first award in 1969 was made jointly for two iconic innovations: to Rolls-Royce for the Pegasus engine used in the Harrier jump jet, and to Freeman, Fox and Partners for the Severn Bridge.
Experts in the field of medallic art, craftsmen at The Royal Mint have been creating medals, including military decorations and gallantry awards, for centuries.