You can probably imagine that, given the quantities involved and the precision required, making coins is a major operation.
It requires a production facility that involves a lot of heavy industrial machinery and some very skilled people.
The engineers who work at The Royal Mint are among the very best in their field. Their skill contributes to our ability to exceed our customers’ expectations and to produce coins that are among the best in the world.
For the first time in Royal Mint history, our engineers have delivered all the work required to CE Mark our new ‘Pilot Plating Line’.
If you don’t know what a ‘Pilot Plating Line’ is, according to Steve Clode, our Engineering Projects Programme Manager it is:
“a multi-chemistry ‛ in-line’ plating facility that closely simulates the plating processes used within our mass production lines”.
That’s a bit technical, but it means this is a test production line that we can use to trial our new metal- plating processes. It will be used to produce customer samples for all the new plated products The Royal Mint will produce in the future. We designed the line in-house and our engineers have designed it to be safe and reliable. They have done such a great job that they have been allowed to award it a CE mark themselves!
What does that mean? It means that we have been able to self-certify that our new production line complies with the CE Marking standards and regulations.
Q. What is CE Marking?
A. CE Marking is common on most machinery and relates to the standards and regulations that the machine was built to.
Q. What do the initials CE stand for?
A. The letters CE stand for ‘Conformité Européenne’ which means ‘European Conformity’.
Q. Must the CE marking appear on packaging, manuals or other supporting literature?
A. In general CE marking must appear on the product and may also appear on the packaging, in manuals or other supporting literature.
Q. What is the design of the CE marking?
A. The CE mark must not be less than 5mm in its vertical height, and the proportions maintained. You probably recognise it now that you’ve seen it!
Q. Who awards CE Marking?
A. Normally the CE mark is applied by the Machine Designer and Manufacturer.
This makes it all the more remarkable that Royal Mint Engineers achieved the required standard.
Q. How is CE Marking achieved?
A. The road to achieving a CE mark is challenging and time consuming and involves achieving and collating evidence to prove that standards and regulations applicable to the machinery have been applied.
Q. Who were The Royal Mint Engineers involved?
A. The Project Engineering Team – Gavin Williams, Mike Waite, Phillip Thomas, Lucas Prosser, Harry Bishop and Darren Avery worked tirelessly to ensure that all standards and regulations regarding the machinery were achieved to meet the requirements for CE Marking.
Steve Williams – Compliance Manager – provided the necessary guidance and audits relating to the standards and regulations.
Q. When was The Royal Mint CE Marking awarded?
A. During September 2012 an external CE specialist approved our technical file and gave us permission to self-certify the CE Mark. The Declaration of Conformity, that completed the process, was signed by Steve Clode – Engineering Projects Programme Manager – on 14th September 2012.
Changes like this are part of The Royal Mint’s continual efforts to improve, and to be recognised as the best Mint in the world. We have been improving our processes and production methods for hundreds of years, and it’s a tribute to the quality of people who work at The Royal Mint that we continue to set new standards for ourselves.
For more on the coin production process, visit The Royal Mint Museum website.