Today is the last day that police will guard the grounds of the Royal Mint in Llantrisant.
The 35-acre headquarters have been secured by the Ministry of Defense Police 365 days a year, for nearly 40 years.
The Royal Mint has been guarded by MoD police since it located to Wales in 1968 but the security of the site was reviewed a couple of months ago when the state-of-the-art £7m Visitor Centre opened its doors to the public.
The new private security team of trained guards will take over the responsibility of round the clock security of the Royal Mint from today onwards.
G4S will be the first private sector company to guard the Royal Mint in its 1,130-year history and has confirmed the contract to secure one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious institutions will last three years with an optional two-year extension.
The team positioned with responsibility of patrolling the grounds 24-hours a day will include highly trained, professional, ex-Gurkha personnel.