Goodbye to ‘ello ello ello’ at the Royal Mint

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.

End of MOD

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.


  1. Chelsea Gonzales on August 2, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Please could anyone advise me on a coin I have, one penny 1919 has Georivs v dei gra : Britt: omn rex fid def ind imp on the coin and 1919.
    Any information would be a great help

  2. Nigel on July 29, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Have the new security personnel been vetted like the MOD police?

  3. Edward leaver on July 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I agree with hotdingbevb coins are overpriced with no options for the less fortunate to be able to purchase

  4. John on July 29, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Well done for highlighting another possible terrorist target……..

  5. hotdingbevb on July 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    The Royal Mint has been over charging for its commemorative coins for years, why not let G4S get in on the act?

  6. Billy Hammett on July 5, 2016 at 9:26 am

    wonder how many Gurkha’s it will take to justify yet another privatisation by the corporate police force G4S

  7. Peter H Dendy on July 4, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I remember back in 1968 I help move you from the Royal mint in London to Llantrisant Wales. I worked for the transport company called Dallas. Very heavy machinery. Long time and a lot of water under the bridge.