The compulsory hallmarking of platinum -- by which this precious white metal receives a guarantee of purity -- came into force in London on Thursday (2 January).
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SV Hallmark sign
SV Medal handed over and hallmarked while audience watch (4 shots)
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SV & CU Technicians hallmarking cup (3 shots)
SV Deputy Warden examines cup and puts it on table
SV & CU Lid of cup being hallmarked and placed on cup
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Background: The compulsory hallmarking of platinum -- by which this precious white metal receives a guarantee of purity -- came into force in London on Thursday (2 January). The occasion was marked by a ceremony at the Goldsmith's Hall in the City financial centre of London.
After being tested for purity, two platinum pieces were stamped with the mark of approval, watched by the Prime Warden of the Goldsmith's company, Sir Harold Himsworth, and the Deputy Warden, Mr John Forbes.
The first piece to be assayed and marked was the platinum medal presented by the Institute of Metals to the late Professor Robert Hutton, for many years Chairmen of the Assay Office committee of the ancient Goldsmith's Company.
The second item was a cup and its lid, designed and made by Miss Jocelyn Burton, The goldsmith's Company, which has been responsible for assaying the purity of gold and silver in Britain since 1300, assumes responsibility for platinum under the terms of the Hallmarking act, which came into force on Thursday.
Platinum, a silvery metal, was first discovered in Central America in the sixteenth century and derives its name from the Spanish.