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    Educational film showing processes at the Royal Mint. c. 1946

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    British Instructional Films Ltd presents a Classroom Film. Acknowledgements are made to the Royal Mint.

    Men in cloth caps unload bullion from the back of a van. A supervisor checks a piece of paper on a clipboard. The bullion is stacked on a trolley then pulled along. Inside the foundry. The bullion is dropped into fiery vats and melted. Vessels are pulled from the kilns by winches, men work wearing protective clothing. The molten metal is poured into moulds. A man knocks a nail into metal bars once they come out of the moulds. The bars are rolled by machine to the required thickness. "Blanks" are cut out by a press. The blanks are cleaned and polished in a machine - it looks like the drum of a washing machine and the coins are seen going around in the drum. They are poured out into a barrow then into sacks and weighed. Images are then stamped on the blanks. Women work the stamping machines. C/U of the coin - a half crown with the image of King George VI.

    Coins are pumped from machine. We also see C/U of Palestinian coin, a British penny and a square one cent coin. A bowl of shiny coins is seen. Coins are weighed. Women watch a conveyor belt of money go by and pick out any damaged coins. C/U of bent coin. The coins are counted. Women work on large machines. Small sacks are filled with coins. Top of sack is tied with string. Sacks of coins are piled on to a barrow. Bags of coins go to the Bank of England (not seen). Boxes of coins are sent abroad. Men load sacks on to a lorry. Other men bang nails into boxes which are then sealed with packing tape and stacked in piles. Names visible on sides of boxes: Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Bank of British West Africa, Pay Office Singapore.

    Money poured from a sack into tills at a bank. We then see a woman buying cigarettes in a shop. She pays and the shopkeeper places her change on a glass tray.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:08:20:00 / 01:17:18:00

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