If these are not modern rarities,then what?

What is a Die Trial Piece?

A trial piece is a piece they produce at the Royal Mint when they develop new coins and techniques. Simply put, they help them determine the viability of a new product or process. In addition to the full explanation of what a Trial track is, you can also view some pieces from our collection.

How are Die Trial Pieces produced?

Once the idea for a new product is signed off and the related designs are approved through the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC), each project is assigned to an engineer. The engineer becomes responsible for creating a theoretical process about how to successfully produce the new product or process, as well as testing that theory.

The engineer may conduct a lot of experiments and tests to get to a point where they feel comfortable launching the product to the public.

A meeting is then arranged for the designers, production team and marketing teams to see and approve the final product. Throughout the testing process, test pieces are usually made in very small batches by the engineers and production teams.

Why are Trial pieces needed?

Proof pieces play an essential role in the development of new coins and are vital as part of the production process for several reasons:

• Specific pieces provide an opportunity to ensure that each coin meets craftsmanship standards prior to final execution

• Proof pieces allow the Mint to physically see a coin before it goes into production, helping them ensure that the 2D design rendered on the physical product meets expectations.

In addition, the mint retains a single proof piece of each product and trial for reference and safekeeping at The Royal Mint Museum. The engineering team often uses test pieces from the past, some from decades or even centuries ago, as inspiration for new products.

What purpose do Die Trial Pieces serve in coinage?

Test pieces give the Mint the opportunity to study designs and concepts created by artists in physical form and allow artists to refine their designs to ensure the best products are made. It also allows them to improve production techniques so they can produce high quality, perfectly finished products.

How rare are Die Trial Pieces?

Relative to the amount of production pieces made, test pieces are extremely rare. The mint typically produces between seven and 30 proof pieces for each product, depending on the complexity and number of proofs required. However, once the product is approved, most of the test pieces are destroyed and they keep a few pieces – usually around three – for reference purposes.

Did the Royal Mint always make trial pieces?

There are century proof pieces in the collection of the Royal Mint, showing that they were in use as early as the eighteenth century. Traditionally, trial pieces were used in research and development exercises to test the Mint’s ability to produce coins of different alloys and specifications.

Modern test pieces are mainly used to test new designs, although they still conduct research and development tests on new coin types from time to time. A recent example of this would be the ten kilo gold Proof coin they created to mark the completion of The Queen’s Beasts collection, which is the largest coin they have created in the mint’s 1,100 year history.

These trial pieces that you can watch here are part of our collection,enjoy yourself.

Source: https://www.royalmint.com/stories/collect/what-is-a-die-trial-piece/

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