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The Historic Birmingham Mint Soon to Become History
« on: August 12, 2013, 03:40:08 PM »
Historic Birmingham Mint to be converted into luxury flats by new owners

Development of the iconic Birmingham Mint on the edge of the world famous Jewellery Quarter had stalled four years ago after the bank pulled the plug on funding.

The historic factory where coins were once minted in Birmingham is to be converted into flats following a meeting of city planners.

Development of the iconic Birmingham Mint on Ickneild Street on the edge of the world famous Jewellery Quarter had stalled four years ago after the bank pulled the plug on funding.

But now under new ownership the three storey building can now be turned into six luxury flats, above offices.

The grand three-story building was constructed in the Italianate style in 1860 and was home to the Birmingham Mint company, founded by Matthew Boulton.

It was once the world’s largest independent mint and coins were struck there until a decade ago when, following its last major order for the Euro, the business faltered.

The company name now lives on as a website selling commemorative coins and medals.

Planning committee member Bob Beauchamp (Con Erdington) said: “It is a beautiful building. I am glad to see that they are happy to keep to the facade as it is. This gives us reassurance that it will not be damaged.

“I am a bit concerned about the solar panels on the roof.”

Planning officer Louise Robinson said that the number of panels had been reduced following talks with the developer and that they would all be on the rear slope of the roof so it does not spoil the views of the front.

The planning committee unanimously backed the conversion.

Developer D Wilson Property Holdings, of Winson Green, has not indicated whether it is ready to begin the building work, but a development of the wider Mint site, for up to 180 homes surrounding the 130ft chimney by Raybone Developments is under way.

The renovation of the Grade II listed Birmingham Mint ground to a halt in February 2009 when its then owner, the Junared Property Group, went bust, halting the redevelopment.

Source: Birmingham Mail

Image Caption: The iconic Birmingham Mint on Ickneild Street on the edge of the world famous Jewellery Quarter will be converted into luxury flats by new owners.
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Re: The Historic Birmingham Mint Soon to Become History
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2013, 11:41:58 PM »
Sad.  Many of the lithuanian coins I collect were minted there.

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Re: The Historic Birmingham Mint Soon to Become History
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2013, 12:48:33 AM »
See also The Mint Birmingham Ltd in the token section.
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Re: The Historic Birmingham Mint Soon to Become History
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2013, 02:20:26 AM »
Thanks for sharing.  I find those very interesting and can appreciate the history.
I see a few here share this interest.
I have known for a while there was a mint in Bellevile, New jersey (my hometown).
Over the past couple months I have been researching its history in minting some
foreign minor coins and advertising tokens.  Some anti-slavery issues were made
by them as well.  I havn't seen any yet to purchase but at least I am starting to
know what to look for and some of there rulau andlow numbers.

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Re: The Historic Birmingham Mint Soon to Become History
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2013, 03:11:16 AM »
In the link given previously you will see mention of 'A Numismatic History of the Birmingham Mint' by James O Sweeny; Publ. by the Birmingham Mint 1981.

After a quick check in the book this morning I find no mention is made of the Lithuanian coins unfortunately.

The mint in Bellevile, New jersey sounds interesting, you may care to share some information on this, [in the advertising token section] especially the anti-slavery issues which do sound particularly interesting.
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Re: The Historic Birmingham Mint Soon to Become History
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2013, 03:48:42 AM »
You are correct it was the British Royal mint.http://www.ehobbex.com/category/1/9?page=1  If you click on the pic of a coin it shows much information.


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Re: The Historic Birmingham Mint Soon to Become History
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2017, 02:06:25 AM »
A few days ago Ursula Kampmann made a short article available (free) that she had written for Mint News Quarterly last year. "The rise and fall of a private mint" is, you guessed it, about the Birmingham Mint. See here: http://www.coinsweekly.com/en/News/The-rise-and-fall-of-a-private-mint-the-Birmingham-Mint/4?&id=4513

The CoinsWeekly article also has a link to this piece (from about two years ago) about plans for the Mint Quarter: http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/business/business-news/new-plans-birmingham-mint-regeneration-8804252

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