2012 sees the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. To celebrate this occasion, The Goldsmiths Company have issued a special commemorative hallmark to be applied to precious metals by the Assay office throughout the Queens Jubilee year.

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office began hallmarking precious metal items in 1327, when they first received their Royal Charter as a way to confirm the purity of precious metals. Traditional struck marks are made with a punch creating an impression in the metal, handmarking is the most traditional method whereby the item is struck by hand using a punch and hammer.

Words from Andrew Bunney.