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Report - The Birmingham Mint, 2008

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. dweeb

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    We've spent a bit of time in the river this summer, and have discovered a an area which is good for finding coins and jewellery. Among the hundreds of one p's, shopping trolley tokens and euros were a handful of pre-decimal coins. I used to collect coins when I was a lad so I was quite pleased to find them and had a bit of a look under a glass when I got them home. Below the date on a certain battered penny I noticed a tiny letter "H" which I had never seen before. A quick google showed that that letter H meant I had once stood in the very building that coin had been struck in... The Birmingham Mint.

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    We had discussed the propect of having a pop at the mint in the car one day, but assumed due to the very nature of a building that makes money it would be a none starter. I can't actually remember where we had been that night, but Raddog, OT and I ended up pulling over and having a 'quick check' around the perimeter. Imagine my surprise when I leaned on the door handle mid stride and almost hit the deck as the door swung round... the flippin' door was open!

    We hastily returned in daylight for a full explore. The place was actually amazing. Other than the machinery which had been auctioned off most of the stuff you would expect to find in a coin and medal mint was in there. The building was wonderfully dated with a groovy 70's canteen and retro offices. The toolmakers benches were still packed full of tools, and on one the fella's glasses were still carefully placed on the bench top.

    Anyone exploring a mint would hope to find a coin... but they were literally everywhere in there. On the floor, in boxes and bags. It was all a little surreal.

    As with pretty much every place I explored in 06 07 08 I look back at my poorly composed photos and see so much that I literally walked straight past. I've no doubt there was a whole host of epic we missed here.

    As with all these old explores I like to stick them back up to show those new to the game what they missed :)


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    I did wonder where these had gone... one would assume if it was an official removal they would have taken the original box too!
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    Very nice that @dweeb

    You do with sorting them old 'dead' industrial threads out when you get a chance too
     
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    That was me wasn't it? Edgy that was, like the guy just popped out for a pizza. I never got back in there in the daylight though.
     
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    Mint that is. :coat
    Great find. Any idea if the building is demolished now or reused?
     
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    Lovely stuff there i must say my pulse went up somewhat when i saw all that gorgeous paperwork.
     
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    What a cracker, knowing you i bet you spent days in here…bet its long gone now.
     
  8. Speed

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    Some of it was converted.

    Are you sure this was 2008 thought it was more like 2006? If it was 2008 im annoyed i didnt go!
     
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    Such a shame I got into this malarkey when all the good stuffs been taken lol and your just rubbing it by posting for all the new comers and what we've "missed" lol git!!! Nice photos bro
     
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    The conversion was actually a cluster-fuck. They knocked down more of it than they should have done, left the chimney standing in a field of rubble for years and it is still not all let / sold even now!
     
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    Far from it mate there's plenty of stuff still to discover just like this. new stuff pops up all the time. Im still amazed by what people uncover.
     
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