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Goldsmiths HallHome of the Goldsmiths' Company, one of the twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. Since 1281 a jury containing several goldsmiths has been responsible for the Trial of the Pyx, the testing of newly minted coins, and from 1870 this has been held annually at Goldsmiths Hall. Gold and silver are assayed and hallmarked here, though the Assay Office is not open to the public.
The magnificent Hall by Philip Hardwick, opened in 1835 is the third on this site, the Goldsmiths' Company being located here since 1339. Little is known of the first Hall but the second was erected in 1634-6 and restored after the Great Fire of 1666 but demolished in the late 1820s.
The Company has a unique private collection of silver, jewellery and art medals dating from the 15th to the 21st century which are used either for their original purpose, or to display in exhibitions, or to inspire contemporary craftsmen; changing selections of antique and modern pieces are displayed.
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