23 June 2012

Bank of England and £400,000 of Gold in your hands

I held £400,000 of gold in my hands this morning, in the Bank of England, and no I wasn’t chased out by security. They let me.


The only schneaky pic I took, and by far the best.








We couldn’t take any photos of it, but we walked through along the fabulous mosaic hallways, were taken through a brief history of the bank site (originally in rented accomodation, they moved to a purpose built site in Threadneedle street, where they are now, then compulsory purchased the next-door church! which they bulldozed), wandered through the incredibly plush bank governers quarters, perused the Polish crystal-ware kept for the Queen luncheons, before we came to the highlight of the tour - the banknote museum. No really, the gold bar holding. Awesome. It's 13kg and heavier than you think it would be.

Cool geek fact - Queen Elisabeth II is the first UK monarch to be featured on UK paper notes. I’m just disappointed we couldn’t keep the gold bar.

I have however ever put in a good word for you with the security guards, and if you ask nicely you can play with 17kgs of a gold bar. How is that for an unexpected blog reading perk? It was pretty cool, an unusual ways to spend a morning. Check out their website if you're interested (and get there early!). There are only a few weekends they open in the year, but it's worth it.

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