Pounds and Pence: The Science in Your Pocket

Easter Holiday Activities at the Museum on the Mound

For this year’s Edinburgh Science Festival, we are teaming up with the Royal Mint Museum, Cardiff, to put money ‘under the microscope’.

Billions of coins and millions of notes circulate daily, but rarely receive the scrutiny they deserve. Specially devised workshops at the Museum on the Mound will allow visitors to examine the materials and technology behind these mini masterpieces. Magnifiers and money-checkers will play their part in revealing the secrets behind the cash we handle every day.

Suitable for ages: 8 - adult (Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult)

Duration: 40 minutes

Workshop 1 – Coins

Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th April; Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th April: 10.00, 11.00, 12.00

Saturday 13th and 20th April: 13.00, 14.00

Using a wealth of fascinating material from the Royal Mint, you can: Explore the properties of the metals our coins are made from; Learn how they are made; Identify counterfeit £2 coins; And discover what makes our new pound coin the most difficult to copy in the world.

Workshop 2 – Banknotes

Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th April; Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th April: 14.00, 15.00, 16.00

Saturday 13th and 20th April: 15.00, 16.00

Using rarely seen specimens from Bank of Scotland, you can: Examine the complexity of banknote design; Use iodine-based pens, microscopes, and ultra-violet lights to explore the security features on banknotes; And pit polymer against paper to test for strength and water-resistance.

How to Book

The workshops are FREE but should be booked through the Science Festival website:

If you have any further questions, please contact Museum Reception: 0131 243 5464

NB Please inform us if you have an allergy to nickel