Birmingham Assay Office has officially struck its first commemorative mark in honour of the upcoming Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

To mark the occasion the assay office welcomed local manufacturer Dan Higgs from Birmingham manufacturer, F G H Products, to witness the marking.

The mark was designed by Thomas Fattorini and depicts an orb. It can be applied to precious metal alongside a hallmark.

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The mark will be available from 1 November from all four UK assay offices until the end of 2022.

From 1st January 2022, the commemorative component mark can be applied along with the new year date letter.

The addition of the commemorative mark will cost £1 for each article on which it is struck as standard.

Dan Higgs commented: “We are delighted to work with the Birmingham Assay Office, where we are always assured of a brilliant service by a great team of people.

“We are proud to witness the Platinum Jubilee mark being applied to our silver ingots.”

Meanwhile, Doug Henry, CEO and assay master at Birmingham Assay Office, said: “It was a privilege and pleasure to witness the first Platinum Jubilee mark being struck.

“Commemorative marks have proved popular with UK consumers, and from today jewellers, silversmiths and retailers can request the mark from the Birmingham Assay Office.”