Old Town garden will be in mint condition

THE site of the Old Scottish Mint is to be transformed into a commemorative garden, it was revealed yesterday.

Coinyie House, in Edinburgh's Old Town, produced coins between 1574 and 1709, two years after Scottish coinage ended under the Act of Union.

The building, which operated through the reigns of seven monarchs – from King James VI to Queen Anne – no longer exists, leaving just an overgrown courtyard, known as Coinyie House Close. The Coinyie House building was demolished in 1877.

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Now, a series of major improvements, funded by Edinburgh World Heritage and Edinburgh city council, is set to inject new life into the site, including a public memorial celebrating its long history as a mint.