The pins on my iPhone are messed up, which means I can't recharge it, and at this microsecond I don't have the money to get a new phone (which is the only fix). So if you're trying to reach me by phone, leave a message -- I'm only gonna be turning the thing on once a day until I can get this fixed -- or e-mail me.
Dating back to 1249, the Trial of the Pyx is an annual examination of UK coins to ensure that they conform to the standards of weight, fineness, composition, and diameter now set by the 1971 Coinage Act. (Pyx is the name given to the chests in which sample coins are stored and transported--though it is also the name for the vessel in which the host or consecrated bread of the sacrament is reserved.) Throughout the year, the Deputy Master of the Mint selects at random a number of coins from each issue to be set aside for the trial. (The number of each type of coin is set by Statutory Instrument; for example, 1 out of every 5,000 cupronickel coins of a denomination of 10p or less.) Then, each February, the treasury issues a warrant to the Queen's Remembrancer to convene and swear in a jury (usually from the Goldsmiths' Company) at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London. The jury counts and weighs the coins, and sets aside a sample to be melted and tested by the Assay Office. Once all these tests have been completed, the verdict of the jury is signed and delivered to the Queen's Remembrancer, who in turn signs it and delivers it to the treasury, which then causes it to be publicly printed.
The Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)