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It will apply as the standard Full Traditional Hallmark. The date letter changes annually on January 1 every year and the last time a ‘u’ letter date was used as the official mark was 1994.

UK hallmark for 2019

This lowercase ‘u’ is the UK’s hallmark for 2019.

The font, case and shield shape all change so each hallmark can only indicate one specific year.  All date punches are destroyed at the end of the year.

Hallmarking dates back over 700 years and represents Britain’s oldest form of consumer protection.

For a full history of UK hallmarks and downloadable PDFs of the updated directories of marks, visit ATG’s in-depth Guide to Hallmarks.