The company has been concerned in a number of diverse fields and during World War II Pobjoy Aero Engineering was involved in the manufacture of Spitfire wings. The mint was founded in 1965 by Derek Pobjoy when he left his father, Ernest Pobjoy's, jewellery and masonic business and purchased his first coin press. The first major success was the production of a series of gold medals to commemorate the life of Sir Winston Churchill. As manufacturers of gold chains, gilt and enamel badges and escutcheons, regalia and insignia of all kinds, the Pobjoy Mint has been contractor to the Crown Agents and prestigious London jewellers, for whom it has executed numerous commissions involving precious metals and gemstones of all kinds. In 1996 Pobjoy Mint issued the world's first hologram coin, the image is carefully struck in the coin to produce an unusual colour effect and in 1999 the world's first titanium coin. Recently, the mint has become involved in the production and international sale of new issue postage stamps and currently exclusively coordinates the coin and stamp programmes of three countries.