Whatever you do with your coins, don’t do this

Recently, a very rare Morgan Dollar sold for $16,450 at auction. You’d think the seller would have been delighted, but it barely achieved half the price of the same coin at an auction in 2014. What went wrong? The coin, an 1892 Morgan Dollar from San Francisco – the rarest Morgan Dollar, had been “doctored” […]

Why collectors love the mistakes of others

A simple mistake can make an ordinary coin extraordinary. Tiny errors can result in big rewards for eagle-eyed collectors. If you consider for a moment how many coins are minted each year it’s unsurprising that an error sneaks through every now and again. The truth is that they are very, very rare, which means supply […]

The most exclusive collection I’ve ever offered you

• A unique opportunity to own all 3 UK Gold Proof £5 coins celebrating the Queen Mother • Featuring a coin for her 90th and 100th birthday and one commemorating her life • All struck from 22 Carat Gold to a perfect Proof finish • Just 3 collections available as these coins are very difficult […]

What you need to know about coin grading

VF-30, XF-45, AU-50, MS-70, PF-70… These are just some of the grades that a coin can be assigned. Quite frankly, it’s a minefield of acronyms and numbers, but I recommend you try to understand the basics of coin grading. Why? The same coin with even a slight difference in grade could be priced thousands of […]

Why the coin I’m looking at is worth over $3m

I’m in Philadelphia for the American Numismatic Association’s World Fair of Money. The primary reason for my trip is to meet with all the world’s leading mints and dealers, but I couldn’t resist a quick visit to the show itself, especially with a $3m coin on display. Without further ado, let me introduce you to […]

Can you predict which coins are going to sell out?

Is it possible for collectors to predict which coins are going to sell out or is it all simply down to luck? Whilst nobody can predict with certainty which modern issues will capture the hearts and minds of collectors, you can certainly use experience to pick out the ones with the best sell-out potential. Whether […]

Have you heard of the 130 year old lucky coin that shouldn’t exist?

There are countless coins thought to be lucky, but one has such an enduring story that collectors seek it generation after generation. The Silver Sixpence was first issued in 1551 and was soon adopted as a lucky charm to ward off evil spirits, especially during rites of passage, such as weddings. That tradition continues to […]

Why this got so much attention on the Antiques Roadshow

I received a text message from a friend on Sunday that simply said “1933 Penny on the Antiques Roadshow”… I flicked over just in time to see the mystical coin on the screen.. Antiques Roadshow: The 1933 Penny (Image: BBC) The 1933 Penny is big news 85 years after it was issued. Well, I say […]