Secrets of the trade: Making a Masterpiece

I see so many coins each year that something has to really stand out to catch my eye.

That’s why the official Royal British Legion “Masterpiece” Poppy ranks among my top recommendations each year.

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It features such sophisticated and advanced craftsmanship that the minting technique remains a closely guarded secret, but let’s see if we can look behind the curtain and find out what goes into making a Masterpiece…

As with any coin, it all begins with a blank. In the case of the Masterpiece, that is a 5 ounce blank precision-cut from a block of solid silver, which is then highly refined by skilled craftsmen.

Multiple smaller poppies have then been engraved onto its huge 65mm surface, resulting in an exceptional 3-dimensional effect.

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But the wow factor comes from the large red poppy sitting in the centre of the coin.

Made from Mother of Pearl – the shimmering material that makes up the outer coating on a pearl – it just looks remarkable.

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I wish I could tell you how they struck such a large coin, with this stunning poppy made out of the shimmering Mother of Pearl. Remember, this is a 5oz Silver coin with a diameter of 65mm.  

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But the minting process is top secret.

However they do it, the result is breathtakingly beautiful, representing the very essence of the Masterpiece. It’s the pinnacle of craftsmanship.

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Each one is unique

Due to the nature of the Mother of Pearl Poppy, no two coins can be the same. Anyone who owns one of these exceptional coins has their very own one-of-a-kind.

Due to the highly demanding, top secret production processes involved, the worldwide edition limit has been set at just 300.

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That’s why collectors love them and why a sell-out looks assured.


If you’re interested…

The majority of the Masterpiece Poppies have already been reserved, but I have a small allocation remaining.

Click here to make one yours today

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