The coin that I can’t explain

There are occasions when a new coin is launched that just stops people in their tracks. A coin that makes everyone ask “how did they even do that?” There’s a new coin that recreates the ornate ceiling of St Paul’s Cathedral in the most intricate detail you can imagine and I just can’t explain how […]

Have you got your collector’s licence?

Don’t worry, you don’t actually need one today, but it wasn’t that long ago here in the UK that you did. Without one, you would be limited to owning just four gold coins issued after 1817. Unless you had a licence, but that wasn’t the easiest thing to obtain… The year it became illegal to […]

Have you heard about the secret Sovereigns containing arsenic?

The Sovereign dates back over 500 years and, in that time, there have been numerous special issues and fascinating stories. But you probably don’t know the one about secret experiments done with gold containing traces of arsenic and lead that created a Sovereign said to be indestructible… It was 1859 and a new shipment of […]

The secret hiding on the most collected American coins

The Morgan Dollar is the ultimate American classic coin. First struck in 1878, it comes from the time of cowboys, outlaws and the frontier. It’s a numismatic classic recognised all over the world and one that holds a secret that only serious collectors know about… Each coin holds a secret Pick up any Morgan Dollar […]

The day Peter Pan coins were everywhere

On 11 June, everyone from The Sun to Heart FM were talking about one thing – Peter Pan coins. Why were Peter, Hook and Tinkerbell the talk of the town and what does it mean for collectors? From Neverland to everywhere The world’s first Peter Pan coins have been issued in aid of Great Ormond […]

The coins from the cutlery drawer

It’s 1646, the English Civil War is raging and Cromwell’s forces are laying siege to your town. The flow of money (and more) has all but stopped, but the people need to trade and soldiers need to be paid, so what do you do? You reach for the cutlery and cups… The fascinating story of […]

Can you pick the most collectable Sovereigns from this graph?

The Sovereign is without rival as the United Kingdom’s premier Gold Coin, with rich history dating back well over 500 years. It epitomises all that is British. Traded across the world during the 19th Century and early 20th Century, it became known as “The Chief Coin of the World”, whilst today’s modern Proof Sovereigns show […]

How to beat the counterfeiters

The history of counterfeit money is as old as currency itself and, despite the use of the most sophisticated modern technology, the battle still persists today between the banks and the fraudsters. There was almost £30m worth of fake “round” £1 coins in circulation at the time the new 12-sided £1 was introduced in March […]

Lost for almost a century – The legend of the Canadian Hoard

The first truly Canadian coin was struck between 1912 and 1914. It would be an interesting coin for any serious collector, given its first-of-a-kind status, but the story around the gold $10 coins struck over a century ago is one of mystery and discovery. It’s a story that has made the 1912-1914 Canadian Gold $10 […]

The coin that every cab driver hated

Long before Uber became the enemy of taxi drivers across the country, there was a silver coin that Victorian cab drivers simply hated. The coin was in circulation for less than 20 years, but that was plenty long enough to cause offence to horse and carriage drivers. It all came about because people were too […]