Why my grandfather loved these rare and unusual coins…

My grandfather was a keen collector and loved showing me his coins, but one piece always sticks in my memory. When he first showed me the outside of the case, I thought I was about to see some very old glasses or a perhaps some remarkably intricate fishing flies. There was no mistaking that, whatever […]

Can you spot the difference between these Sovereigns?

An awful lot of Sovereigns have been issued during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign – over 50 different individual years and that’s before you consider all the various finishes from bullion to Proof. There have been many significant Sovereigns during her record-breaking reign that could lay claim to being the most important QEII Sovereign, […]

When grief took over UK coinage

Every coin tells a story. Some have designs loaded with symbolism, such as a sword signalling a country’s strength, wreaths made up of the region or country’s main agricultural crops of the time or an olive branch acting as a symbol of peace. But only once has a monarch’s grief been represented on UK coins. […]

The story of the King of the Morgan Dollars

You’ve probably heard all about the Morgan Dollar. It’s the ultimate classic American coin from the time of cowboys, outlaws and the frontier. It’s a huge collecting area with Morgan Dollars produced from 1878 to 1904 by various US Mints and then again in 1921. Millions were issued and millions were melted down – leaving […]

The weird and wonderful coins of the Berlin World Money Fair

Every year, thousands of coin collectors and hundreds of dealers and Mints descend upon the Estrel Exhibition Centre in Berlin for the World Money Fair. It’s a pretty intense few days of one meeting after an other, being shown countless coins – some from countries I’ve never even heard of. So what caught my eye […]

Britain’s first ever £1m coin

The £1m barrier has just been broken for a British coin for the first time, with an anonymous collector paying the princely sum at auction late last month. The coin’s price tag has almost doubled in just 6 years after it last sold for £516,000 in 2014. So what makes a coin worth £1m? Firstly, […]

The denomination not seen on a UK coin for almost 40 years

In 2019, The Royal Mint reintroduced something a lot of us will be familiar with, but had actually been absent from a UK coin for almost 40 years. Cast your mind back to (or dig out) old 50p or 2p coins and you’ll see two words at the top of the coin’s reverse – “NEW […]

Secrets, controversy and death – Queen Victoria on coins

Until our current Queen surpassed her, Queen Victoria was our longest reigning monarch. As a result, there were three major depictions of her on UK coinage, but the story of her portraits are much more intriguing than that. And those portraits tell a story of secrets, controversy and even death… You probably recognise the three […]

Why collectors are fascinated by UNIQUE EDITIONS

Coins with glow-in-the-dark technology, pieces of meteorite in them or the latest minting innovation all have one thing in common – they are unique editions. These unique editions are amongst the most collectable coins issued in recent years; coins with an undeniable “wow factor”. What makes them so collectable? These coins are miniature works of […]

The unknown coin that was amongst the first issued in Victoria’s reign

Victoria became Queen less than a month after her 18th birthday on 20 June 1837, but her first coins weren’t seen until a year later. Amongst those first coins issued in 1838 was a secret test piece that was completely unknown here in the UK. The Queen Victoria Silver Twopence The Silver 2d coin already […]