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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]