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 […]

Design doesn’t matter? Here are 7 coins to change your mind

Coins are miniature pieces of art. Often designed by some of the world’s leading artists and produced by craftsmen drawing on centuries of minting experience, you should never overlook the quality of a coin’s design. The best designs create demand and raise a coin from being just another issue into something exceptional. Don’t believe me? […]

A behind-the-scenes look at the specially commissioned Queen Victoria portraits

To mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, the Isle of Man exclusively commissioned renowned sculptor Luigi Badia to produce modern interpretations of the portraits used on our coinage during Victoria’s reign. The results are remarkable. Here you can take a behind-the-scenes look at how the portraits went from concept to coin. Stage 1 […]

The strange little-known fact about one of America’s most collected coins

There’s a Dollar coin that American collectors just can’t seem to get enough of. It’s one of the most important coins in US history. In fairness, it’s not surprising as it has an unrivalled collection of special characteristics that make it unique. It’s the 1900 Silver Lafayette Dollar and it also has a secret that […]

Is this Sovereign the “Greatest Gold Rarity of the British Empire”?

The 1920 Sydney Sovereign is the rarest gold Sovereign of them all and Australia’s most valuable coin, living up to its billing of the “Greatest Gold Rarity of the British Empire”. But why does a Sovereign with the same technical specifications as any other Sovereign command a fee in the hundreds of thousands? Look no […]

The man who almost buried the Sovereign

The “modern” Sovereign was introduced in 1817, but there was a very real threat to its existence just 2 years later. Prominent economist David Ricardo proposed the total abandonment of gold coins in favour of banknotes in 1819 – a move that could have completely buried the Sovereign. His suggestion for gold bullion was to […]

If the most famous football match in the world had a coin toss…

Christmas Day, 1914 was a curious day. Instead of the usual dawn chorus of rifle fire across no man’s land, British troops in the trenches awoke to an eerie calm. As the sun rose, German soldiers called for their British counterparts to meet them in no man’s land. Fearing a slaughter, the British were understandably […]

Why these 9 gold coins tell a story that changed the world…

The East India Company, formed over 400 years ago, transformed the world and helped to grow the British Empire into the biggest empire the world has seen. Now The East India Company has issued The Coins of the Empire Collection, a brand new, limited edition set of nine 24-carat gold coins which tell the story […]

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. […]