Making a mark – The hidden symbols on coins

Every coin’s design tells a story, but sometimes if you look a little closer, you’ll see an additional feature in the form of a “mark”. But what are mint marks and privy marks? And what do they tell us about a coin? What’s in a mark? Marking a coin is not a new phenomenon. It […]

Dissecting a Design: The Queen’s 95th Birthday Sovereign

The brand new 2021 issue of the UK Gold Proof Sovereign has just been released and the design holds a couple of features sure to inspire a fast sell-out. Click on the points below to discover them… If you’re interested… You now have the opportunity to secure the 2021 Gold Proof Sovereign. Limited to just […]

How Covid-19 has changed coin collecting

Coin shortages, Mint closures, soaring metal prices and reduced issue programmes, these have all been impacts on the collector market as a direct result of Covid-19. But whilst the pandemic has had tragic health and economic consequences it is far from all doom and gloom for numismatic collectors. Here are the 4 ways coin collecting […]

Breaking News: The Official 2020 Remembrance Poppy Coins are here!

The official Royal British Legion Poppy Coin are one of the issues I look forward to seeing the most each year, not only are the designs always stunning, but 10% of every coin sold is donated to The Royal British Legion. Over the years, donations from the sales of these coins have contributed £1.1 million […]

The coin designed by the £1m artist

Coins are miniature pieces of art. That statement could not be more true in the case of a new gold issue from Canada… The Royal Canadian Mint recently released a stunning gold coin that was designed by an artist back in 1967. A painting by that same artist has just sold for almost £2m at […]

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 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 […]

The World’s First Rupert Bear 50p COMING SOON

A brand new British Isles 50p has just been announced. Although I can’t reveal too much right now, I can reveal a few details to whet your appetite… The new 50p coin celebrates one of Britain’s most iconic and best-loved characters – Rupert Bear. The design is currently a secret but will be revealed on […]

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, […]