Rare gold coin dropped in Christmas charity box

The Salvation Army announced that they received a very generous present just before Christmas – somebody dropped a rare gold coin in one of their counter charity boxes a week before Christmas. The generous donation came in the form of the world’s most famous gold coin – the Krugerrand. The coin, struck from 1oz of […]

The day that changed UK coinage forever

The tanner. The shilling. The florin. The half crown. These were all everyday coins that were consigned to history overnight on 14 February. The next day, Britain “went decimal”. Do you remember Decimal Day? Did you go to bed on 14 February 1971 with 12 pennies to the shilling and 20 shillings to the pound […]

Dissecting a Design: The coin fit for a spy

This year has seen many unexpected changes in the film industry with some anticipated cinema releases going straight to streaming platforms and others postponed entirely. But I don’t think any film has made quite as many headlines as the twice-postponed 25th James Bond film; No Time to Die. Which makes the coins released to celebrate […]

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 […]

David Bowie to be honoured on official UK coin…

The rumours are true. David Bowie will be honoured on an official UK coin. This is one of the most exciting UK releases I have ever seen. David Bowie was and still is about so much more than his music. He was a fearless, creative, inspirational icon that changed the lives of so many people. […]

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 […]

Will this be another record-breaking Winnie the Pooh Collectable?

The official UK Winnie the Pooh 50p Coin has just been released and I think it will become the most collectable 50p ever. There is something about the friendly little bear that made the world fall in love with him from his very first appearance and we can’t get enough of collectables featuring him and […]

From a Defence Icon to a Numismatic Masterpiece

In support of The Royal British Legion ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’ Churchill 20 August 1940 Eighty years ago, from 10 July – 31 October 1940, Britain was forced to defend its shores against the onslaught of the German Luftwaffe that had already […]

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 […]