The day Peter Pan coins were everywhere

On 11 June, everyone from The Sun to Heart FM were talking about one thing – Peter Pan coins. Why were Peter, Hook and Tinkerbell the talk of the town and what does it mean for collectors? From Neverland to everywhere The world’s first Peter Pan coins have been issued in aid of Great Ormond […]

How to beat the counterfeiters

The history of counterfeit money is as old as currency itself and, despite the use of the most sophisticated modern technology, the battle still persists today between the banks and the fraudsters. There was almost £30m worth of fake “round” £1 coins in circulation at the time the new 12-sided £1 was introduced in March […]

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 coin 100,000 people queued for

On the morning of 19 February this year, something remarkable happened. I tried to access The Royal Mint website and was informed that I was in a queue with over 100,000 people in front of me and that I wouldn’t be able to access the website for well over an hour. It was all because […]

6 things you need to know about the Gold Maple Leaf

This year, one of the world’s most prestigious gold coins celebrates its 40th birthday, but what do you know about the Gold Maple Leaf and why is it so popular with collectors? Here are 6 things you need to know: 1 – It’s Canada’s most iconic coin, being issued annually since 1979 The Maple Leaf […]

Why the Moon landing anniversary will be the USA’s next collecting sensation

In 2014, the US Mint launched their first ever curved gold coin. Its design, curved to mimic a baseball, won the prestigious Coin of the Year award at the World Fair of Money in Berlin. Most importantly, 50,000 pieces sold out in 24 hours and collectors were literally fighting to get one after queueing for […]

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 […]

Kew Gardens – the rarest UK 50p – has just been reissued for 2019

This year, the 50p is celebrating its 50th birthday. To mark the occasion The Royal Mint has taken the unusual step of reissuing the most loved 50p designs from the last 50 years, bringing 5 coins together in one exclusive and limited edition set. They start with the original 1969 Britannia design and incorporate the […]

Unveiled today: The UK’s 2019 coin designs

The Royal Mint has just announced the UK’s new commemorative coins for 2019. Marking the year’s memorable events and anniversaries, here are the new themes and designs unveiled today: The 2019 DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year Set These coins deserve to be appreciated in Brilliant Uncirculated collector quality, which is why I recommend The 2019 DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year […]