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 […]

What you need to know about coin grading

VF-30, XF-45, AU-50, MS-70, PF-70… These are just some of the grades that a coin can be assigned. Quite frankly, it’s a minefield of acronyms and numbers, but I recommend you try to understand the basics of coin grading. Why? The same coin with even a slight difference in grade could be priced thousands of […]

Can you predict which coins are going to sell out?

Is it possible for collectors to predict which coins are going to sell out or is it all simply down to luck? Whilst nobody can predict with certainty which modern issues will capture the hearts and minds of collectors, you can certainly use experience to pick out the ones with the best sell-out potential. Whether […]

How a bear from darkest Peru is about to become the UK’s next collecting sensation

2 years ago, The Royal Mint released their first ever coloured 50p to mark Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday and caused a collecting frenzy… 15,000 Silver Proof Peter Rabbit 50p coins sold out in days in 2016, but that was reduced to mere hours for last year’s release, despite the edition limit doubling to 30,000. Demand […]

The scarce “second” Sovereign of 2015 that so many people missed out on

You may not know this, but there were two Proof Sovereigns released in 2015. The first, with Her Majesty’s 4th portrait, had an edition limit of 7,500. It didn’t sell out. The second Sovereign issued that year was the first ever to feature the current portrait of The Queen. It sold out its entire edition […]

The Expert Guides Series: Why Piedfort coins are a Portfolio essential

The scarcity of a coin is one of my top five criteria when selecting pieces to recommend for your Portfolio. As I explain in our free downloadable Expert Guide, edition limits play a vital part in creating a meaningful Portfolio. With significant edition limit reductions in comparison to their counterpart Proof issues, Piedfort coins are […]

This coin is angering a lot American collectors

The US Mint is receiving a lot of criticism from collectors right now and it is all stemming from the coin you see here. It’s the brand new 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin – one of three special centennial editions from the US Mint this year. Launched at midday on 21 April, collectors experienced […]

The Queen’s birthday £5 coin worth £4,500 sells out

The Royal Mint issued a rare and special coin for the Queen’s 90th birthday last month. Despite a price tag of £4,500, the coin sold out before Her Majesty even celebrated her big day. Why was the coin so special? It was a “Piedfort” – a coin struck to double the normal thickness. They are traditionally […]