Secrets, controversy and death – Queen Victoria on coins

Until our current Queen surpassed her, Queen Victoria was our longest reigning monarch. As a result, there were three major depictions of her on UK coinage, but the story of her portraits are much more intriguing than that. And those portraits tell a story of secrets, controversy and even death… You probably recognise the three […]

Secrets of the trade: Making a Masterpiece

I see so many coins each year that something has to really stand out to catch my eye. That’s why the official Royal British Legion “Masterpiece” Poppy ranks among my top recommendations each year. It features such sophisticated and advanced craftsmanship that the minting technique remains a closely guarded secret, but let’s see if we […]

How 1969 became the number of the 50p sell-out

Man landing on the moon, The Beatles playing their rooftop finale, nearly 400,000 people flocking to Woodstock and Concorde flying for the first time all happened in 1969. But for coin collectors one thing from 1969 stands out above all the rest – the very first 50p coin being introduced. Decimal coins had already begun […]

Why Sovereign launch day is marked on every collector’s calendar

Today is one of the most important days in any coin collector’s year – the day the brand new UK Gold Proof Sovereign is released. Quite simply, the Gold Sovereign is without rival as the United Kingdom’s premier Gold Coin. Struck from 22 Carat Gold to the exact same specification since 1817, it epitomises all […]

The world record breaker coming back to a UK 50p coin

A new coin world record was set on 19 February 2019. That was the day the Gruffalo Silver Proof 50p was released. Over 100,000 people queued on The Royal Mint website to try and get hold of a Gruffalo coin, but only 25,000 managed to secure the Silver Proof 50p. That was the whole edition […]

Why collectors are fascinated by UNIQUE EDITIONS

Coins with glow-in-the-dark technology, pieces of meteorite in them or the latest minting innovation all have one thing in common – they are unique editions. These unique editions are amongst the most collectable coins issued in recent years; coins with an undeniable “wow factor”. What makes them so collectable? These coins are miniature works of […]

The coin that I can’t explain

There are occasions when a new coin is launched that just stops people in their tracks. A coin that makes everyone ask “how did they even do that?” There’s a new coin that recreates the ornate ceiling of St Paul’s Cathedral in the most intricate detail you can imagine and I just can’t explain how […]

Have you heard about the secret Sovereigns containing arsenic?

The Sovereign dates back over 500 years and, in that time, there have been numerous special issues and fascinating stories. But you probably don’t know the one about secret experiments done with gold containing traces of arsenic and lead that created a Sovereign said to be indestructible… It was 1859 and a new shipment of […]

The secret hiding on the most collected American coins

The Morgan Dollar is the ultimate American classic coin. First struck in 1878, it comes from the time of cowboys, outlaws and the frontier. It’s a numismatic classic recognised all over the world and one that holds a secret that only serious collectors know about… Each coin holds a secret Pick up any Morgan Dollar […]

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 […]