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 […]

Can you pick the most collectable Sovereigns from this graph?

The Sovereign is without rival as the United Kingdom’s premier Gold Coin, with rich history dating back well over 500 years. It epitomises all that is British. Traded across the world during the 19th Century and early 20th Century, it became known as “The Chief Coin of the World”, whilst today’s modern Proof Sovereigns show […]

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 […]

Lost for almost a century – The legend of the Canadian Hoard

The first truly Canadian coin was struck between 1912 and 1914. It would be an interesting coin for any serious collector, given its first-of-a-kind status, but the story around the gold $10 coins struck over a century ago is one of mystery and discovery. It’s a story that has made the 1912-1914 Canadian Gold $10 […]

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 […]