How did the humble 50 pence piece become Britain’s most collectable coin?

For me, my fascination with the 50 pence coin all started with the 2012 Olympic Games. With the UK hosting them for the first time in over 60 years, the 2012 Olympics ignited our nation’s sense of patriotism as we watched the opening ceremony and revelled in all the fantastic British icons that were included. […]

The weird and wonderful coins of the Berlin World Money Fair

Every year, thousands of coin collectors and hundreds of dealers and Mints descend upon the Estrel Exhibition Centre in Berlin for the World Money Fair. It’s a pretty intense few days of one meeting after an other, being shown countless coins – some from countries I’ve never even heard of. So what caught my eye […]

The World’s First Rupert Bear 50p COMING SOON

A brand new British Isles 50p has just been announced. Although I can’t reveal too much right now, I can reveal a few details to whet your appetite… The new 50p coin celebrates one of Britain’s most iconic and best-loved characters – Rupert Bear. The design is currently a secret but will be revealed on […]

Britain’s first ever £1m coin

The £1m barrier has just been broken for a British coin for the first time, with an anonymous collector paying the princely sum at auction late last month. The coin’s price tag has almost doubled in just 6 years after it last sold for £516,000 in 2014. So what makes a coin worth £1m? Firstly, […]

The most talked about coin of all time?

One coin has dominated discussion over the last few months, probably more than any other coin I can remember. And those discussions are not just limited to coin collecting circles and online forums. This has been headline news. Now it’s here. Let me explain why I think this is such an important coin now and […]

Why who we are is important to the coins we collect

Coins are a lot of things – pieces of metal, currency, miniature works of art, an embodiment of our history, national identity. And sometimes they are all of those things and more. Sometimes a coin is issued that just means so much more to you. It’s an intangible thing. The Royal Mint has just issued […]

The denomination not seen on a UK coin for almost 40 years

In 2019, The Royal Mint reintroduced something a lot of us will be familiar with, but had actually been absent from a UK coin for almost 40 years. Cast your mind back to (or dig out) old 50p or 2p coins and you’ll see two words at the top of the coin’s reverse – “NEW […]

Unveiled today: The UK’s 2020 coin designs

The Royal Mint has just announced the UK’s new commemorative coins for 2020. Marking the year’s memorable events and anniversaries, here are the new themes and designs unveiled today: This special £5 coin has been issued to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the end of King George III’s reign. King George III was one of […]

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 […]