The strange little-known fact about one of America’s most collected coins

There’s a Dollar coin that American collectors just can’t seem to get enough of. It’s one of the most important coins in US history. In fairness, it’s not surprising as it has an unrivalled collection of special characteristics that make it unique. It’s the 1900 Silver Lafayette Dollar and it also has a secret that […]

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 […]

If the most famous football match in the world had a coin toss…

Christmas Day, 1914 was a curious day. Instead of the usual dawn chorus of rifle fire across no man’s land, British troops in the trenches awoke to an eerie calm. As the sun rose, German soldiers called for their British counterparts to meet them in no man’s land. Fearing a slaughter, the British were understandably […]

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 […]