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 […]

The coin 100,000 people queued for

On the morning of 19 February this year, something remarkable happened. I tried to access The Royal Mint website and was informed that I was in a queue with over 100,000 people in front of me and that I wouldn’t be able to access the website for well over an hour. It was all because […]

6 things you need to know about the Gold Maple Leaf

This year, one of the world’s most prestigious gold coins celebrates its 40th birthday, but what do you know about the Gold Maple Leaf and why is it so popular with collectors? Here are 6 things you need to know: 1 – It’s Canada’s most iconic coin, being issued annually since 1979 The Maple Leaf […]

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 […]