Whatever you do with your coins, don’t do this

Recently, a very rare Morgan Dollar sold for $16,450 at auction. You’d think the seller would have been delighted, but it barely achieved half the price of the same coin at an auction in 2014. What went wrong? The coin, an 1892 Morgan Dollar from San Francisco – the rarest Morgan Dollar, had been “doctored” […]

Why collectors love the mistakes of others

A simple mistake can make an ordinary coin extraordinary. Tiny errors can result in big rewards for eagle-eyed collectors. If you consider for a moment how many coins are minted each year it’s unsurprising that an error sneaks through every now and again. The truth is that they are very, very rare, which means supply […]

Why the coin I’m looking at is worth over $3m

I’m in Philadelphia for the American Numismatic Association’s World Fair of Money. The primary reason for my trip is to meet with all the world’s leading mints and dealers, but I couldn’t resist a quick visit to the show itself, especially with a $3m coin on display. Without further ado, let me introduce you to […]

Have you heard of the 130 year old lucky coin that shouldn’t exist?

There are countless coins thought to be lucky, but one has such an enduring story that collectors seek it generation after generation. The Silver Sixpence was first issued in 1551 and was soon adopted as a lucky charm to ward off evil spirits, especially during rites of passage, such as weddings. That tradition continues to […]

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 […]