Dissecting a Design: The stand out UK coin for the once-in-a-lifetime royal anniversary

Prince Philip’s and Queen Elizabeth II’s love story spanned decades, so when they celebrated their Platinum wedding anniversary in 2017 it was only natural that it would be marked with a UK release. But one coin stood out above all the rest. And it came with some interesting details. Click on the points below to […]

Dissecting a Design: The coin of the Gods – the Alexander the Great Silver Drachm

Undefeated in battle, Alexander the Great is one of history’s most successful military leaders. By the age of 30 he had built an empire stretching from Greece to north-west India. His coinage was key to the expansion of his empire and the design of the Silver Drachm holds fascinating reflections of his mythological beliefs and claims. […]

Dissecting a Design: Everything you need to know about the UK’s FIRST EVER Domed £5 Coin

The Royal Mint has just announced a ground-breaking new coin; The UK’s first ever domed £5 coin. First-of-a-kind coins are always ultra-collectable and UK firsts are so scarce that they create a real stir. Find out all about the design and the inspiration behind it by clicking on the points below. If you’re interested… You […]

Dissecting a Design: The most important £5 coin issued this year

The most important £5 coin issued this year. It’s a bold statement. But one I believe to be true of this Silver Proof coin released to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th birthday. This moment is crucial in our country’s history. As the longest reigning monarch the UK’s ever seen this coin will forever be a […]

Murder, battles and building an empire – The coins of Alexander the Great

“When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.” Undefeated in battle, Alexander the Great is one of history’s most successful military leaders. Succeeding his father as king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon at the tender age of 20, by the time he had […]

First Silver US Dollar sells for over $1m – and that looks a bargain

The famous 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar is widely acknowledged as being the first ever silver dollar coin. An example has just sold at auction for over $1m – one million times the coin’s face value. How does a coin with a scrap value of just $12 for its silver content become for millionaires only? […]

The day that changed UK coinage forever

The tanner. The shilling. The florin. The half crown. These were all everyday coins that were consigned to history overnight on 14 February. The next day, Britain “went decimal”. Do you remember Decimal Day? Did you go to bed on 14 February 1971 with 12 pennies to the shilling and 20 shillings to the pound […]

Dissecting a Design: The coin fit for a spy

This year has seen many unexpected changes in the film industry with some anticipated cinema releases going straight to streaming platforms and others postponed entirely. But I don’t think any film has made quite as many headlines as the twice-postponed 25th James Bond film; No Time to Die. Which makes the coins released to celebrate […]

Dissecting a Design: The best named coin you can find?

There is one coin that every serious American Numismatist owns. It’s the Morgan Dollar. Struck over 100 years ago, the Morgan Dollar represents the history of “old” America – of cowboys, outlaws and the frontier. Most serious collectors will have a Morgan Dollar in their collection, but very few will have the extremely rare – […]