Royal Jubilees – the pinnacle of collecting events

Royal Jubilees are big business. Whether it’s with street parties or commemorative coins, the nation (and beyond) always marks them in quite some style. Thanks to Her Majesty’s record-breaking reign, we have been treated to a larger number of Jubilees than one might expect, with each one more remarkable than the last. Her next Jubilee […]

Dissecting a Design: The Sovereign with a 2,000+ year old design…

The Christmas Sovereign – three words I never thought I’d write, but the Isle of Man has just issued this stunning new Sovereign paying tribute to the most magical time of the year. Find out all about the 2,000+ year old design by clicking the points below. If you’re interested… You now have the chance […]

Brand new 2022 UK Gold Proof Sovereign SELLS OUT IN 9 HOURS

Yesterday, The Royal Mint launched the brand new 2022 Gold Proof Sovereign to pay homage to Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in February. 10,500 were made available at 9am. 10,500 were SOLD OUT by 6pm. That’s 1,167 Sovereigns bought per hour. 19 per minute. It’s surely the most collectable modern Sovereign. I’ve certainly never seen one […]

BREAKING NEWS: The 2022 Sovereign will feature a once in a lifetime design

I’ve just heard the 2022 Sovereign will feature a one-year-only design – a year dated depiction of the Royal Coat of Arms to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It’s rare that the Sovereign design changes from Pistrucci’s iconic St George and the Dragon, which makes this an extremely important issue for British and numismatic history. […]

The British Government’s plot to assassinate Queen Victoria?

Have you heard about the “Jubilee Plot”? It was a supposed plan to assassinate Queen Victoria during her Golden Jubilee celebration at Westminster Abbey on 20 June 1887. The perpetrators were allegedly radical Irish nationalists, but all was not what it seemed… 19th century “Black Ops”? It was reported in various newspapers at the time […]

Why Sunday will create a collecting boom

As much as my wife would prefer me not to be, I’m a huge football fan. I tend to remember my life by World Cups and I know I’m not alone in this. More than 20 million of us will watch the game on Sunday, hoping beyond all hope that we beat Italy. Whatever happens, […]

Britain’s most expensive coin

The record price paid for a British coin has just been broken with the sale of a rare Gold £5 in Texas. The £5 coin was never officially issued, being one of just 3 prototypes known to exist. It carried the year “1937”, which is the key to this coin’s attraction and record price. Edward […]

The Sovereign you have to pay £20,000 just to bid for

A Sovereign will be going under the hammer tomorrow that requires the bidder to pay £20,000 just to have the chance of owning it. It’s over 500 years old, is one of the earliest gold Sovereigns a collector could ever hope to own and it’s one of just three in the world that are not […]

Shipwreck Sovereigns – The coins that spent a century at the bottom of the sea

The Sovereign is one of the most storied coins in the world, including coins that shouldn’t exist, some that offended Kings and Queens and even one that contained a poisonous substance… But have you heard about the one that spent over 100 years on the seabed? The Shipwreck Sovereign In Victorian times, the Sovereign was […]

Making a mark – The hidden symbols on coins

Every coin’s design tells a story, but sometimes if you look a little closer, you’ll see an additional feature in the form of a “mark”. But what are mint marks and privy marks? And what do they tell us about a coin? What’s in a mark? Marking a coin is not a new phenomenon. It […]