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. Portrait of David Ricardo – 1817 George […]

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 […]

When grief took over UK coinage

Every coin tells a story. Some have designs loaded with symbolism, such as a sword signalling a country’s strength, wreaths made up of the region or country’s main agricultural crops of the time or an olive branch acting as a symbol of peace. But only once has a monarch’s grief been represented on UK coins. […]

Why the Sovereign is the UK’s sell-out King of Coins

More of our clients choose to build a collection of Gold Sovereigns than any other coin to date. Why? Quite simply, the Gold Sovereign is without rival as the United Kingdom’s premier Gold Coin. Struck from 22 Carat Gold to the exact same specification since 1817, it epitomises all that is British. Traded across the […]

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 […]

New video – Coins of the month June 2018

This month, Alex takes a look at the Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence, a rare Edward VII Gold Sovereign and an unusual 1815 dated Louis XVIII Gold 20 Franc coin. Find out why they are the top 3 coins of the month.   For more information, please click the following links: Queen Victoria Silver Sixpence Pair […]

The scarce “second” Sovereign of 2015 that so many people missed out on

You may not know this, but there were two Proof Sovereigns released in 2015. The first, with Her Majesty’s 4th portrait, had an edition limit of 7,500. It didn’t sell out. The second Sovereign issued that year was the first ever to feature the current portrait of The Queen. It sold out its entire edition […]

My favourite coins of the year

It has been an important year for collectors, with big collecting events like The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee at the start of the year and her and Prince Philip’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary just last month. Between those two events, the first ever double-thickness (Piedfort) Sovereign was issued and sold out immediately and now, as the year […]