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 […]

JUST RELEASED: The FIRST EVER Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 50p Coins

The FIRST EVER Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 50p coins have just been announced and I’ve never been more excited to be able to reveal the designs to you. Over 150 years ago the story of ‘Alice’ first came to life as author Lewis Carroll narrated his tale of nonsense to his very first listener, 10 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Unveiled today: The UK’s 2021 coin designs

The Royal Mint has just announced the UK’s new commemorative coins for 2021. Marking the year’s memorable events and anniversaries, here are the new themes and designs unveiled today: THE QUEEN’S 95th BIRTHDAY £5 Queen Elizabeth II is the UK’s longest reigning British monarch, having become queen on 6th February 1952. Her Majesty the Queen […]

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 – […]

David Bowie to be honoured on official UK coin…

The rumours are true. David Bowie will be honoured on an official UK coin. This is one of the most exciting UK releases I have ever seen. David Bowie was and still is about so much more than his music. He was a fearless, creative, inspirational icon that changed the lives of so many people. […]

Dissecting a Design: The coin that offended the Queen

To celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, it was decided that a change would be made to UK coinage. It was a big change, but it didn’t go smoothly. Click on the points below to find out more… If you’re interested… You can own an original 1887 Silver Crown for a price that may […]