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 […]

Kew Gardens – the rarest UK 50p – has just been reissued for 2019

This year, the 50p is celebrating its 50th birthday. To mark the occasion The Royal Mint has taken the unusual step of reissuing the most loved 50p designs from the last 50 years, bringing 5 coins together in one exclusive and limited edition set. They start with the original 1969 Britannia design and incorporate the […]

Unveiled today: The UK’s 2019 coin designs

The Royal Mint has just announced the UK’s new commemorative coins for 2019. Marking the year’s memorable events and anniversaries, here are the new themes and designs unveiled today: The 2019 DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year Set These coins deserve to be appreciated in Brilliant Uncirculated collector quality, which is why I recommend The 2019 DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year […]

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 […]

Why these 9 gold coins tell a story that changed the world…

The East India Company, formed over 400 years ago, transformed the world and helped to grow the British Empire into the biggest empire the world has seen. Now The East India Company has issued The Coins of the Empire Collection, a brand new, limited edition set of nine 24-carat gold coins which tell the story […]

My top 3 tips for 2018 coins you shouldn’t miss

With the year quickly drawing to a close, now is the time to make sure you don’t miss out on 2018’s most collectable coins. I have picked out just 3 coins that should be in your collection and I will reveal them over the next few weeks, detailing what makes each coin so exceptional. The […]

The 50p of the People

The precious metal limited edition versions of the UK’s new official 50p coin are released today. A 50p of the people, the new 2018 50p commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act. The 1918 Representation of the People Act Largely considered as the trigger that eventually won all women the vote […]

The Record Breaking Queen

Her Majesty The Queen is about to celebrate the first ever Platinum Wedding Anniversary with Prince Philip – an incredible 70 years of marriage. Queen Elizabeth II is no stranger to reaching remarkable milestones. She is the longest reigning monarch in British history, as well as the longest reigning female monarch and the oldest current […]

The Expert Guides Series: Your Guide to Collecting from International Mints

When assessing a coin’s potential, the first thing I do is look at the issuing country to make sure there is a strong tradition of numismatic heritage. This ensures the greatest potential for long-term interest. As a result, I generally restrict my recommendations to British Isles, United States, Canadian, South African and Australian coins, which […]

Why Prince Philip coins are so important to collectors

Today is Prince Philip’s final engagement before retiring from public duty. Following the announcement from the Palace back in May confirming his retirement, brand new coins have been announced to honour his record-breaking 70 years of service to the Crown. The news has been met with excitement from collectors because Prince Philip coins are amongst […]