Lost for almost a century – The legend of the Canadian Hoard

The first truly Canadian coin was struck between 1912 and 1914. It would be an interesting coin for any serious collector, given its first-of-a-kind status, but the story around the gold $10 coins struck over a century ago is one of mystery and discovery. It’s a story that has made the 1912-1914 Canadian Gold $10 […]

Is this Sovereign the “Greatest Gold Rarity of the British Empire”?

The 1920 Sydney Sovereign is the rarest gold Sovereign of them all and Australia’s most valuable coin, living up to its billing of the “Greatest Gold Rarity of the British Empire”. But why does a Sovereign with the same technical specifications as any other Sovereign command a fee in the hundreds of thousands? Look no […]

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 […]

Whatever you do with your coins, don’t do this

Recently, a very rare Morgan Dollar sold for $16,450 at auction. You’d think the seller would have been delighted, but it barely achieved half the price of the same coin at an auction in 2014. What went wrong? The coin, an 1892 Morgan Dollar from San Francisco – the rarest Morgan Dollar, had been “doctored” […]

Why collectors love the mistakes of others

A simple mistake can make an ordinary coin extraordinary. Tiny errors can result in big rewards for eagle-eyed collectors. If you consider for a moment how many coins are minted each year it’s unsurprising that an error sneaks through every now and again. The truth is that they are very, very rare, which means supply […]

New video – Coins of the month

Watch Alex pick out his favourite coins right now and explain why they are his top recommendations…    Click here for the East India Company Guinea Click here for the Gold Proof 50p Click here for the Queen Victoria Maundy Money

The mystery of the very first Peace Dollar

After the First World War, America wanted to produce a coin celebrating peace. It took them 3 years, but the result was the stunning silver Peace Dollar first issued in 1921. It’s a fascinating coin, not least because nobody knows what happened to the very first example… As was tradition, the first Peace Dollar struck […]