The unknown coin that was amongst the first issued in Victoria’s reign

Victoria became Queen less than a month after her 18th birthday on 20 June 1837, but her first coins weren’t seen until a year later. Amongst those first coins issued in 1838 was a secret test piece that was completely unknown here in the UK. The Queen Victoria Silver Twopence The Silver 2d coin already […]

Have you heard about the secret Sovereigns containing arsenic?

The Sovereign dates back over 500 years and, in that time, there have been numerous special issues and fascinating stories. But you probably don’t know the one about secret experiments done with gold containing traces of arsenic and lead that created a Sovereign said to be indestructible… It was 1859 and a new shipment of […]

The secret hiding on the most collected American coins

The Morgan Dollar is the ultimate American classic coin. First struck in 1878, it comes from the time of cowboys, outlaws and the frontier. It’s a numismatic classic recognised all over the world and one that holds a secret that only serious collectors know about… Each coin holds a secret Pick up any Morgan Dollar […]

The coins from the cutlery drawer

It’s 1646, the English Civil War is raging and Cromwell’s forces are laying siege to your town. The flow of money (and more) has all but stopped, but the people need to trade and soldiers need to be paid, so what do you do? You reach for the cutlery and cups… The fascinating story of […]

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 […]