What makes the 1918 Sovereign so significant?

Just over a century ago, something happened with the Sovereign that wouldn’t be seen for another 95 years… The British Sovereign was struck in India. It’s a Sovereign that belongs in every serious collection, but first you need to know how to find one… You can identify a Bombay Sovereign by the “I” mint mark […]

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. […]

The story of the King of the Morgan Dollars

You’ve probably heard all about the Morgan Dollar. It’s the ultimate classic American coin from the time of cowboys, outlaws and the frontier. It’s a huge collecting area with Morgan Dollars produced from 1878 to 1904 by various US Mints and then again in 1921. Millions were issued and millions were melted down – leaving […]

Secrets, controversy and death – Queen Victoria on coins

Until our current Queen surpassed her, Queen Victoria was our longest reigning monarch. As a result, there were three major depictions of her on UK coinage, but the story of her portraits are much more intriguing than that. And those portraits tell a story of secrets, controversy and even death… You probably recognise the three […]

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 […]