Why Piedfort coins are a collector’s essential

The scarcity of a coin is one of the key components when considering its collectability. With significantly lower edition limits than their counterpart Proof issues, Piedfort coins are the essential choice for serious collectors. But what exactly are Piedfort coins and why are they so collectable? Double the thickness of a standard coin, Piedforts (pronounced […]

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 […]

The weird and wonderful coins of the Berlin World Money Fair

Every year, thousands of coin collectors and hundreds of dealers and Mints descend upon the Estrel Exhibition Centre in Berlin for the World Money Fair. It’s a pretty intense few days of one meeting after an other, being shown countless coins – some from countries I’ve never even heard of. So what caught my eye […]

The most talked about coin of all time?

One coin has dominated discussion over the last few months, probably more than any other coin I can remember. And those discussions are not just limited to coin collecting circles and online forums. This has been headline news. Now it’s here. Let me explain why I think this is such an important coin now and […]

Why who we are is important to the coins we collect

Coins are a lot of things – pieces of metal, currency, miniature works of art, an embodiment of our history, national identity. And sometimes they are all of those things and more. Sometimes a coin is issued that just means so much more to you. It’s an intangible thing. The Royal Mint has just issued […]

BREXIT COIN ANNOUNCED: Brand new 50p to be released

A brand new BREXIT 50p coin is to be issued to mark Britain’s exit from the European Union. The Royal Proclamation has just been passed confirming the new coin. Although announced by the former chancellor Philip Hammond in last year’s Budget, this is the first official confirmation from The Royal Mint that the coin is […]

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 […]

Secrets of the trade: Making a Masterpiece

I see so many coins each year that something has to really stand out to catch my eye. That’s why the official Royal British Legion “Masterpiece” Poppy ranks among my top recommendations each year. It features such sophisticated and advanced craftsmanship that the minting technique remains a closely guarded secret, but let’s see if we […]

How 1969 became the number of the 50p sell-out

Man landing on the moon, The Beatles playing their rooftop finale, nearly 400,000 people flocking to Woodstock and Concorde flying for the first time all happened in 1969. But for coin collectors one thing from 1969 stands out above all the rest – the very first 50p coin being introduced. Decimal coins had already begun […]

The world record breaker coming back to a UK 50p coin

A new coin world record was set on 19 February 2019. That was the day the Gruffalo Silver Proof 50p was released. Over 100,000 people queued on The Royal Mint website to try and get hold of a Gruffalo coin, but only 25,000 managed to secure the Silver Proof 50p. That was the whole edition […]