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. His suggestion for gold bullion was to […]

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 […]

Why 2017 has been the year of the Sovereign

With the modern Gold Sovereign celebrating its bicentenary, 2017 always promised to be a good year for the coin, but it surpassed all expectations. The 2017 Proof Sovereign To mark the bicentenary of the modern Sovereign, the 2017 Proof Sovereign returned to the original Gold Sovereign design first released back in 1817. The Royal Mint […]

The fastest sell-outs of 2015… and my tips for 2016

It may frustrate collectors, but sell-outs are a fact of life in the coin world. When something has a set edition limit its supply is, by definition, limited, so if demand exceeds that supply you will see a coin sell out. Sometimes it happens very quickly. Here are five of the fastest sell-outs of 2015: […]

The US coins that caused collector uproar

There is one thing that frustrates collectors more than anything else… Here’s what happens – A mint announces that a coin will launch at a forthcoming show, but only small numbers will be available, so they advise collectors to get there early to make sure they get their coin. Fastforward to the show in question and […]

Why collectors have been counting down to today

Today is the day that Her Majesty becomes our longest reigning monarch of all time, bypassing the previous record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes set by her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria. The prospect of Her Majesty surpassing Queen Victoria’s time on the throne to become our longest reigning monarch seems to have […]

DateStamp™ Sovereign Sell-out

Earlier this year it was announced that the Queen’s portrait for our coinage was to change, which prompted huge demand amongst collectors for coins featuring the Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS portrait.  One of the most sought after issued was the 1st January DateStamp™ Sovereign  – which was already selling well and was over 75% allocated in December, long […]