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 […]

What Royal Mint sell-outs mean for the new £1 Coin

It’s just a month to go until the Royal Mint releases the first of the new 12-sided £1 coins into circulation and it’s already causing considerable excitement amongst collectors. With 1.4 billion new coins due to hit the streets, getting hold of a new shiny £1 coin is not going to be much of a […]

Why you should own “unpopular” coins

This may come as a surprise, but an “unpopular” coin that sells very few can be a real hidden gem for your Portfolio if you find the right one. Of course, a quick sell-out creates instant and on-going demand for a coin, however there are a number of coins that have become scarce simply because […]

Unveiled today: The UK’s 2017 coin designs

The Royal Mint has just announced the UK’s new circulating coins for 2017. Marking the year’s memorable events and anniversaries, here are the new themes and designs unveiled today: The 2017 DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year Set These coins deserve to be appreciated in Brilliant Uncirculated collector quality, which is why I recommend The 2017 DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year […]

Rarest British coin ever made found

The rarest British coin ever made has been found. In a 4-year-old’s toy treasure chest… The coin, a Queen Anne Vigo coin, was passed on to a 35-year-old labourer from Essex by his late grandfather. He gave the coin to his 4-year-old son to play with when he bought him a toy treasure chest. Fortunately, he took […]

The world’s largest silver coin

The world’s largest silver coin – weighing a full 1,750 ounces – has just been sold. Limited to just 15 coins, each one is a piece of art measuring 650mm in diameter. That’s over 2 feet. It weighs a staggering 109lb. The Ivory Coast Silver Elephant coin, minted in Germany, is struck from pure silver. […]

The historic Royal Visit to Canada

The first official royal tour undertaken by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with their two children may have ended last week, but a coin issued to commemorate the historic occasion shows no sign of slowing down. Issued by The Royal Canadian Mint, it features a cutting-edge full colour application on the reverse recreating Chris Jelf’s iconic […]

10 million coins sold

I reported two months ago how how the American market was going wild for a brand new silver bullion coin from Australia. The Australians predicted sales of 5 million units in their first year of issue, but sales have just passed the 10 million mark. The one ounce Silver Kangaroo, issued by The Perth Mint […]

The Million Dollar Sell-out

Sell-outs are always a hot topic in the world and, as I reported last week, the internet has revolutionised the way the world buys coins and greatly impacted the speed of sell-outs, with 10,000 coins selling in under an hour now a reality. That particular sell-out was $1m worth of coins, but why sell 10,000 […]

You toss a coin into a fountain – where does it end up?

Throw a Penny into a fountain, make a wish and it may come true, but what happens to your coin and the thousands upon thousands that join it each year? Possibly the most famous example is the iconic Trevi fountain in Rome. For generations, people have stood by the fountain and thrown coins over their […]