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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why collectors are fascinated by UNIQUE EDITIONS

Coins with glow-in-the-dark technology, pieces of meteorite in them or the latest minting innovation all have one thing in common – they are unique editions. These unique editions are amongst the most collectable coins issued in recent years; coins with an undeniable “wow factor”. What makes them so collectable? These coins are miniature works of […]

How do you make a coin that pulsates?

There are occasions when a new coin is launched that just stops people in their tracks. A coin that makes everyone ask “how did they even do that?” When I was in Chicago for the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money last month, I saw such a coin. It’s a coin that pulsates in […]

Announcement: Wallace and Gromit are coming to The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint have just announced that the iconic British duo, Wallace and Gromit are visiting The Royal Mint. Few details have been revealed yet but given the popularity of previous themed coins featuring beloved characters if they do feature on a coin it’s sure to be a ‘smashing’ hit. If you want to be […]

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 […]

The coin that I can’t explain

There are occasions when a new coin is launched that just stops people in their tracks. A coin that makes everyone ask “how did they even do that?” There’s a new coin that recreates the ornate ceiling of St Paul’s Cathedral in the most intricate detail you can imagine and I just can’t explain how […]