When Sovereigns were produced all over the world

Although the Sovereign is Great Britain’s best-loved coin, few people realise that not all of them were struck in this country. 2016 is the 200th anniversary of the Great Recoinage Act 1816, which resulted in the introduction of the modern Sovereign in 1817, replacing the Guinea. The gold Sovereign reached the height of its prominence […]

A 145 ounce gold nugget has just been found

“I kept it in my oven on the first night.” These were the words of an Australian man who has just unearthed a 145-ounce gold nugget valued at AUS$250,000 (£145,000). “I thought it was rubbish at first, maybe an old horseshoe,” he said. “About 12 inches below the ground, I could just barely make out […]

As the gold price climbs, so do the number of fakes

Unsurprisingly, with the value of gold soaring unscrupulous types are trying to make a quick buck peddling counterfeit gold in the form of coins. Technology is making them easier to produce and harder to detect. The gold price has jumped by over 40% since the turn of the year, so the precious metal market is […]

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 […]

How the internet changed everything

I reported recently about the incredible 56-minute sell-out of the American Platinum Proof Eagle $100 Coin. Quite simply, that could not have happened 10 years ago, but the internet has hugely accelerated sell-outs. The Platinum Eagle sell-out was one of a number of examples we have seen this year alone where the coins have been […]

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 […]

Why are Americans jumping for this silver coin?

It’s not just gold experiencing a surge of interest right now. The Perth Mint has seen sales of silver coins double in the past year and even they have been surprised by the popularity of a new coin launched back in September. Launched in September, the one ounce Silver Kangaroo was Perth’s attempt to grab […]

A lot can happen in 56 minutes…

At midday on 30 June, The US Mint launched their brand new Platinum Proof 2016 American Eagle $100 coin. By 12:56 that same day, all 10,000 coins had been allocated. What happened next? I’m sure you can guess. The coins start popping up on eBay for a price far higher than the original US Mint […]

Gold price heading for all-time high?

I told you last week about gold reaching its highest price for 3 years and how financial experts believed it was only the start of a boom for gold. Now one investor has predicted that the gold price will reach an all-time high by the end of next year. Gold is seen as a safe […]

Brexit – Almost 2,000 years ago…

Brexit has sent shock waves around the world, but it’s not the first time Britain walked away from a united Europe… The Roman province of Britannia turned its back on Roman Control in 286AD, setting up an independent empire and the coins from the period tell the story. Most of Europe was united under the […]