The day that changed UK coinage forever

The tanner. The shilling. The florin. The half crown. These were all everyday coins that were consigned to history overnight on 14 February. The next day, Britain “went decimal”. Do you remember Decimal Day? Did you go to bed on 14 February 1971 with 12 pennies to the shilling and 20 shillings to the pound […]

Britain’s first ever £1m coin

The £1m barrier has just been broken for a British coin for the first time, with an anonymous collector paying the princely sum at auction late last month. The coin’s price tag has almost doubled in just 6 years after it last sold for £516,000 in 2014. So what makes a coin worth £1m? Firstly, […]

The scarce “second” Sovereign of 2015 that so many people missed out on

You may not know this, but there were two Proof Sovereigns released in 2015. The first, with Her Majesty’s 4th portrait, had an edition limit of 7,500. It didn’t sell out. The second Sovereign issued that year was the first ever to feature the current portrait of The Queen. It sold out its entire edition […]

Why the RAF is in the collecting spotlight

Today marks the centenary of the world’s first ever independent air force, the RAF. I’m sure you’ll agree, the Royal Air Force is still as important today as it was when it was first formed in 1918, protecting the skies above Britain and lending a hand in time of need – in recent winter storms […]

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 the UK’s Sapphire Jubilee issues sold out in record time

On 6th February 2017 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee, becoming the first ever British monarch to reign for 65 years. The Royal Mint produced a range of Proof commemorative coins struck in silver and gold to mark the occasion. Securing one of these commemorative coins will prove difficult however, with all […]

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 […]

Design changes – The guarantee for Sovereign collectability

The brand new 2017 UK Proof Sovereign features a one-year-only design to mark the bicentenary of the modern Sovereign and it sold out within a month of release. The Royal Mint returned to the original Gold Sovereign design first released right back in 1817. It features Benedetto Pistrucci’s original garter design, surrounding the St. George […]

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 […]