From a Defence Icon to a Numismatic Masterpiece

In support of The Royal British Legion ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’ Churchill 20 August 1940 Eighty years ago, from 10 July – 31 October 1940, Britain was forced to defend its shores against the onslaught of the German Luftwaffe that had already […]

Why Piedfort coins are a collector’s essential

The scarcity of a coin is one of the key components when considering its collectability. With significantly lower edition limits than their counterpart Proof issues, Piedfort coins are the essential choice for serious collectors. But what exactly are Piedfort coins and why are they so collectable? Double the thickness of a standard coin, Piedforts (pronounced […]

The Queen’s favourite…

It’s fair to say that Her Majesty has an enviable selection of jewellery and she’s certainly keen to display it when the chance presents itself. There is one piece of jewellery that many believe she favours above all the rest. It has been worn by a succession of royal women from the Queen Mother to […]

The denomination not seen on a UK coin for almost 40 years

In 2019, The Royal Mint reintroduced something a lot of us will be familiar with, but had actually been absent from a UK coin for almost 40 years. Cast your mind back to (or dig out) old 50p or 2p coins and you’ll see two words at the top of the coin’s reverse – “NEW […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Have you got your collector’s licence?

Don’t worry, you don’t actually need one today, but it wasn’t that long ago here in the UK that you did. Without one, you would be limited to owning just four gold coins issued after 1817. Unless you had a licence, but that wasn’t the easiest thing to obtain… The year it became illegal to […]