Can you spot the difference between these Sovereigns?

An awful lot of Sovereigns have been issued during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign – over 50 different individual years and that’s before you consider all the various finishes from bullion to Proof. There have been many significant Sovereigns during her record-breaking reign that could lay claim to being the most important QEII Sovereign, […]

When grief took over UK coinage

Every coin tells a story. Some have designs loaded with symbolism, such as a sword signalling a country’s strength, wreaths made up of the region or country’s main agricultural crops of the time or an olive branch acting as a symbol of peace. But only once has a monarch’s grief been represented on UK coins. […]

The weird and wonderful coins of the Berlin World Money Fair

Every year, thousands of coin collectors and hundreds of dealers and Mints descend upon the Estrel Exhibition Centre in Berlin for the World Money Fair. It’s a pretty intense few days of one meeting after an other, being shown countless coins – some from countries I’ve never even heard of. So what caught my eye […]

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, […]

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 […]

Why Sovereign launch day is marked on every collector’s calendar

Today is one of the most important days in any coin collector’s year – the day the brand new UK Gold Proof Sovereign is released. Quite simply, the Gold Sovereign is without rival as the United Kingdom’s premier Gold Coin. Struck from 22 Carat Gold to the exact same specification since 1817, it epitomises all […]

Have you heard about the secret Sovereigns containing arsenic?

The Sovereign dates back over 500 years and, in that time, there have been numerous special issues and fascinating stories. But you probably don’t know the one about secret experiments done with gold containing traces of arsenic and lead that created a Sovereign said to be indestructible… It was 1859 and a new shipment of […]

Can you pick the most collectable Sovereigns from this graph?

The Sovereign is without rival as the United Kingdom’s premier Gold Coin, with rich history dating back well over 500 years. It epitomises all that is British. Traded across the world during the 19th Century and early 20th Century, it became known as “The Chief Coin of the World”, whilst today’s modern Proof Sovereigns show […]

Is this Sovereign the “Greatest Gold Rarity of the British Empire”?

The 1920 Sydney Sovereign is the rarest gold Sovereign of them all and Australia’s most valuable coin, living up to its billing of the “Greatest Gold Rarity of the British Empire”. But why does a Sovereign with the same technical specifications as any other Sovereign command a fee in the hundreds of thousands? Look no […]

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 […]