4 reasons The Royal Mint’s brand-new Sovereign issue will create collecting hysteria

Five years ago, The Royal Mint released a special version of its flagship Gold Sovereign that sold out within 24 hours of launch. Now, they’ve reintroduced this scarce coin for 2022, and we’re set to see the same hysteria and demand. The double-thickness Gold Proof Sovereign Known as the Piedfort Sovereign, the coin is struck […]

The war hero who features on both a UK banknote, and now a 50p coin

Known for accelerating Allied efforts to read German naval messages, Alan Turing led a team at Bletchley park that eventually cracked the code to the Enigma machine. The Engima machine was a device that encrypted German messages, and without breaking it, it is thought that Britain and its allies might not have countered the German […]

The Sovereign everyone mistakenly thinks is a mistake

“My coin has an error. One of the sides is upside down!” If you’ve had that thought when looking at certain coins, don’t worry you’re not alone. The “upside down coin” question is one of the most common we’re asked. In almost all cases, it’s never a mistake, but the alignment style decided by the […]

Technological advances of Victorian Britain, celebrated on a £5 coin

The Industrial Revolution rapidly gained pace during Queen Victoria’s reign all because of the power of steam. Victorian engineers developed bigger, faster and more powerful machines that could run whole factories. This led to a massive increase in the number of factories (particularly in textile factories or mills) in Britain. By 1870, over 100,000 steam […]

The largest coin ever produced by The Royal Mint

This year I’ve seen a huge range of coins issued to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, but I’ve never seen anything like this… In fact, there’s not been anything like this before in The Royal Mint’s 1,100-year history. Earlier today, The Royal Mint unveiled the largest coin it has ever produced. The gold coin, with a […]

Dissecting a Design: The coin we should think of when watching Christmas TV…

Have you worked out your Christmas TV schedule yet? Is there a Bond movie on? Maybe you’ll just be tuning in to the Boxing Day football. None of it would have been possible without John Logie Baird. The Royal Mint issued a coin celebrating his life and achievements this year and it featured an exceptional […]

Dissecting a Design: The coin fit for a spy

This year has seen many unexpected changes in the film industry with some anticipated cinema releases going straight to streaming platforms and others postponed entirely. But I don’t think any film has made quite as many headlines as the twice-postponed 25th James Bond film; No Time to Die. Which makes the coins released to celebrate […]

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 […]