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 […]

The story of The East India Company and why their coins are like gold dust

I don’t know about you, but I’m fascinated by our country’s history, especially when coins are involved (which they usually are). As a result, there is one business trip I enjoy more than any other. It’s not Canada, nor America and not even Australia. No, it’s just up the road to the Mayfair area of […]

Unveiled today: The UK’s 2018 coin designs

The Royal Mint has just announced the UK’s new circulating coins for 2018. Marking the year’s memorable events and anniversaries, here are the new themes and designs unveiled today: The 2018 DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year Set These coins deserve to be appreciated in Brilliant Uncirculated collector quality, which is why I recommend The 2018 DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year […]

My favourite coins of the year

It has been an important year for collectors, with big collecting events like The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee at the start of the year and her and Prince Philip’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary just last month. Between those two events, the first ever double-thickness (Piedfort) Sovereign was issued and sold out immediately and now, as the year […]

My top 3 recommendations for the biggest collecting event of the year

One event has dominated the collecting landscape this year – Her Majesty’s 70th Wedding Anniversary. But how do you know which coins commemorating the event to add to your collection? It’s impossible to own all of them with coins issued from here to Australia and back again, so I have picked out my top 3 […]

The first ever Gold Proof Sovereign to feature a mint mark

6 November 2017 saw the release of the brand new Gold Proof Sovereign – the 2018 release is particularly important. To mark the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation, The Royal Mint have issued the Proof Sovereign with a unique one-year-only “65 Crown” mint mark. There has never been a mint mark of this kind […]

Why 2017 has been the year of the Sovereign

With the modern Gold Sovereign celebrating its bicentenary, 2017 always promised to be a good year for the coin, but it surpassed all expectations. The 2017 Proof Sovereign To mark the bicentenary of the modern Sovereign, the 2017 Proof Sovereign returned to the original Gold Sovereign design first released back in 1817. The Royal Mint […]