How a bear from darkest Peru is about to become the UK’s next collecting sensation

2 years ago, The Royal Mint released their first ever coloured 50p to mark Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday and caused a collecting frenzy… 15,000 Silver Proof Peter Rabbit 50p coins sold out in days in 2016, but that was reduced to mere hours for last year’s release, despite the edition limit doubling to 30,000. Demand […]

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 […]

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 […]

A coin like you’ve never seen before…

Specially commissioned for Britannia’s 20th Anniversary and already SOLD OUT Occasionally, a coin comes along that simply stops me in my tracks. The specially commissioned Silver Britannia struck for one year only to mark the iconic coin’s 20th Anniversary is one such example. Quite simply, it is enormous. It makes the normally large-looking five ounce […]

Why this 2018-dated Canadian silver coin has SOLD OUT already…

It’s only just turned October but one of Canada’s commemorative coins for next year has SOLD OUT already. Why? Because The Royal Canadian Mint has chosen to honour one of the most iconic designs from its history with a huge 5oz silver issue. The design in question is the “Voyageur” Dollar – seen on the […]

The Queen’s big milestone that’s 25,568 days in the making

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, celebrate 70 years of marriage on 20 November 2017. Or, to put it another way, 25,568 days. Or 613,632 hours. Or 36,817,920 minutes. The Queen and Prince Philip could have watched 409,000 football matches in the time they have been married. Or 708,000 episodes […]

Why the UK’s new 50p has such significance for The Royal Mint

The precious metal limited edition versions of the UK’s new official 50p launch today. It’s a coin that means more than most to The Royal Mint… The 50p features a stunning design based upon one of Isaac Newton’s key principles about gravitational pull. Newton is being honoured on a UK coin to mark the 375th […]

Why platinum coins are the pinnacle for so many collectors…

…and why they’re so scarce Whilst Gold is the most popular of the precious metals, Platinum is much, much rarer, making it the preferred choice for coin collectors looking for something that very few people can own. How rare is Platinum? Very. So rare, in fact, that all of the Platinum ever mined could fit […]

The Expert Guides Series: Why Piedfort coins are a Portfolio essential

The scarcity of a coin is one of my top five criteria when selecting pieces to recommend for your Portfolio. As I explain in our free downloadable Expert Guide, edition limits play a vital part in creating a meaningful Portfolio. With significant edition limit reductions in comparison to their counterpart Proof issues, Piedfort coins are […]