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 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 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 […]

This coin is angering a lot American collectors

The US Mint is receiving a lot of criticism from collectors right now and it is all stemming from the coin you see here. It’s the brand new 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin – one of three special centennial editions from the US Mint this year. Launched at midday on 21 April, collectors experienced […]

The Queen’s birthday £5 coin worth £4,500 sells out

The Royal Mint issued a rare and special coin for the Queen’s 90th birthday last month. Despite a price tag of £4,500, the coin sold out before Her Majesty even celebrated her big day. Why was the coin so special? It was a “Piedfort” – a coin struck to double the normal thickness. They are traditionally […]

Rare Coin Index beats the stock market

It has just been announced that an index tracking the value of 200 of the rarest British coins outperformed the FTSE 100 last year. The coin index, tracked by Stanley Gibbons, recorded a return of 6.2% in 2015, beating the FTSE 100, which lost 4.9%. Investment specialists point to coins being a classic heritage investment, […]