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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The fastest sell-outs of 2015… and my tips for 2016

It may frustrate collectors, but sell-outs are a fact of life in the coin world. When something has a set edition limit its supply is, by definition, limited, so if demand exceeds that supply you will see a coin sell out. Sometimes it happens very quickly. Here are five of the fastest sell-outs of 2015: […]

The US coins that caused collector uproar

There is one thing that frustrates collectors more than anything else… Here’s what happens – A mint announces that a coin will launch at a forthcoming show, but only small numbers will be available, so they advise collectors to get there early to make sure they get their coin. Fastforward to the show in question and […]

US Mint announces Quarter Ounce Eagle Sell-out

Last week the US Mint announced that the 2015 Quarter Ounce Gold Bullion American Eagle had sold out, with sales reaching 152,000 – 34,000 more than 2014’s total. The US Mint informed bullion dealers on the 13th that all stock of Quarter Ounce Gold Bullion Eagles had sold out and no more of these were […]