Design changes – The guarantee for Sovereign collectability


The 2017 Proof Sovereign – Already sold out at The Mint

The brand new 2017 UK Proof Sovereign features a one-year-only design to mark the bicentenary of the modern Sovereign and it sold out within a month of release.

The Royal Mint returned to the original Gold Sovereign design first released right back in 1817. It features Benedetto Pistrucci’s original garter design, surrounding the St. George and the Dragon engraving that is still considered synonymous with the Gold Sovereign today.

But the significance of this is much more than simply a beautiful design. Gold Sovereign design changes (of which there have only been 4 others during the whole of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign) have become some of the most collectable modern issues.

That has been borne out again by the fact that the brand new 2017 Proof Bicentenary Sovereign has already sold out it’s entire edition limit of 10,500 individual coins.

And if you take price as an indicator of scarcity, it’s clear which Sovereigns top the list in terms of collectability – a fact that is reflected in their Coin Portfolio Management selling prices today.


This graph shows the Coin Portfolio Management selling prices of the 4 most collectable modern Sovereigns and The Royal Mint issue price for 2017

We have already seen the price of the 2017 UK Proof Sovereign jump from its initial Royal Mint release price of £430 to its current price of £695.

Creating a Modern Classic

Every time The Royal Mint has issued a Sovereign with a one-year-only design they have they’ve created a modern classic.

This is the fifth design change on the UK Proof Sovereign in the last 30 years and it looks certain to become as sought-after as the other four that feature a one-year-only design that will never be seen again.

Demand for these coins is stronger than ever today because they are so difficult to find, which is why they command a high price on the secondary market. Collectors wishing to compile a complete Sovereign collection simply have to have them and there is a big pool of collectors and investors who only focus on these one-year specials.

That’s why the 2017 UK Proof Sovereign will be a future classic.

2017-sovereign-boxCoin Portfolio Management still has limited stocks of the 2017 UK Proof Sovereign

Due to careful buying we still have limited numbers of the sold out 2017 UK Proof Sovereign available for Coin Portfolio Management clients.

Click here to find out more and secure the SOLD OUT 2017 UK Proof Sovereign for your Portfolio.

Released Today: The 2017 Bicentenary Sovereign

Revealed at the end of the abridged history of the Gold Sovereign with this infographic, find out why this new release is the most important Sovereign for years.


If you own just one Sovereign, this should be it…

Don’t miss your chance to own the one-year-only Bicentenary Proof Sovereign. It is going to be one of the most collectable UK gold coins of this century.

Click here to reserve yours.


The Million Dollar Sell-out

Kimberley TreasureSell-outs are always a hot topic in the world and, as I reported last week, the internet has revolutionised the way the world buys coins and greatly impacted the speed of sell-outs, with 10,000 coins selling in under an hour now a reality.

That particular sell-out was $1m worth of coins, but why sell 10,000 coins to get to $1m when you can do it with just one? That’s exactly what The Perth Mint in Australia have just done.

They produced a new diamond-encrusted, one kilogram gold coin.

It’s the world’s first coin to feature a rare red diamond from Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine and it sold within 48 hours of its unveiling.

The 99.99% pure gold coin, known as the Kimberley Treasure, depicts a kangaroo holding a 0.54 carat red gemstone between its front paws, with Queen Elizabeth II pictured on the obverse.

Apart from its status as a one-off collector’s item, the coin is also legal tender in Australia.

It was purchased by a Dubai-based company specialising in rare coloured diamonds, unique collectibles and heirloom pieces of jewellery.

However, the Kimberley Treasure will be exhibited at the Perth Mint until August 14.


Your chance to own a unique coin for just £495

2016 $50 Fine Silver Coin - Murano Maple Leaf - Autumn Radiance ReverseThe 1kg gold Kimberley Treasure is a one off, but you can have a unique gold coin for just £495.

This is the new 5oz Silver Maple Leaf coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. They have produced a coin featuring beautiful Murano glass for the very first time and due to the way in which the glass is produced, no two coins are the same, so your coin will be unique.

Unsurprisingly, it has already sold out at the Mint and I have just 15 available.

Click here to find out more and make one of them yours

How the internet changed everything

SoldoutI reported recently about the incredible 56-minute sell-out of the American Platinum Proof Eagle $100 Coin.

Quite simply, that could not have happened 10 years ago, but the internet has hugely accelerated sell-outs. The Platinum Eagle sell-out was one of a number of examples we have seen this year alone where the coins have been sold in a flash.

Where once we were dealing in days, weeks and months for a coin to sell out, it’s now common for it to be measured in hours or even minutes because of the internet’s massive reach.

The fast sell-outs are not the only consequence of the internet’s power though. Essentially, you have a three-fold spiralling effect:

  1. Instant mass promotion leads to very fast sell-outs
  2. Internet enables the instant dissemination of that sell out, which increases the hype around the coin
  3. Internet enables instant re-sell meaning that prices benefit from the hype and in turn add fuel to the fire

The result is a much faster and more difficult market than it used to be. Never do you need the expertise of Coin Portfolio Management more.

Whether keeping you up-to-date with new releases or unearthing classic coins with long-term collector interest, we can make sure you are best placed to add the must-have coins to your Portfolio.

P597 in boxOur clients are among the very first people to know about rare releases, exclusive limited editions and impending sell-outs. In short, we’re here to give you the inside track.

Here’s a prime example…

This is the UK’s Official Queen’s 90th Birthday Silver Proof £10 Coin.

It had an edition limit of 1,250, but it no longer available at the Mint.

We have just 10 available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here to find out more and make one yours

You toss a coin into a fountain – where does it end up?

TreviThrow a Penny into a fountain, make a wish and it may come true, but what happens to your coin and the thousands upon thousands that join it each year?

Possibly the most famous example is the iconic Trevi fountain in Rome. For generations, people have stood by the fountain and thrown coins over their shoulder.

The BBC reported 10 years ago that as much as €3,000 would be scooped out each night.

Caritas, a charity, uses the money to fund a free supermarket for the city’s poor.

Charitable causes like this are the most common destination for your spare change tossed into fountains, with park or fountain upkeep also being a regular policy.

However, not all coins make it so far… Fountains in New York parks are cleared every few weeks, but most coins are removed by “entrepreneurial” New Yorkers long before any clearing takes place!


Here’s one coin you definitely won’t want to throw into a fountain

Last year, The Royal Canadian Mint did something revolutionary with their flagship 1oz Silver Maple Leaf Coin.

They shaped it like an actual Maple Leaf.

15,000 coins sold out in just 2 days.

537H ObvRevThis year, Canada are issuing it again, but they’re going above and beyond a simple re-date. This time, it has its own unique element

As you can see here, the 2016 Canadian Maple Leaf Shaped Coin has been expertly finished with the latest printing techniques, creating the perfect red and orange hues associated with the maple leaf.

It’s going to fly again. I have already reserved our stock for Coin Portfolio Management clients. But it’s only 200 coins.

Click here to make one of them yours

Why are Americans jumping for this silver coin?

Silver KangarooIt’s not just gold experiencing a surge of interest right now.

The Perth Mint has seen sales of silver coins double in the past year and even they have been surprised by the popularity of a new coin launched back in September.

Launched in September, the one ounce Silver Kangaroo was Perth’s attempt to grab a share of the lucrative American market. They expected to sell 5 million in the first year.

They are going to sell more than double that estimate.

The silver price has jumped by over 40% since the start of the year as investors turn to precious metals amid global financial uncertainty.

But the silver content is not the only reason US collectors and investors are flocking to the new coin. Having the most identifiable Australian animal on it has really helped the Kangaroo coin’s appeal.



P347 ReverseYou can own a Silver Kangaroo that is no longer available at the Perth Mint

The one ounce Silver Kangaroo is a mass-produced bullion coin, without an edition limit. The coin you see here though is a special, limited edition two ounce silver coin. It’s struck to a high relief with a special antique finish rarely seen on coins.

It has already sold out its entire 3,000 edition limit at the Perth Mint and I have just 6 available.

Click here to make one of them yours

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