The fastest sell-outs of 2017

It may frustrate collectors, but sell-outs are a fact of life in the coin world, and I have witnessed some exceptionally quick sell-outs this year. Here are the fastest selling coins of 2017: The UK Sapphire Jubilee £5 Silver Proof Coin This year The Royal Mint celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becoming the first […]

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 […]

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 […]

Could this be another record-breaking sell out from The Royal Mint?

On 7 August 2017, The Royal Mint released a brand new Prince Philip coin range paying tribute to his 70 years of service. 24 hours later, the coins were 100% reserved. Today, a Silver Proof Piedfort edition is being released and all signs point to it being another record-breaking sell-out. But it’s not just because […]

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 mystery of the very first Peace Dollar

After the First World War, America wanted to produce a coin celebrating peace. It took them 3 years, but the result was the stunning silver Peace Dollar first issued in 1921. It’s a fascinating coin, not least because nobody knows what happened to the very first example… As was tradition, the first Peace Dollar struck […]

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: Your Guide to Collecting from International Mints

When assessing a coin’s potential, the first thing I do is look at the issuing country to make sure there is a strong tradition of numismatic heritage. This ensures the greatest potential for long-term interest. As a result, I generally restrict my recommendations to British Isles, United States, Canadian, South African and Australian coins, which […]