Why you should own unpopular coins


The 2004 UK Entente Cordiale £5 Gold Coin

This may come as a surprise, but an unpopular coin that sells very few can be a real hidden gem for your Portfolio if you find the right one.

Of course, a quick sell-out creates instant and on-going demand for a coin, however there are a number of coins that have become scarce simply because they were unpopular with collectors at the time and under-marketed by the Mint.

Now, several years later, collectors keen to own a complete collection of issues really struggle to find these scarce missing pieces.

For example, the 2004 UK Entente Cordiale £5 Gold Coin only sold 926 pieces – 617 short of its edition and almost 1,000 pieces less than the average strike for a UK £5 Gold Crown over the following 5 years.

Whilst most collectors would shy away from unpopular coins, it is these very coins that become the most sought after in years to come.

These unpopular coins can make or break a collection for numismatists trying to achieve a complete set of coins where the sum is greater than its individual parts.

If you’re interested…

382q-blog-imageWe have a small number of the King Canute Silver Proof £5 available for just £82.50.

With an edition limit of just 3,000, the 2017 King Canute Silver Proof £5 Coin is scarce in comparison to other recent UK Silver Proof £5 coins.

It’s a third of the Queen’s 90th Birthday issue and even 1,000 lower than the Battle of Somme release.

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Unveiled today: The UK’s 2017 coin designs

The Royal Mint has just announced the UK’s new circulating coins for 2017. Marking the year’s memorable events and anniversaries, here are the new themes and designs unveiled today:



The 2017 DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year Set

These coins deserve to be appreciated in Brilliant Uncirculated collector quality, which is why I recommend The 2017 DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year Set, limited to just 995 sets.

Find out why this year’s is set to sell out even faster than usual – click here.

Be the first to find out about the 2017 precious metal sets

Currently only the base metal Year Sets have been revealed, but limited edition gold and silver sets will be announced soon. To be the first to hear about them, sign up below.


Rarest British coin ever made found

queen-anne-vigoThe rarest British coin ever made has been found.

In a 4-year-old’s toy treasure chest…

The coin, a Queen Anne Vigo coin, was passed on to a 35-year-old labourer from Essex by his late grandfather. He gave the coin to his 4-year-old son to play with when he bought him a toy treasure chest.

Fortunately, he took the coin to an auctioneer before it was wrecked just to check if it was worth something.

The shocked expert told him it was worth £250,000.

The labourer had to return the following day to check the expert hadn’t been pulling his leg.

The expert of Bonnington Auctioneers of Epping, Essex, said: “When I told him it had been verified and what it could be worth, he couldn’t believe it.

“One of my colleagues saw him get back into his car and it was a real Del and Rodney moment. You could hear shouting and screaming from the car park and the car began to rock from where he was celebrating.”

The Queen Anne Vigo coin

The coin was one of only 20 ever minted.

It came from 7.5lbs of gold seized from Spanish treasure ships by the British in 1702 following the Battle of Vigo.

The last one to sell went for nearly £300,000 at an auction in 2012.

The newly found coin is one of just 15 examples known to exist today. It will go under the hammer on 16 November.

Perhaps the other 5 are just waiting to be found.


2017-sovereignOwn the most important UK Gold Sovereign in 200 years

2017 is the bicentenary of the “modern” gold sovereign. It is without question the most important numismatic anniversary for decades.

And now you can mark it with The Royal Mint’s brand new 2017 Gold Proof Sovereign – featuring a special one-year-only design change for the occasion.

To secure what is destined to become one of the most collectable 21st Century British gold coins, simply click here.

The world’s largest silver coin

ivory-coast-elephantThe world’s largest silver coin – weighing a full 1,750 ounces – has just been sold.

Limited to just 15 coins, each one is a piece of art measuring 650mm in diameter. That’s over 2 feet.

It weighs a staggering 109lb.

The Ivory Coast Silver Elephant coin, minted in Germany, is struck from pure silver.

The design is hand carved, rather than machine minted, making each coin unique in its own way.

It also carries an antique finish, which is done by hand.

The coin has a face value of 1,000,000 Francs CFA, which is shown on the reverse along with the Ivory Coast coat of arms.

It sold for north of £60,000.

Looking for a huge silver coin?

10oz-poppyOK, this isn’t quite the size of a man-hole cover, but this brand new silver coin is incredible.

Struck from pure silver, it measures 100mm across and weighs 10 ounces.

That’s 10 times the weight and almost 3 times the size of a regular “crown”.

Struck for Remembrance Day this year, each coin carries a donation of £125 to The Royal British Legion.

It is limited to just 125 pieces worldwide and we have only been able to secure 25 for Coin Portfolio Management clients.

Click here to find out more

The historic Royal Visit to Canada

433l-2016-20-fine-silver-coin-a-royal-tour_revThe first official royal tour undertaken by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with their two children may have ended last week, but a coin issued to commemorate the historic occasion shows no sign of slowing down.

Issued by The Royal Canadian Mint, it features a cutting-edge full colour application on the reverse recreating Chris Jelf’s iconic portrait of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

It’s Canada’s first coin of the entire family, issued to mark their first tour as a family of four and Princess Charlotte’s first official royal engagement.

10,000 Edition Limit

The Royal Canadian Mint has set a worldwide edition limit of just 10,000 which are expected to sell-out.

Demand has no doubt been helped by press coverage of the tour, which included news of Princess Charlotte being heard speaking in public for the first time – saying “pop” to balloons.

William and Kate are determined for their children to grow up away from the public eye, so this tour – and the press coverage around it – will be a rarity, just like the coin issued to commemorate it.

Secure yours today for just £125

We have secured a small number of this historic coin for our Coin Portfolio Management clients and offer them now on a first-come, first-served basis.

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10 million coins sold

01-2016-australian-kangaroo-silver-1oz-bullion-onedge-lowresI reported two months ago how how the American market was going wild for a brand new silver bullion coin from Australia.

The Australians predicted sales of 5 million units in their first year of issue, but sales have just passed the 10 million mark.

The one ounce Silver Kangaroo, issued by The Perth Mint is now ranked in the top 5 world silver bullion coins based on sales.

The US silver American Eagle tops the list, followed by the Royal Canadian Mint’s silver Maple Leaf, with the new silver Kangaroo from Perth claiming third spot.

Austria’s Philharmonic and China’s Panda complete the list.

Perth Mint announces a Proof version of the Silver Kangaroo

four-silver-proof-kangaroo-coinsFollowing on from the incredible success of the bullion coin, The Perth Mint has just announced a brand new Silver Kangaroo Proof Set, comprising four coins – the 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce.

It is the first ever Silver Kangaroo Set, first ever silver fractional set from Perth and the first time they have ever issued a 1/4oz silver coin.

Despite this collection of firsts and the undoubted demand for the set following the huge popularity of the bullion coin, the edition limit has been set at just 3,000.

The good news is that we have secured some for the UK market and you can make one of them yours today.

Click here to find out more and add a set to your Portfolio today

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