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.

Click here to find out more

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.


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.

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.

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.


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

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