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Which is the UK's rarest £5 coin? The answer may surprise you...

Posted by Mark Liversidge on

For collectors in the UK, the £5 coin is the flagship of the decimal era. First issued in 1990 as a replacement for the commemorative crown with a face value of 25p, the coins are reserved for commemorating significant British anniversaries and are a favourite among collectors as they are not intended for general circulation. In recent years these crown-sized coins have become more and more difficult to find as their popularity has shot up while supply has diminished. Using current Royal Mint figures we have put together three graphs where you can see just how rare some of these coins are, from the 1972 Silver Wedding Crown to the Brilliant Uncirculated Coronation £5...

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The Classic Toys of a British Childhood

Posted by Max Allen on

This August Royal Mail will be releasing a brand new set of stamps which will undoubtedly prove popular with collectors young and old. The stamp issue celebrates ten of the UK’s most iconic and beloved ‘Classic Toys’ from the last 100 years – from Meccano to Action Man. Here’s a little bit more about each of the stamps:  1)1st Class: Merrythought Bear Merrythought is a toy manufacturing company established in 1930. Its most famous individual bear was arguably ‘Mr Whoppit’ which was based on the “Woppit” character from the Robin comic in 1956. 2) 1st Class: Sindy Doll (first appearance...

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Jane Austen honoured on new UK coin

Posted by Mark Liversidge on

200 years after her death, one of Britain’s best-loved novelists, Jane Austen, has been honoured on a new UK £2 coin issued by The Royal Mint this week. Although she was virtually unknown during her lifetime, her books have grown into a global phenomenon and translated into more than 40 languages with dozens of popular film adaptations. Jane Austen’s appearance on the new £2 coin has been warmly received by the British public who have long adored her influential work. The coin itself features a silhouette profile of Jane Austen, which was a popular style of portrait during the Regency...

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All you need to know about the new 12-sided £1 coin collector editions

Posted by Mark Liversidge on

A brand new 12-sided £1 coin is replacing the UK's familiar 'round pound' and today The Royal Mint has issued its £1 Collector Coin range with edition limits that seem certain to sell out quickly. The new £1 is the single biggest change to the UK's coinage since decimalisation, and serious collectors are looking to mark this numismatic milestone with something a bit special.  Here's your guide to the most collectable versions of the new 12-sided £1 coin. Perfect Quality. Very Affordable. Of course, quality is everything for coin collectors, which is why The Royal Mint is producing a collector quality base metal...

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The Beatrix Potter coins which sparked a collecting frenzy

Posted by Mark Liversidge on

In 2016 The Royal Mint issued a series of 50p coins celebrating the work of Beatrix Potter, Britain’s much-loved children’s author and illustrator. When the coins finally entered circulation, they were snapped up quickly by collectors and are now incredibly difficult to find. In fact, they are among the most sought-after UK circulation coins ever issued. There are a total of 5 coins in the Beatrix Potter 50p series: The Beatrix Potter 50p Coin The Beatrix Potter 50p coins were issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of her birth in 1866, and this coin pays tribute to the lady herself with her...

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