As part of the collaboration, The Royal Mint will be teaming with Taisei Coins to launch TICC’s ‘Best in Class’ auction in what could well be the beginning of a long line of collaborations to come.With Taisei Coin’s notable pedigree as a long-standing numismatic authority internationally and The Royal Mint’s firmly established reputation worldwide as ‘The Original Maker’ of coins, both parties truly are struck from the same die – all of which makes for a perfect numismatic partnership. .

What coins are worth investing in as Royal Mint launches £5 Queen

The Royal Mint is marking the Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday with a brand new £5 coin – offering a great souvenir but not an opportunity for investors.The pieces are not expected to rise in value over time and, despite being deemed legal tender, are rarely accepted by shops or banks.But fortunately, there is still a fascinating and potentially lucrative investment market for those interested in collecting truly rare coins – a hobby that is known as numismatics.He points to the 1738 King George II Gold Five Guineas piece as the biggest investment climber last year – up 50 per cent in value to £45,000.Heddle adds: ‘Coins are a classic heritage investment – and offer a unique and tangible record of history stretching back more than 2,000 years.‘Holding the coin transports you back in time and makes you wonder who else may have touched it and the stories it could have told more than a thousand years ago.Later milled examples often have the important motto ‘Decus Et Tutamen’ – Ornament and Safeguard – stamped on them in a bid to combat forgeries.Do not buy coins blind off the internet – some forgeries are of high quality and it is necessary for an expert to validate authentic examples by studying them in person.‘The British Association of Numismatic Societies can provide details of local clubs that will be able to help – and your nearest museum can also offer free guidance.‘If you buy from companies signed up to the British Numismatic Trade Association then you also have a guarantee that if a coin is later found to be a fake then you will get a full refund of your money.’.One of the rarest of all is the fewer than a dozen One Penny coins that were produced in 1933 as special pieces to be buried under new church foundations – and are valued at £30,000 each. .

RARE COINS

Over 30 billion coins are estimated to be in circulation in the United Kingdom today.We spoke to Matt Curtis, The Royal Mint’s Historics and Collector Services Expert, about some of the rare coins that have been minted over the years.Many of the Sovereigns struck in that year were sent to the United States of America to pay off war debt.The Royal Mint set a new UK coin record by sourcing and selling an Edward VIII sovereign for £1 million.The gold five-pound piece of 1839, though not as spectacularly rare as the Edward VIII pattern coins, is arguably one of the most beautiful coins in the world.The coin features William Wyon’s famous Young Head portrait of Queen Victoria, while the reverse depicts the queen as Una guiding the British lion.Released in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of London’s Kew Gardens, only 210,000 of these 50p pieces were ever issued into circulation, making it a rare coin to turn up in change.Below shows the mintage figures for the calendar year of 2019, providing the only official guide to the rarest coins in circulation.The famous 2009 Kew Gardens 50p remains the most coveted coin in circulation, with a mintage of just 210,000.Rarest 50p coin designs released into circulation in 2019. .

Silver Bullion Coins

Diversify your investment portfolio with our range of silver bullion coins, including our popular Britannia and Queen’s Beasts series. .

Striking Standards: A Collector's Guide

If you’ve heard these terms being used but are unsure what they mean, read on to find out more about the difference between these coins.Blanks are fed into the coin press by hand before being struck up to six times, at a lower speed and with less pressure than other finishes, to preserve the finer details of the design.The dies are cleaned with air between each coin to ensure that no marks or imperfections are caused during striking.Piedfort means ‘heavy measure’, and in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, rulers gave these coins as prestige gifts to members of their court.They offer a good level of design detail, but have a lower definition than Proof coins.An alternative to holding precious metals in plain bars and ingots, the designs and themes depicted on bullion coins add an element of collectability.People buy them for the intrinsic value of the precious metal they contain, so production places greater emphasis on efficiency. .

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