Let’s Talk Metal Detector Accessories - Metal detecting can be one of the most enjoyable activities in which you can participate. The anticipation of knowing that the next "beep" could be a significant and valuable object, such as a gold ring, a silver coin, or an artifact of some long-ago event is the energy elixir that keeps the Metal Detectorist going.
Do You Know there is a Minimum Weight for Gold Sovereigns? - Most gold sovereign collectors should be able to tell you that a new gold sovereign weighs 7.9881 grammes (or grams). But do they know what the minimum weight is?
The 1999 Two-Pound Coin and the Rugby World Cup - The Rugby World Cup is held every four year and in 1999 it was the turn for Wales to be the hosts. A major event of this magnitude didn't go unnoticed by the Royal Mint - especially as they are just a few miles away. They decided on a variation of the bi-metallic £2 coin which had been recently introduced into circulation.
What is a Shield Nickel? - A Shield Nickel is an American five cent coin minted between 1866 and 1883. The Shield Nickel is made from 75% copper and 25% nickel so this was the first 5-cent coin to be called a nickel. The coin takes it's name from the shield design (representing the United States) that appears on the obverse of the coin.
Samuel Johnson and the 2005 50p Coin – Johnson’s Dictionary - In 2005 the Royal Mint issued a 50 pence coin into general circulation in the UK to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language. So who was Samuel Johnson and why was his dictionary special?