1937 was Not the Only Gold Sovereign Minted in George VI’s Reign - The 1937 Gold Sovereign is much sought after as it is the only gold sovereign that bears the head of King George VI. But it was not the only year that sovereigns were made at the London Mint during the George's reign (1936-1952).
2015 Silver Two Pound Proof The Royal Navy: Yet Another Product Variant - The 2015 Silver Two Pound Proof The Royal Navy is a silver proof version of the 2015 £2 currently in circulation, and I want to use this to illustrate how the Royal Mint is augmenting its coins by issuing product variants to reach as large as possible coin collector base.
2012 Gold Ten Pounds Diamond Jubilee 5oz Coin - The 2012 Gold Ten Pounds Diamond Jubilee 5oz coin was issued to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years of reign. This is an incredible coin, with a diameter of 65 mm and 156g of .9999 gold.
Queen Victoria Gold Sovereigns Portraits (Heads) - Victoria ruled for 64 years, a record only recently surpassed by Queen Elizabeth II. Over her long reign she posed for many portraits for coins but on the gold sovereign there are three major variations: Young Head, Jubilee Head and Old Head.
What is Maundy Money? - Maundy Money are coins traditionally given out by the Monarch as a gift to the poor at Royal Maundy. The ceremony, which is associated with Christianity, is held on Maundy Thursday which is the day before Good Friday. The Maundy set consists of four coins , denominated one-, two-, three- and four-pence.
Colloquial Names of British Coins and their Origins - Over the years most British coins have picked up colloquial names, nicknames such as quids, bobs and tanners. Some of these terms are so old that their etymology is no longer clear, but here are a few of the more famous names.
What is a Silver Britannia? - Britannia’s are bullion coins minted in Britain. This article covers silver Britannia’s, but the coin is also minted in gold. This is the British silver bullion equivalent to the American Silver Eagle dollar or the Canadian Maple Leaf dollar.
New One-Pound Coin Production Hits One Billion: It’s time to get rid of the old pound coins. - The new bi-metallic, 12-sided One-Pound (£1) coin which was launched on 28 March 2017 has now reached a production of one billion. It's time to get rid of the old pound coins.
The Crown: A Short History of the Famous British coin - The Crown is a very old coin, with origins dating back to Henry VIII. The English Crown first appeared in 1526. It had a value of five shillings (a quarter of a pound) but in 1990 was redenominated to £5. Although still legal tender these days it is effectively a commemorative coin minted in Cupronickel but Silver and Gold are also used.
What are Piedfort coins? - Piedfort coins are struck with the same die so they look like normal coins with the same diameter but are TWICE as thick – and therefore twice the weight. Here's how the practice started.