The David Bowie Collection

In December 2020, the Royal Mint released the third edition of its Musical Legends series, the David Bowie Collection. Commemorating the biggest names in British popular music, the first release in the series celebrated Queen, followed by Elton John. An ever-evolving artist The third collection features the eccentric and extraordinary singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie. Born in 1947, he grew up in South London, where he studied art, music and design, and grew to become one of the most influential,…

In December 2020, the Royal Mint released the third edition of its Musical Legends series, the David Bowie Collection. Commemorating the biggest names in British popular music, the first release in the series celebrated Queen, followed by Elton John. An ever-evolving artist The third collection features the eccentric and extraordinary singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie. Born in 1947, he grew up in South London, where he studied art, music and design, and grew to become one of the most influential,…

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The Queen’s Beasts Collection: A series of 10 coins from the Royal Mint Part II

In preparation for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, four new statues were added to the six ‘King’s Beasts’ to create the ‘Queen’s Beasts’ which stood guard outside Westminster Abbey during the celebrations. As four of Henry VIII’s beasts were not relevant to the current Queen’s lineage (she is not descended from Jane Seymour rendering the Seymour ‘beasts’ at Hampton Court unnecessary) four new beasts were created to reflect her specific ancestry. These were the Unicorn of Scotland, the Falcon…

In preparation for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, four new statues were added to the six ‘King’s Beasts’ to create the ‘Queen’s Beasts’ which stood guard outside Westminster Abbey during the celebrations. As four of Henry VIII’s beasts were not relevant to the current Queen’s lineage (she is not descended from Jane Seymour rendering the Seymour ‘beasts’ at Hampton Court unnecessary) four new beasts were created to reflect her specific ancestry. These were the Unicorn of Scotland, the Falcon…

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Una and the Lion returns

In 2019, The Royal Mint launched The Great Engravers, a new collection honouring prominent artists from the mint’s past. The first in the series is ‘Una and the Lion’, a coin of stunning artistry and beautifully intricate detail celebrating its engraver William Wyon, RA (1795-1851). For this edition, the coin was reverse engineered using dies remastered from the original and brought back to life using modern minting techniques. Struck in gold and silver and finished to the finest Proof standard,…

In 2019, The Royal Mint launched The Great Engravers, a new collection honouring prominent artists from the mint’s past. The first in the series is ‘Una and the Lion’, a coin of stunning artistry and beautifully intricate detail celebrating its engraver William Wyon, RA (1795-1851). For this edition, the coin was reverse engineered using dies remastered from the original and brought back to life using modern minting techniques. Struck in gold and silver and finished to the finest Proof standard,…

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Commonwealth sovereigns: a brief summary

Colonial mints of the 19th centuryOne of history’s greatest gold rushes began in Bathurst, New South Wales, in 1851, soon followed by larger finds in Ballarat and Bendigo in the new colony of Victoria. Hundreds of thousands of prospectors from across Australia and around the world flocked to the goldfields to seek their fortunes, resulting in large amounts of unrefined gold entering circulation. In response to the growing threat to the Australian colonies’ official currency, the New South Wales government sought…

Colonial mints of the 19th centuryOne of history’s greatest gold rushes began in Bathurst, New South Wales, in 1851, soon followed by larger finds in Ballarat and Bendigo in the new colony of Victoria. Hundreds of thousands of prospectors from across Australia and around the world flocked to the goldfields to seek their fortunes, resulting in large amounts of unrefined gold entering circulation. In response to the growing threat to the Australian colonies’ official currency, the New South Wales government sought…

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The modern sovereign

The British gold sovereign holds a unique place among gold coins due to its long history and extensive usage globally. Not only has it become the most collected coin, it holds the record for the highest price paid for a British coin. It is also a world-class investment due to its status as legal tender in UK and as such exempt of Value-Added Tax (VAT) and Capital Gains Tax (CGT). It is the only coin that has been minted in an…

The British gold sovereign holds a unique place among gold coins due to its long history and extensive usage globally. Not only has it become the most collected coin, it holds the record for the highest price paid for a British coin. It is also a world-class investment due to its status as legal tender in UK and as such exempt of Value-Added Tax (VAT) and Capital Gains Tax (CGT). It is the only coin that has been minted in an…

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The Queen’s Beasts Collection: A series of 10 coins from the Royal Mint

In the first of a two-part series, we look at the six original ‘King’s Beasts’ of the ten heraldic statues representing the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II. In part two, we focus on the remaining four, which were added for the Queen’s coronation in 1953. In 2016 the Royal Mint issued its first coin in the 10-coin ‘Queen’s Beasts’ series. The heraldic beasts on the coins illustrate Elizabeth II’s ancestry, the original six of which are based on Henry VIII’s ‘King’s…

In the first of a two-part series, we look at the six original ‘King’s Beasts’ of the ten heraldic statues representing the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II. In part two, we focus on the remaining four, which were added for the Queen’s coronation in 1953. In 2016 the Royal Mint issued its first coin in the 10-coin ‘Queen’s Beasts’ series. The heraldic beasts on the coins illustrate Elizabeth II’s ancestry, the original six of which are based on Henry VIII’s ‘King’s…

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A brief history of the gold standard

What was the gold standard?The gold standard was a monetary system that pegged currencies to the value of gold. Why was the gold standard adopted?Short answer: the gold standard was adopted in Great Britain in 1817 (other countries followed later), as a response to a quickly growing economy with the need for stable currency. Long answer: leading up to the early 19th century, Great Britain had been on a bimetallic monetary system. Gold and silver coins circulated in the economy…

What was the gold standard?The gold standard was a monetary system that pegged currencies to the value of gold. Why was the gold standard adopted?Short answer: the gold standard was adopted in Great Britain in 1817 (other countries followed later), as a response to a quickly growing economy with the need for stable currency. Long answer: leading up to the early 19th century, Great Britain had been on a bimetallic monetary system. Gold and silver coins circulated in the economy…

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Consigning with The Coin Cabinet

What does it mean to consign through our auctions? Consignment is agreeing to let The Coin Cabinet sell coins on your behalf. We advise on the best placement for your property in an upcoming auction, and once it has been sold remit the proceeds to you. The Coin Cabinet is here to help you achieve the best result for your property, images throughout this article are some of our best performing lots from recent auctions. Two sales are held by The…

What does it mean to consign through our auctions? Consignment is agreeing to let The Coin Cabinet sell coins on your behalf. We advise on the best placement for your property in an upcoming auction, and once it has been sold remit the proceeds to you. The Coin Cabinet is here to help you achieve the best result for your property, images throughout this article are some of our best performing lots from recent auctions. Two sales are held by The…

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The History of the British Gold Sovereign

The British gold sovereign holds a unique place among gold coins due to its long history and extensive usage globally. Not only has it become the most collected coin, it holds the record for the highest price paid for a British coin. The modern sovereign is a world-class investment due to its status as legal tender in UK and as such exempt of Value-Added Tax (VAT) and Capital Gains Tax (CGT). However, the history of the sovereign predates the Coinage Act…

The British gold sovereign holds a unique place among gold coins due to its long history and extensive usage globally. Not only has it become the most collected coin, it holds the record for the highest price paid for a British coin. The modern sovereign is a world-class investment due to its status as legal tender in UK and as such exempt of Value-Added Tax (VAT) and Capital Gains Tax (CGT). However, the history of the sovereign predates the Coinage Act…

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007 James Bond Collection issued by the Royal Mint

In March 2020, the Royal Mint announced the 007 James Bond Collection ahead of its latest movie release. The Collection features The Special Issue, where it showcases a £7,000 denominated 7kg gold proof coin, the largest ever coin in denomination and size issued by the Royal Mint. It was produced using a combination of traditional minting methods and state-of-the-art CNC machine engraving, and hand polished by their craftsmen to the highest quality finish. Royal Mint designer Laura Clancy has placed…

In March 2020, the Royal Mint announced the 007 James Bond Collection ahead of its latest movie release. The Collection features The Special Issue, where it showcases a £7,000 denominated 7kg gold proof coin, the largest ever coin in denomination and size issued by the Royal Mint. It was produced using a combination of traditional minting methods and state-of-the-art CNC machine engraving, and hand polished by their craftsmen to the highest quality finish. Royal Mint designer Laura Clancy has placed…

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