Today, 13/09/2021 see's the latest 50p coin released by The Royal Mint.
A new addition to the innovation in Science collection, a tribute to Charles Babbage.
Designed by Nigel Tudman and Jas Bhamra the coin features the name of Charles Babbage.
The pair have worked together previously on the Kew Garden 50p, Red Cross £2 and Britannia £2.
The numbers beneath the coin represent a code, something the designer was keen to incorporate into the coin.
Charles Babbage lived between 26th Dec 1791 – 18 October 1871 and was an English Polymath.
A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage originated the concept of a digital programmable computer.
Babbage is widely recognized for the man who invented the first computer.
As usual for new releases this can be purchased in Bunc, Silver Proof, Piedfort and Gold Proof.
The Royal Mint announced recently a collect week, a week long promo that would feature webinars, games, competitions and ending in an auction.
They have today announced the first competition in which you can get involved in.
Collect Awards 2021, a competition with five categories, The Biggest Pre-Decimal Collection, The Largest 50p collection, The Best World Coin Collection, The Youngest and Eldest collecting duo and lastly Britain's Best Collection.
Winners will receive a premium collector set that includes everything you need to handle, care, store and catalogue your collection.
And the ultimate collector will receive will receive an Exclusive Collector Set: Specially made for this event, the set contains 1 x Edward VII (1901-10), silver Maundy Set, 1907 , 1 x Winnie The pooh, three coins set, 1 x 1g gold bar.
You can enter yourself or nominate someone to be in with a chance of winning these great prizes.
Entries close 5th Sept. The entries will be judged by a panel of experts and then put to a public vote to find the Ultimate collector who will be announced at 12pm Sunday 26th Sept.
The Royal Mint have today released the latest in the Myths and Legend series.
Hot on the heels of the Robin Hood coin today see's the Maid Marian join the series.
Sometimes described as a woman of high stature but always a woman of the people, Maid Marian is said to have gathered valuable information that informed Robin Hood and his band of merry men in their adventures through Sherwood Forest. One more coin inspired by the tale will follow, featuring Robin Hood’s trusted companion Little John.
Maid Marian has been depicted in a design by Jody Clark standing watchful amongst the greenery of Sherwood Forest, stealthily observing through the trees with a bow and a quiver of arrows on her back, poised for action. Struck in 999 fine silver, each one ounce coin is finished to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard, and is also available as a one ounce gold edition.
The coin is available in 1 oz 999 silver or 1 oz 999.9 gold.
Buying bullion from The Royal Mint is easy and you can choose to have it stored in the Mints secure vaults or delivered to your door.
With the current price of silver at £17.13 you can order this coin starting at £23.56. The price will rise slightly if you are only ordering a single coin.
The Royal Mint have chosen to showcase a rather stunning coin today.
The 2021 Wedding Gold Proof Six Pence coin is the first time a six pence has been struck in 22 carat gold.
Modernity meets tradition in a blend of age-old craftsmanship and twenty-first-century style.
A beautifully designed gift to wish the newly-weds a long, prosperous and happy marriage.
A twist on the centuries old tradition many brides follow today of " Something old, Something new, Something Borrowed and something blue....... the last line is often forgotten..... And a sixpence in your shoe. It describes the five objects a Bride should have with her on her wedding day for good luck.
The mantra started as a Victorian-era rhyme that came out of the English country Lancashire. In that time, the “something blue” was usually a garter, and the blue and old items protected the bride against the Evil Eye, a curse passed through a malicious glare that could make the bride infertile. “Something borrowed” was preferably the undergarment of a woman who already had children. Legend says that wearing this would confuse the Evil Eye into thinking the bride was already fertile, and the curse would be thwarted.
The Sixpence (6d) also known as a tanner or a six penny bit coin that was worth six pence, equivalent to one-fortieth of a pound sterling, or half a shilling.
It was first minted in 1551 during the reign of Edward V1 and circulated until 1980.
Following the decimalization in 1971 it had a value of 2 1/2 new pence.
Between the years of 1551 and 1947 it was made of silver and thereafter cupronickel.
This truly stunning coin is available to purchase today from The Royal Mint and comes in a gorgeously designed box with a booklet about the story of the Sixpence.
After being teased with news of two new 50p coins The Royal Mint surprised everyone today with the release of a 2 coin series for Alice In Wonderland, through the looking glass.
Available in the usual form of brilliant uncirculated, brilliant uncirculated coloured, half ounce silver proof, one ounce silver proof and quarter ounce gold proof.
2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Through the Looking-Glass, the highly anticipated sequel to the universally adored Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under his better-known pen name Lewis Carroll, the story follows Alice on another unique and epic adventure into Looking-Glass House, where everything seems rather backwards and logic is turned on its head. The narrative continues with a stream of playful nonsense, no better epitomised than by two of the book’s most iconic characters, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The twins feature on the coin design, which is based on an original illustration by Sir John Tenniel that was used in the first publication of Through the Looking-Glass.
The coins are available to purchase now, and it is worth noting if you sign up for the two coin series The Royal Mint are offering free postage.
The coming weeks look like being a busy time for coin collectors. Announced recently that we should expect some new releases has been met with excitement by many.
Coming fast on the heels of the HG Wells and Sir Walter Scott £2 coins by The Royal Mint we have now been teased about upcoming releases.
There will be two new 50p coins released shortly by The Royal Mint these are.....
50p the design will depict insulin molecules and the chemical formula for insulin.
Its is yet to be seen if this will continue the science series but one would expect it to.
50p Winnie the Pooh tigger.
Continuing the Winnie The Pooh Series, nothing is known about the design of this coin as yet, but as soon as we hear anything you can be sure you will hear about it.
Lastly from The Royal Mint Various precious metal versions off 007 and Queens beasts.
Our friends over at Westminster Collection have teased us with news of a new 50p shaped coin from the Pitcairn Islands, so likely to be cents or dollar denomination, All that we know is the picture released by Westminster has Beano in the top corner and says it will be produced by Tower Mint. Whether this is a series or a singular coin is not yet known.
Today see's another coin from the annual set released as a stand alone coin.
The £2 Sir Walter Scott has been released in the usual formats of brilliant uncirculated, silver proof, silver proof piedfort and gold proof.
Sir Walter Scott was a prolific and talented writer and is renowned for popularising historical fiction. His poetry transformed a landscape perceived as wild and mysterious into something truly sublime; a picturesque Scotland graced with magnificent glens and beautiful lochs. He then turned his hand to writing novels, where he weaved history with fiction to create an array of bestsellers that includes Ivanhoe, Waverley, Rob Roy, The Heart of Mid-Lothian and The Bride of Lammermoor. He made a mark on the literary world and influenced some of the prominent writers of the nineteenth century, including Balzac, Tolstoy, Manzoni, the Brothers Grimm, the Brontë sisters, Fenimore Cooper and Thomas Hardy. To this very day, Scott’s legacy remains embedded in Scottish culture, architecture and even fashion. In 2021, we’re commemorating 250 years since the birth of one of Scotland’s most talented writers with a UK £2 coin, which is available in a range of editions.
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This is an article I have personally stayed away from writing in the hope that things would improve the longer the year has gone on. I was putting a lot of the issues down to the pandemic and making excuses for companies such as people working from home etc.
The issues are varied to say the least, from dirty coins, coin not facing the correct way to simply having to wait for months for delivery.
Lets take a look at Koin Klub, the started this year with a price promise to be the cheapest for non royal mint packaged coins, undercutting Westminster by £1 or so. And to my knowledge they have kept to there word on the price.
But, and this is a big issue, at what cost ? I have heard of people waiting months for the Mr Men coins, I personally have waited of a month for coins listed as being in stock, you can not just enquire where your coins are, you have to formally open a case. I did this 12 days ago only to be told it would be sent later that week, obviously it was not.
The Royal Mint, dirty bullion coins, coins facing the wrong way in the packaging, packaging arriving damaged. Sure the damage could be done by the post but still it adds to the issues.
Westminster, the wildlife 10p coins, I have seen some of these arrive in disgusting condition. And it makes you question how are these passing quality control? Has quality control been cut due to the pandemic? Less staff on site would naturally result in poorer quality being sent. But surely when you are talking about coins, coins with the Queens portrait on you would expect extra care to be taken with these?
The Royal Mint have taken the unusal steps of releasing a coin on a Saturday, in a move to honour the life of HRH Prince Philip a brand new £5 coin has been issued by the mint.
Prince Philip sadly passed away on April 9th 2021 after a battle with illness.
A man of action and significant achievements, Prince Philip became a naval commander at a young age and provided steadfast counsel to Her Majesty The Queen throughout her reign. When his young wife first took on the role as monarch, the newly titled Duke of Edinburgh supported her, showing tireless dedication to his duty. This exemplary service was recognised by The Queen at the time of their 70th wedding anniversary in 2017, when he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO). In honour of this remarkable man, The Royal Mint has created a coin to celebrate his life and legacy. The design features a portrait created by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS that was personally approved by The Duke of Edinburgh.
You can order your by clicking here.
The Royal Mint have today announced that the latest addition in the music icon series of £5 coins will be available to purchase from 9am tomorrow morning.
The Who are a rock band from London in 1964 featuring Lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townsend, bass guitarist and singer John Entwistle and and drummer Keith Moon.
The Who have sold over 100 millions worldwide.
In 1990 The Who was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.
he group have a featured collection in the hall's museum, including one of Moon's velvet suits, a warwick bass of Entwistle and a drumhead from 1968.
Entwistle passed away in 2002 aged 58.
Moon passed away in a Hotel from in 1978 from a drugs overdose.
Expect the coin to be released by The Royal Mint in the usual formats of brilliant uncirculated, silver and gold proofs.
Keeping in line with the music icons it is likely to be available in different packaging depicting the bands most memorable albums like Tommy.
You can order your coin by clicking here.
Today see's the start of a new week with the releases of the hugely anticipated John Logie Baird 50p coin by The Royal Mint. Up until now only available in the annual sets this is sure to be a hit with collectors.
Continuing with the popular science series the coin dated 2021 the celebrates 75th anniversary of Bairds passing.
Born in August 1888 Baird was a Scottish inventor, electrical engineer and innovator who demonstrated his working television system on 26 January 1926.
During 2006, Baird was named as one of the 10 greatest Scottish scientists in history, having been listed in the National Library of Scotland's 'Scottish Science Hall of Fame'. In 2015 he was inducted into the Scottish Engineering Hall Of Fame On 26 January 2017 – IEEE unveiled a bronze street plaque at 22 Frith Street (Bar Italia), London, dedicated to Baird and the invention of television.
As usual with new releases the coin is available to purchase in BUNC, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort and Gold Proof.
This past week has been as busy as ever with coin releases, we have seen the latest in the Mr Men series of coins released namely the Little Miss £5 coin, the long running series of The Queens Beast was given a completer £5 coin.
We also had the news this week that the latest coin, again a £5 in the music icons series is due to be released shortly. And this caused some confusion on some Facebook groups. The latest addition will be the band The Who.
The coin will have a depiction of a guitar shaped pinball machine accompanied by the inscription “THE WHO” and this is where people are confused claiming that the pinball machine is more closely linked to Elton John.
In fact Pinball Wizard is a song penned by Pete Townsend and performed by The Who in 1969 reaching number 4 in the charts and featured on the album Tommy released the same year.
It was not until 1975 that Elton John appeared in Ken Russel's adaption of the film Tommy that Elton John released it in 1975 in the USA and 1976 in the UK reaching number 7.
The Godfather of YouTube Mr Christopher Collects has had quite a remarkable week, firstly finding a rare Kew Garden 50p in his latest hunt but also hitting the big 50k subscribers on Youtube, as a result he is running a fantastic giveaway on his channel so be sure to check that out.
And a massive congratulations to Christopher for achieving that milestone from all at TCC.
If you are new to collecting be sure to check his channel out.
Today 26/04/21 see's the Royal Mint release a new £5 coin.
The star of the ever popular 50p series has now made the jump across to the £5 coins, hopping onto a UK one ounce gold and silver Proof, and a Brilliant Uncirculated £5 coin for the very first time.
In a new design featuring the whole rabbit family together, beautifully designed by Ffion Gwillim.
Also available is the limited edition 2021 Peter Rabbit™ Minty® piggy bank designed to inspire a love of saving and collecting.
You can purchase any of the above by clicking here.
The coin community will receive a small kick back from any purchases made using our links.
Hot on the heels of the Mr Men £5 coin we have the first of this years Dinosaur coins announced. Due for release next week, the week commencing the 22nd, my guess is Tuesday.
The new 50p will be the Temnodontosaurus, greek for cutting tooth lizard.
From the early Jurassic era this beast roamed the oceans 175-200 million years ago. Estimated to grow somewhere close to 9-12metres in length with incredibly large eyes (20cm diameter) it also possesed a tail bend and had many conical teeth filling its jaw that were set in a continuous groove.
The number of valid Temnodontosaurus species has varied over the years. Christopher McGowan in 1992 believed there to be around thirteen species in the genus Temnodontosaurus.
Although at the time of writing it is not known if this coin is meant for circulation I feel confident in saying it will not be. Due to the current situation the need for 50ps is not great.
Expect this to be available in both base metal and colour as well as the usual silver proof and gold proof version.
I will send out email reminders the day before release with a link to the Royal Mint.
If considering buying any of these coins please consider using the link supplied.
The guernsey treasury have announced a new MR Benn series of 50ps to be released in April.
Very little has been released as yet other than it will be on 50ps and feature an anniversary coin inspired by the logo. Also there will be 5 silver proof coins featuring stunning colour print.
Sure to be a hit with the older collectors as well as the younger, Mr Benn was broadcast between 1971 and 2005.
In both the series and the books the story takes on a similar theme with Mr Benn leaving his house at 52 Festive Road London, dressed in a suit and bowler hat, he visits a costume shop where he is invited by the shopkeeper to try on a costume, he leaves the shop through a magic door at the back of the changing room and enters a world appropriate to the costume he is wearing.
Mr Benn usually has an adventure here often with a moral to the story before the shopkeeper appears and leads Mr Benn back to the shop. He more often than not has some kind of a souvenir of his adventure.
A small side note is the adventure Mr Benn finds himself on is often linked to what he sees children playing on his journey to the shop.
Mr Benn was created and written by David Mckee who also appears in several of the books.
The inspiration for the books came from when Mr Mckee lived at 54 Festive Road in Putney London.
Firstly, I would like to apologize for sending out a newsletter yesterday 15/02 with information regarding the Mr Men coins. I am still getting used to this system and that was an error on my part.
Today 16th Feb see's the long awaited release of the Mr Men Little Miss coins. Subjected to many guesses from everyone who collects coins as to what denomination they would be, The Royal Mint have decided upon £5 coins for this new series. The first notable thing to say about these coins is that obviously being a £5 coin these will not be entering into circulation and will only be available for purchase.
This series of coins, 3 to begin with is the first time Mr Men have featured on a UK Coin and the first of the 3 to be released is one of the oldest MR Men, Mr Happy.
The reverse of the coin is designed by Mr Adam Hargreaves, the son of Mr Hargreaves who was the Author and illustrator of the Mr Men and Little Miss books.
Available to purchase in 1 ounce Gold, 1/4 ounce gold, 1 ounce Silver Proof, 1/2 ounce Silver Proof, Brilliant Un-circulated and Brilliant Un-circulated colour versions. You are also able to purchase pre-orders for all of the coins via The Royal Mint website. Click HERE to order yours.
The Royal Mint have started a countdown to decimal day with the introduction of a new daily competition by the name of The Big 50.
It was on February 15th 1971 that saw the coins we are used too today becoming official circulated coins, although some entered as early as 1968 to get people used to the change over.
Having already released the decimalisation 50p The Royal Mint are celebrating it with a huge giveaway.
Said to be the biggest prize draw they have ever done starting today 11th February the prizes that can be won include 1989 Sovereign Proof, Decimal Day Silver Proof, Uncirculated 2020 Winnie the Pooh collection, David Bowie 2020 £5 coin, First World War Armistace day 2018 £2 Silver Proof, 1974 Uncirculated sovereign, BU Rosalind Franklin 50p, 2018 Portrait Of Britain coin set, Brittania, Icon on a coin book, The Yeoman Warders 2019 Quarter Ounce coin.
This is the list of coins available to win today, and 10 lucky winners will 1 coin each. The prizes change daily so there are some incredible prizes up for grabs.
Everyone who enters will receive a free delivery code.
You can enter here by clicking highlighted Royal Mint and scrolling down the page.
Back in 2020 The Royal Mint released the Music Legends series of £5 coins.
Proving to be an instant hit with collectors saw Queen appear on coins, this was followed up with Elton John and then more recently with the very popular David Bowie coin.
With collectors always eager to know the next coin we at TCC believe we may just have discovered a small clue in revealing the next in the Music Legends series.
If you take a look at the 2021 special stamps list this shows you that the only Musical person on the list this year is Sir Paul McCartney with a release date of May 28th.
The Mint are well know for bringing out stamps to correspond with coins, so this is the biggest indication yet that the next in the series will be Sir Paul McCartney.
Whether it will just be Sir Paul or the Beatles remains to be seen, but this is another likely to prove extremely popular with collectors.
After what feels like an eternity of waiting The Royal Mint today 2/02/21 have released the mintage figures for 2019.
Due to several reasons, Covid being one, and a few issues with the packaging of both the year sets and the decimal 50p contributing to the delay collectors can finally see how many coins of each denomination where made and released into circulation in 2019.
Here we will have a closer look at the coins starting of with the lowest denomination and working up.
Both the 1p and the 2p coin saw none released into circulation for the 2nd year running.
The 5p coin having had none released in 2018 had 92,800,000 released into circulation in 2019. A relatively small number compared to previous years and only the 8th time since 1968 that figure has been below 100 million. Not counting the years none got released.
10p coins- Now the long awaited 10p coins, if we deal with the shield firstly 2019 saw no shields released. And that brings us on the the long awaited A-Z 10ps.
If you have followed the founders of TCC you will have heard them saying for months the figure was around 84k for each letter.
84k is the figure for all of the A-Z coins apart from Q with 83k, R with 64k and W,Y and Z all with 63k mintage.
The reason I believe the lower numbers for some coins was to bring the total minted to 2.1 million.
20p saw 125,125,000 the 1st time in 3 years to see a 20p go into circulation.
50p Saw 3 designs going onto circulation the rarest one being Sherlock Holmes with 8,602,000 closely followed by the 2 Paddingtons, At The Tower and Catherdral both coming in with 9,001,000.
And finally the shield that saw 122,000,000
£1 coins saw a total of 138,635,000 minted
£2 coins saw a total of none going into circulation for the 3rd year running.
Now obviously just because these figures have been released does not mean that that is what went into circulation, as the demand for coins slowed right down last year expect a lot of these to be sat in cash centres and only enter circulation as and when they are needed.
* All data obtained from the Royal Mi
A mega rare Oliver Cromwell 50 Shilling gold coin from 1656 set a world record at auction this week when it sold for a staggering £471,200 ($643,597 USD)
Designed my Thomas Simon who was Cromwells chief engraver, it was expected to reach £100,000-£150,000 .
One of only a dozen of the coins known to exist, with the others in institutional collections it surpassed all expectations when going under the hammer at a Dix Noonan Webb auction.
After a lot of interest both on the phone and internet this coin once part of the Virgil Brand Collection was finally sold to a bidder from America.
The coin was part of the 4th sale of The North Yorkshire Moors Collection Of Coins And Medals amassed by Marvin Lessen, who spent his life working in the aerospace defence industry in various Countries across the world.
Moving to England in 1962 Mr Lessen settled in Scarborough, North Yorkshire and began collecting coins in a serious manner.
Eventually joining the British Numismatic Society in Oct 1964 and subsequently the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society by which time he was already well known to the top London dealers and Auction houses.
After the sale of this amazing coin Peter Preston-Morley of Dixon Noonan Webb stated “We are extremely pleased with the results of today’s sale, which saw the gold Cromwell 50-shilling piece fetch a world record price for a Cromwellian coin”