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.
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.
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.
It gives me great pleasure to bring to you some news that we at The Coin Community received yesterday. Some of you may have seen already on social media that we are now official affiliates to The Royal Mint.
What this means is that we will now be among the first to hear about new coins, and any other coin related news, but the exciting part is it means we will be able to bring you, the people who support the website exclusive deals with the Royal Mint.
These come in a variety of ways, one being by clicking a link on the TCC site and going direct to the item in question. The second way will be via email, for this we now have set up a subscription to the website. All you need do is pop in your email address and that is it.
At regular intervals we will send out an update email, relating to coin releases or coin news and from time to time we will be able to include links to The Royal Mint.
Now not every time will there be discounts or offers for you, but we ask that every time you go shopping at The Royal Mint if you would be so kind as to click via one of our links. We will make a small percentage from each sale and that will go towards the running of the website and getting you all some great prizes for you to win.
Your email address will only ever be used to send out updates, and will never be shared with a third party.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the visitors to the website as it is you guys who have made this possible.
Thank you all.
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”
Today Monday 25th January see's the latest release in the Queens Beast series of £5 coins minted my The Royal Mint.
The striking Griffin Of Edward111 coin is the tenth in the popular run of coins. Both sides of this coin have been designed by Jody Clark.
The design, part lion and part eagle combines what is regarded by many as the king of beasts (lion) and the air (eagle) to create a creature more powerful than both of them, The Griffin.
The Griffin has appeared in English heraldry since the twelth century and was elevated to Royal status by Edward111.
In Greek and Roman texts, griffins were associated with gold deposits of Central Asia. Indeed, as Pliny the Elder wrote, "griffins were said to lay eggs in burrows on the ground and these nests contained gold nuggets."
Griffins may be shown in a variety of poses, but in British heraldry are never shown with their wings closed.
Available in limited-edition gold and silver Proof editions, as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition, The Queen’s Beasts now stand together as one – a formidable phalanx of ancestral creatures drawn from centuries of royal history.
Buy yours by clicking the link below.
We here at the Coin Community informed you last week of emails sent out by The Royal Mint informing customers that the Decimalisation 50p and the Annual sets are delayed.
A lot of rumours began to circulate as to why this may have happened, ranging from Covid to an error.
We can reveal today that the issue for them being delayed is due to an error in the packaging.
On the inside of the packaging it details the introduction of decimal coins and as you read on it shows you a picture seen on the left, that states " The Design For 2020" when it clearly should be 2021.
So the natural conclusion is that the Royal Mint will be changing this to 2021. Although there has been no official comment, but it would explain the delay in this coin. Exactly how many coins have been sent out with the incorrect date is not known.
The Royal Mint today released a video on their YouTube channel giving a sneaky peek at a new collection coming in 2021.
Very little is known at present as the video just shows some Mr Men characters and the quote coming in 2021.
There is currently 17/01/2021 nothing on the Royal Mint website to indicate what denomination this could be.
The Mr Men series was created in 1971 by the author Roger Hargreaves and in 1981 released the little Miss series featuring female characters, so also coincides with the Mints 50 years of decimalisation collections.
As of 2015 there have been a total of 85 Mr Men.
Either way it is an exciting collection to look forward to this year.
Customers desperate to get there hands on the new releases this year have been left fuming this afternoon.
1000s of people have received emails from the Royal Mint informing them that delivery of the Annual set will be delayed until Mid Feb and those hoping to receive the 50 years of decimalisation 50p are fuming after being told it will be late Feb before they receive the coins.
It is unclear why there has been a delay, it seems hard to believe that Covid would play a part in this happening as the Country was already in Lockdown before these had been put up for sale by the mint.
The emails leave a lot to be desired, just stating unforeseen circumstances.
Full email below.
Thank you for your recent order of the 2021 coin celebrating the 50th anniversary of Decimal Day.
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we are experiencing some delays and as a result we will not be able to ship your order until late February.
We understand how disappointing this is, and we offer our apologies for the delay. We are doing everything possible to ensure items reach customers as quickly as possible.
If you would like to discuss your order then please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Customer Service Team
Today, 11th January sees the release of the 1st 50p of the new year.
The 50 years of decimalisation celebrates 50 years since the UK went decimal on Febuary 15th 1971.
Switching over from the centuries old system of pounds, shillings and pence was far from an overnight task.
It took years of planning that involved lots of information for the public, new machines, a new factory to produce the coinage along with new production techniques.
50 years later and the Royal Mint bring us a striking design depicting carefully selected pre-decimal coins and sets.
The BUNC edition of this coin being sold features a different portrait to the year sets. The year sets contain the 2nd portrait by Arnold Machin whereas the coin released as a single coin today goes back to the more common 5th portrait by Jody Clark.
Will this drive the price of the coins from the year set up as we saw last year with the TeamGb. Being the only way to own the 2nd portrait is to buy a year set it is likely to see a similar price with this coin
One of the most striking coins to feature in the 2021 annual coin sets has to be the 50 years of decimalisation 50p coin.
Although decimalisation did not happen until Feb 15th 1971 decimal coins actually entered circulation before then.
In 1968 the 5p and 10p coins were introduced to replace the shilling and the florin. Being the same size and value as the pre-decimal coins meant they could circulate together until D-Day 1971.
It proved to be a useful step in getting people ready for what was to come.
Arnold Machin was tasked with designing a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth.
In the new portrait the Queen is seen wearing a tiara rather than the wreath.
The Tiara had been given to Queen Elizabeth by her Grandmother, Queen Mary.
In similar fashion to Mary Gillick before him Arnold Machin avoided using a "couped" portrait, which was the norm in coins issued earlier in the century.
A modified version of the Arnold Machin portrait has been used on postage stamps since 1967, meaning it is probably one of the most reproduced images in history.
Arnold Machin OBE sadly passed away on 9th March 1999.
What a striking coin and portrait this really is.
With the long awaited release of the Annual 2021 year set yesterday came a lot of confusion surrounding one of the coins. With many collectors hoping to cash in like last year when the Team GB coin was included and the cancelation of the Olympics saw the price of this coin rocket into the £30s on well known auction sites.
So it was not really a surprise to see many people on social media rubbing there hands together at the thought of another error coin, or at least a possible mistake.
Causing a bit of a stir on social media has been the HG Wells £2 coin with many suggesting it is an error. The coins depicts the Alien machine from The War Of The Worlds made famous by HG Wells first published in 1897.
Many are suggesting that the machine depicted is called a "Tripod" yet the image on the coin has 4 legs.
Having looked into this a little bit further this morning it would appear that the machines in the War Of The World novels are known as simply "Martians" and in the original had 4 legs. Although in many other variations of the novel they can have upto 6 legs.
I believe the confusion has come from a totally different novel and in fact a different Author.
The Tripods is a series of young adult novels written by John Christopher starting in 1967, the first two where the basis of a TV science fiction series produced in the UK in the 1980s.
So I am sorry to say, it would appear that people hoping this coin would be removed and re-struck are in for a surprise as it is exactly as portrayed by HG Wells in his novels.
Today finally saw the release of the long awaited annual year sets by the Royal Mint.
A few surprises thrown in there, a lot of people had been expecting the Team GB 50p for the postponed Olympics to be included. But in no real surprise to me the Mint have decided against this.
For 2021, a collection of coins celebrates and explores the stories behind Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott, who made history come to life, John Logie Baird and the making of television, and H.G. Wells, the man who made science fiction reality. Interwoven with The Royal Mint’s history, we also celebrate how we were the change makers in 1971 as we mark the 50th anniversary of decimal day, and wish Her Majesty The Queen a happy 95th birthday as she continues to make a nation proud.
As usual these sets are available in a variety of options starting at £30 for the uncirculated definitive collection, £55 for the annual coin set. £155 for the Proof edition set £210 for the Premium Proof set £587 for the silver proof piedfort set £640 for the silver proof set and finally £7100 for the gold proof set.
Click the link below to purchase your set direct from the Royal Mint.
As we get ready to bring in the new year many collectors will have there eyes firmly fixed on the Royal Mint website eagerly waiting for the annual year set to arrive. Usually available to purchase from January 1st collectors will be upset to hear that the Royal Mint have posted that they will not be available to purchase until 9am on 4th January.
It looks to be another interesting set, will they include the 2021 Team GB coin, due to the Olympics be postponed. Will it include the 50 years celebrating decimalisation.
One thing for sure is that it will be a well sought after set.
Image: change range
The Royal Mint have recently rolled out the annual coin of the year. In what can only be described as a huge shock the crowned the Diversity 50p as their coin of the Year.
This comes as a massive surprise to me, most people and indeed most coin-tubers who have reviewed the coin on there own YouTube channels feel that this is indeed a coin that appears to have been rushed out.
With the Year we have had, with everything centred around the Black Lives Matters movement it felt as this was a coin only minted to appease people. We had earlier in the Year the debate about if there are enough people of ethnic origin on UK coins and this in itself brought huge debate.
Whilst I do not consider the Diversity coin to be overly ugly in design I do however feel that there have been better releases this year.
Of course this was a category that was voted for by the public so I should not be to scathing in my distaste for this winning coin of the Year.
It received a total of 864 votes which was 157 more than had voted for the 2nd place coin
The Withdrawal from the European Union coin which marks the UK leaving the EU, better known as Brexit.
The Remembrance Day coin was crowned third place as The Royal Mint commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Unknown Warrior, which in my opinion is a far better design.
The Diversity 50p coin
It was also designed by The Royal Mint’s Dominique Evans, who has a number of coin designs in her portfolio.
Dominique also designed the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the Queen’s Sapphire coronation.
The 50p piece features interconnected triangles and the commemorative range is available to purchase.
Dominique Evans, Designer at The Royal Mint, said: “When designing this coin, I began by thinking about the people who inspire me and what diversity has meant in my life.
“I believe that no matter where you are born, we all belong under the same sky and this was the starting point of the design.
“The background of the coin features a geodome with a series of interconnecting lines and triangles that form a network. Each part is equal and symbolises a community of connection and strength.
“The words ‘DIVERSITY BUILT BRITAIN’ talks about the differences between us and the connection which gives us unity. The design also looks to the future, how we can connect, develop bonds and grow stronger together.”
Anne Jessopp, CEO of The Royal Mint, said: “Britain’s history is rich and diverse. For more than 1,100 years, the nation’s story has been told through coins struck by The Royal Mint, a narrative carried in the pockets and purses of all its people.
“The contribution of ethnic minority communities has been such an important part of that story but has often gone unrecognised.
“This coin has been created to celebrate all the people who have made Britain what it is today.”
The Diversity Built Britain coin was also released during Black History Month.
*** Quotes taken from The Express.co.uk
** Stock Image
A shopkeeper has issued a warning after he was handed fake £2 coins.
He was said the young man came into the Premier Store based on Lyndhurst Road in Burnley last week.
The shopkeeper named 'Ali' runs the shop and said the shopper wanted change for £60 because ‘he had sold his PlayStation’.
Ali told us: “We thought a little strange at the time as that is a lot of money to be wanting to change.
“He gave us ten £2 coins and we started counting them. They just did not seem right.
“But then I think he then panicked and left the store with the rest of the coins without taking any money off us.
“He could be more than 17 to 18 years of age.”
Ali said they followed him outside and he and another accomplice who was believed to be in a nearby chippy sped off in a car.
“When we checked the coins properly you could tell something was not right about the weight. They were also sharper in design and the colour wasn’t right.
“If you look at them though they seem really genuine and I am sure they must have fooled people already.”
The incident happened on Wednesday December 16 and Ali said they did call the police.
“Nobody has got back to us at the moment.”
Experts say one of the easiest ways to spot a fake £2 is the edge of the coin. Genuine £2 coins for the UK mainland should have an inscription on the edge of the coin.
Real £2 coins are also never magnetic as fakes contain iron and steel rather than the copper, zinc and nickel used by the Royal Mint.
Police were contacted for comment.
*** Supplied by Lancashire Telegraph and Louzcoins
As 2020 draws to an end and we sit back and reflect on what has been a difficult year for everyone I feel it only right to question if collecting coins is being made harder and harder by those who produce the coins.
This year we have had the usual rarities with Pobjoy and The labours Of Hercules coins with many now listed on Ebay and other selling sites starting at around the £40 mark and rising to well over £100.
It would be fair to say that the pandemic has driven the price of many coins up, mainly because less people are doing coin hunts therefore making the coins more scarce.
But what the likes of Pobjoy do is sell a coin with an extremely low mintage knowing it is going to sell out, and here is where the price gets hiked up. They allow you to purchase multiples of the same coin. Meaning it will sell out faster and some people will end up with up to 8 of that coin. Whack it on Ebay and the sale of 1 coin covers the cost of the entire purchase.
You may well be of the opinion, hey that is business and that is how the World works which is fine until such time comes when this happens to a coin you may like.
I had a similar experience on 2 occasions with The Westminster Collection, firstly with the Breast Cancer £2. I purchased the coin. Only to a week later receive and email from Westminster to say they had over sold and would have to cancel my order. I do not have an issue with that, but when you are allowing people to buy 6 or 8 of a coin that is where I have an issue. More so with this coin as it was supposed to be raising money for breast cancer and was being sold for silly money on Ebay.
The exact same happened with The Westminster Collection and the Jersey Zoo coin, again I ordered it, only to be emailed later and told this had been oversold and the could not honor the sale.
Check the prices on Ebay now.
And of course this past month we have seen the same thing happen again with Gibraltar Christmas coloured 50p and £2.
I believe it was 6 of each they allowed you to purchase from a mintage of 1000. Now the coins are on Ebay for as much as £160 each.
Gibraltar stamps who sold the coins did inform customers that because of demand they would reduce peoples orders who had multiples of the same coins. Very noble, well if they had actually carried it out. One look on Facebook and you will see people selling multiples of this coin, so how did they get them if Gibraltar cancelled the orders?