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Falkland Islands: Liberation is remembered with new silver crown coin

July 27, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, UK Coins, Uncirculated Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

The government and Treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (11th July) a new crown coin which remembers the 35th anniversary of the day the islands were officially and wholly liberated from invading forces of the Argentinian Army. The long-running dispute between Britain and Argentina over the ownership of the Falkland Islands was brought to a head on the 19th March 1982, when 50 Argentinians landed on South Georgia Island and hoisted their flag. Under the order of Leopoldo Galtieri, president of Argentina and head of the military junta in charge, the invasion of the Falkland Islands was declared on… Full article at the source>

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United Kingdom: Mr. Jeremy Fisher, second 2017 Beatrix Potter coin, now available

June 13, 2017 in Blogs, British Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Proof Coins, Royal British Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, UK Coins, World Coins

By: World Mint News Blog world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

The second release in the Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection features Mr. Jeremy Fisher—the first time the character has appeared on an official U.K. coin. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, the eighth of Potter’s little tales, follows the frog in his waterproof mackintosh and galoshes through a day of fishing adventures.

Once upon a time there was a frog called Mr. Jeremy Fisher; he lived in a little damp house amongst the buttercups at the edge of a pond.The water was all slippy-sloppy in the larder and in the back passage.But Mr. Jeremy liked getting his feet wet; nobody ever scolded… Full article at the source>

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Royal British Mint Issues New “Queen’s Beasts” Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

March 29, 2016 in Blogs, British Coins, Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, English Coins, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Royal British Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, UK Coins, World Coins

By: Dan Holmes world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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The Royal British Mint has announced the release of an impressive new series of gold and silver bullion coins entitled “The Queen’s Beasts.” The series will pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II by depicting various heraldic animals symbolizing strains of her ancestry.

The first design, created Jody Clark, will be available on one-ounce and 1/4-ounce gold coins, as well as on two-ounce silver issues. The one-ounce gold coins can be purchased now from authorized bullion dealers, while the others issues are expected shortly.

96671_SlabSMALLThe obverse features… Full article at the source>

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Double Sovereign Celebrates Prince George’s First Birthday

July 30, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, The Royal Mint, UK Coins, World Coins

By Michael Alexander

The Royal Mint have announced that a special double sovereign will be issued to mark the first birthday of the UK’s youngest Prince who is in direct succession to the British throne.

Little Prince George, the son of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, also known as William & Catherine, was Full article at the source>

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A record £516,000 for royal coin: Incredibly rare sovereign bearing head of Edward VIII and struck before abdication sold at auction

May 9, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, British Coins, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Rare Coins, UK Coins, World Coins

By Daily Mail Reporter May 8th, 2014. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

  • Coin is one of two gold ‘proofs’ struck before planned 1937 coronation
  • But it was never properly struck because Edward VIII stepped down in 1936

An incredibly rare coin bearing the head of Edward VIII has sold for a record £516,000, the highest sum ever paid for a British coin.

It is one of only two ‘proof’ gold coins that were struck ahead of the production of commemorative sovereign coins to mark the king’s coronation in 1937.

But in December 1936 Edward abdicated in order to marry US divorcee Wallis Simpson, before the sovereigns were made, making the coins redundant.

Today the coin collector who bought it said he would have bid another 50 per cent to secure the coin he called ‘the greatest and most famous British coin of all.

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The die that struck Britain’s first coins?

April 11, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, British Coins, Coins, Collecting, History, Museums, Numismatica, Numismatics, UK Coins, World Coins

Ian Leins and Emma Morris, curators, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum.  April 11th, 2014

One of the most recent acquisitions made by the Department of Coins and Medals is a highly unusual object – an ancient punch or ‘die’ used to manufacture coins in the second century BC. The die was found in Bredgar, Kent by a metal detector user in 2013 and is being used to shed new light on when the first coins were made in Britain.

The earliest coins found in Iron Age Britain date from around the second century BC and, until recently, it was believed that they were produced in Gaul (a region roughly equivalent to modern day France and Belgium) and imported into south-east England. These coins, known as Gallo Belgic A, were based on the gold coinage (staters) issued by King Philip II, ruler of the Greek kingdom of Macedon from 359 – 336 BC and father of Alexander the Great.

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PCGS Paris Grades Scarce 2014 £2 Britannia And Lunar “Mule” Varieties

March 14, 2014 in Bullion, Coin Errors, Coin Grading, Coins, Errors, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, UK Coins, World Coins

For immediate release 

March 13, 2014

News media contacts:

In Europe: Muriel Eymery, Phone: + 33 1 40 20 09 94

Email: MEymery@collectors.com

In the USA: Steve Sloan, Phone: (949) 567-1223

Email: SSloan@collectors.com

PCGS Paris Grades Scarce 2014  £Britannia And Lunar “Mule” Varieties

The £2 Britannia obverse design with denticles that was struck with the no-denticles reverse design intended for the Royal Mint's 2014 Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative.  (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service.)

The £2 Britannia obverse design with denticles that was struck with the no-denticles reverse design intended for the Royal Mint’s 2014 Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative. (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service.)

(Paris, France) — The Paris Submission Center of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGSEurope.com) has authenticated, graded and certified its first examples of the two recently reported varieties of British 2014 silver £2 Britannia and Year of the Horse “mule” error coins.

The PCGS Glossary (www.pcgs.com/Lingo) defines a numismatic mule as “a rare mint error where the obverse die is of one coin and the reverse die is of another coin.”

One variety of the recent Royal Mint mules is the £2 Britannia obverse design with denticles that was struck with the no-denticles reverse design intended for the 2014 Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative.  PCGS certified 461 of them during the recent PCGS Paris Grading Week, March 10 – 14, 2014.

The other variety is the no-denticles obverse of the Year of the Horse struck with the denticles reverse design intended for the £2 Britannia.  PCGS certified 22 of them in Paris.

Denticles are the tooth-like motif sometimes used as a design element around the inside rim of a coin.

The one-ounce, .999 fine silver bullion coins were submitted to PCGS by The London Coin Company of London, England in conjunction with the PCGS Paris Grading Week, March 10 – 14, 2014.

Ingram Liberman, President of The London Coin Company, said one of his customers first alerted him to the existence of the varieties.

The no-denticles obverse of the Royal Mint's Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative struck with the denticles reverse design intended for the £2 Britannia.   (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service.)

The no-denticles obverse of the Royal Mint’s Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative struck with the denticles reverse design intended for the £2 Britannia. (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service.)

“Back in late December 2013 or early January 2014 we had a call from one of our clients explaining he had purchased a 2014 Britannia £2 silver one-ounce coin and he wanted to return it.  He said it did not look like the picture of the coin he had purchased, and he thought the coin was a fake.”

After Liberman discussed the appearance of the coin with the client “the buyer quickly realized that, in fact, he had bought a £2 Britannia mule from us and wanted to hold onto it and to his collection.  He appreciated our honesty and integrity,Liberman explained.

“We chose PCGS to certify our coins because they are the strictest and most accurate authentication and grading company in the world with an internationally recognized reputation.  PCGS certification for coins is like GIA certification for diamonds: the leader in the industry,” stated Liberman, a PCGS Authorized Dealer.

“It’s always exciting to see a new coin variety in person for the first time, and these beautiful coins did not disappoint. These types of errors are highly sought after by collectors and already are bringing extremely steep prices.  They are true British numismatic pieces of history,” said Muriel Eymery, PCGS Vice President of International Business Development.

The Royal Mint is not describing them as errors, but rather as “a variation in the design for a limited time only.”  The Mint estimates that approximately 17,000 Britannia coins were struck with an obverse intended for the 2014 Year of the Horse, and about 38,000 Year of the Horse £2 silver coins were struck with the Britannia £2 obverse.

The PCGS Paris Submission Center office is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Appointments must be made in advance by calling +33(0) 1 40 20 09 94.

For additional information about PCGS services in Europe go to www.PCGSEurope.com.

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Silver bullion from sunken WWII ship makes it to the Mint at last

October 1, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, British Coins, Coins, Commemorative, News, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, UK Coins, World Coins

Coins commemorating 1941 sinking of SS Gairsoppa are part of 100-tonne haul recovered from North Atlantic

By: Maev Kennedy  theguardian.com

Commemorative silver coins are being struck from shipwrecked bullion that arrived at the Royal Mint more than 70 years late, after a German torpedo sent the ship carrying it to the bottom of the North Atlantic during the second world war.

The coins, intended for collectors, are made from part of a haul of almost 100 tonnes of silver recovered from a wreck lying three miles down, deeper than the Titanic. The silver is valued at up to £150m, the largest quantity of precious metal ever recovered from such a depth.

The coins show the doomed ship SS Gairsoppa, which sank on 17 February 1941 off the Irish coast after it was hit by a single German torpedo fired by U-boat U-101 weighed down by 7,000 tonnes of cargo including thousands of tons of pig iron.

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Thrupenny bit bearing the head of King Edward VIII before he abdicated his throne to marry Wallis Simpson on sale for £30,000

September 20, 2013 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Brass Coins, British Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, The Royal Mint, UK Coins

  • Royal Mint made the 12-sided coin dated 1937 after King George V died

  • Prince Edward succeeded his father but abdicated before his coronation

  • He was succeeded by his brother, King George VI, in December 1936

By SUZANNAH HILLS 17 September 2013 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

An incredibly rare coin bearing the likeness of King Edward VIII which was made before he famously abdicated his throne has emerged for sale for £30,000.

The 12-sided coin, worth just threepence when it was made, was an experimental piece produced by the Royal Mint after the death of King George V.

Edward automatically succeeded his father but abdicated before his coronation so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

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Made of money: The Royal Mint where cash is banned

July 26, 2013 in Coins, Education, English Coins, News, The Royal Mint, UK Coins

By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter, BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk)

Old, damaged or rejected coins are among the materials thrown into a roaring furnace by workers – some employed here for nearly 40 years – on eight-hour shifts, night and day.

Their job is to make money.

Melting down metal in the hot end is the start of the process that results in five billion coins being produced at this site in Llantrisant, south Wales, every year.

Despite churning out currency for the UK and around the world, one thing you will not find in the pockets and purses of staff at the mint is their own cash.

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Stylish New Design for 2013 Gold and Silver Britannia Coins

July 15, 2013 in British Coins, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, UK Coins

July 12, 2013 By Michael Alexander (http://news.coinupdate.com)

The Royal Mint have issued the new Britannia series with a stylish and classical new design as well as new products including for the first time, five ounce sizes for both silver and gold options. From 2013, the Britannia range will now include two design versions – that of the traditional depiction of Britannia by Philip Nathan as originally introduced in 1987 and a new second design which will be produced for one year only, this ensures that the Britannia range changes annually while also retaining a traditional and continual aspect for collectors of all tastes and budgets.

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A bad penny? New coins and nickel allergy

June 24, 2013 in British Coins, Coins, Health, Nickel Coins, UK Coins

By Anna Lacey BBC Health Check (http://www.bbc.co.uk)

Tests suggest people with a nickel allergy can be at increased risk when handling the UK’s new 5p and 10p coins.

The coins, introduced in January 2012, caused a complete shake-up in the world of small change.

Instead of the copper-nickel alloy that’s been weighing down our pockets since 1947, new 5p and 10p pieces will be made from steel and coated with a layer of nickel.

To the untrained eye, there’s very little difference. They’ve got the same silver shine and the same jangle.

But for the 10% of the population who suffer from a nickel allergy, they could feel very different indeed.

Concerned dermatologists wrote to the British Medical Journal after the coins were released to call for a proper assessment of the health risks.

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