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June 11, 2024

Five Pound - 1820 to 1953 - Price Guide

5 Pounds 1820 to 1953 - Price Guide and values

The five pound British gold coin, also known as a quintuple sovereign has been struck intermittently between 1820 and 1953. One of the rarest coins in Great Britain, and a coin much sought after by collectors, is the Una and the Lion five pounds.

June 7, 2024

A Brief Description of Condor Tokens

A Brief Description of Condor Tokens

During the latter part of the 18th century Britain found herself with a severe shortage of small denomination coinage. Royal Mint issues of copper farthing and halfpenny coins had ceased in 1775 and none were forthcoming for 23 years. This shortage, coupled with the onset of the industrial revolution and the movement of more people into factory jobs, prompted the Parys Mines Co. in 1787 to mint and issue a copper penny token to pay their workers.

June 2, 2024

The Three Graces 1817 Silver Pattern

The Three Graces 1817 Silver Pattern

Produced in 1817, this pattern crown is depicting England, Ireland, and Scotland anthropomorphized as the Three Graces of Greek mythology wrapped in a circular embrace, the three Goddesses together represent the United Kingdom.

May 26, 2024

Two Pounds - 1820 to 1953 - Price Guide

2 Pounds 1820 to 1953 - Price Guide and values

A committee of the Privy Council recommended gold coins of ten shillings, twenty shillings, two pounds and five pounds be issued, and this was accepted by George, Prince Regent on August 3, 1816. The five-pound and two-pound pieces did not circulate to any great extent, and were kept primarily as souvenirs.

May 21, 2024

United Kingdom coins price guide and values - Hammered coinage

1649 to 1660 - Commonwealth coins price guide and values added

When the House of Lords was abolished in March 1649 basis of government in Britain disappeared. The monarchy was restored in 1660, but coins were minted during this short period (1649 to 1660). These coins don't have a King bust on either side. Instead, design is a shield containing the cross of St George and shields of England and Ireland.

May 17, 2024

British Half Guinea - 1669 to 1701 - Price Guide

Half Guinea 1669 to 1701 - Price Guide and values

The half guinea gold coins were first produced in 1669, some years after the Guinea entered circulation. The Elephant and Castle symbol appears in some of them, from the emblem of the Royal African Company in Africa. It was founded, as The Company of Royal Adventurers Trading to Africa after Charles II ascended to the throne in 1660.

May 15, 2024

United Kingdom coins price guide and values - Hammered coinage

Hammered coinage added - Charles II 1660 to 1662

British hammered coins were first produced in 600AD and stayed in production until 1662 when the milling process dramatically improved quality and security levels. Most coin denominations looked the same, and usually featured a profile of the ruling monarch, a coat of arms, a rose and a cross.

May 8, 2024

British 10 Pence - 1968 to 2023 - Price Guide

10 Pence 1968 to 2023 - Price Guide and values

The reverse of the coin, before the Royal Arms, was designed by Christopher Ironside and was a crowned lion (formally, Part of the crest of England, a lion passant guardant royally crowned). A lion passant is walking, with the right fore paw raised and all others on the ground. The smaller coin was issued on 30th September 1992.

May 6, 2024

British Shilling - 1702 to 1798 - Price Guide

Shilling 1702 to 1798 - Price Guide and values

The shilling as a coin was introduced at the beginning of the 16th century during the last years of the reign of Henry VII and until the middle of that century was known as a testoon. It was one of the first English coins to bear a real portrait of the monarch instead of the representative portrait which had served for the previous ten centuries.

April 30, 2024

British Coins price guide and values

British pre-decimal coins price guide and values - Proof added

A proof coins is a coin having a different and more refined manufacturing process than circulation coins. The corners and sides of proof are polished to give a cameo-like/mirror-like or matte finish.

April 29, 2024

Shilling - 1663 to 1701 - Price Guide

Shilling 1663 to 1701 - Price Guide and values

The shilling as a coin was introduced at the beginning of the 16th century during the last years of the reign of Henry VII and until the middle of that century was known as a testoon. It was one of the first English coins to bear a real portrait of the monarch instead of the representative portrait which had served for the previous ten centuries.

April 21, 2024

2 Pence - 1817 to 1848 - Price Guide

2 Pence 1817 to 1848 - Price Guide and values

A short-lived twopence denomination in silver was also produced, with circulation issues in 1817, 1818 and 1820, after which silver twopence coins were issued only as Maundy money.

April 17, 2024

50 Pence 2020 - Withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit Coin)

50 Pence 2020 - Withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit Coin)

The Brexit 2020 50 Pence coin features an inscription which reads Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations on the reverse. Unveiled by Chancellor Sajid Javid, it commemorates the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.

April 12, 2024

Farthing - 1821 to 1901 - Price Guide

Farthing 1821 to 1901 - Price Guide and values

After the mint moved from the Tower of London to Tower Hill the production of gold and silver coins took precedence over copper in the Great Recoinage of 1816. The production of copper coins did not resume until the reign of King George IV (1820-1830), when farthings were produced in 1821.

April 9, 2024

5 Pence - 1968 to 2023 - Price Guide

5 Pence 1968 to 2023 - Price Guide and values

The National emblem of Scotland, a thistle royally crowned was the design on the reverse of this denomination before the Royal Arms. The first use of the thistle as a royal symbol of Scotland was on silver coins issued by James III in 1470. After a review of the United Kingdom coinage in 1987, the Government announced its intention to issue a smaller 5p coin.

April 7, 2024

Third Farthing - 1827 to 1913 - Price Guide

Third Farthing 1827 to 1913 - Price Guide and values

The third farthing was minted in copper in 1827, 1835, and 1844, and in bronze in various years between 1866 and 1913. While exclusively authorised for use in the Crown Colony of Malta, third farthings are catalogued as British coinage because they are fractions of British currency, and Malta otherwise used standard coins of the pound sterling.

April 3, 2024

British Monarchs - 1751 to 1952

British Monarchs - 1751 to 1952

Small history of British monarchs: George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II.

March 29, 2024

Third Guinea - 1797 to 1813 - Price Guide

Third Guinea 1797 to 1813 - Price Guide and values

This gold coins were minted only in the reign of George III. The third guinea (seven shilling piece), a guinea being worth 21 shillings in sterling specie, was introduced in Great Britain by a proclamation of 29 November 1797.

March 25, 2024

Crown - 1703 to 1751 - Price Guide

Crown 1703 to 1751 - Price Guide and values

By 1751 the popularity of the silver crown had declined and it evidently played a limited role in circulation.

March 21, 2024

SSC British Coinage of 1723 - South Sea Company

SSC British Coinage of 1723 - South Sea Company

Letters SSC can be found on a small quantity of 18th British silver coins in the reverse quarters of the cruciform shields. It is a provenance mark, only added to pieces in 1723, and it refers to the South Sea Company.

March 18, 2024

Shilling - 1715 to 1798 - Price Guide

Shilling 1715 to 1798 - Price Guide and values

The Royal Mint undertook a massive recoinage programme in 1816, with large quantities of gold and silver coin being minted. Previous issues of silver coinage had been irregular. The 1787 issue was not intended for issue to the public, but as Christmas gifts to the Bank of England's customers. New silver coinage was to be of .925 (sterling) standard, with silver coins to be minted at 66 shillings to the troy pound. Hence, newly minted shillings weighed 2/11 troy.

March 13, 2024

3 Shillings - 1811 to 1816 - Price Guide

3 Shillings 1811 to 1816 - Price Guide and values

3 Shillings were issued by the Bank of England during the Napoleonic Wars, prior to the 1816 British Currency Act. This bank token denomination was one of three issued, two others being the 18 pence and the 9 pence. As these coins were not Crown coinage, they were classed as Bank Tokens and were accepted as money.

March 10, 2024

1 1/2 Pence - 1834 to 1862 - Price Guide

1 1/2 Pence (Three halfpence) 1834 to 1862 - Price Guide and values

The British three halfpence coin was produced for circulation in the British colonies, mainly in Ceylon and the West Indies in each year between 1834 and 1843, and also in 1860 and 1862. Proof coins were also produced in 1870. The coin is considered to be part of the British coinage because the territories it was struck for otherwise used standard sterling coin and had no independent monetary policy.

March 8, 2024

Sixpence - 1717 to 1787 - Price Guide

6 pence 1717 to 1787 - Price Guide and values

The sixpence acquired the friendly nickname tanner although quite how this came about is something of a mystery. Some attribute it to John Sigismund Tanner (1705-75), a former Chief Engraver of The Royal Mint who designed a sixpence during the reign of George II (r. 1727-60), whilst another theory is that the name comes from the Anglo-Romani word taw no meaning small one.

March 5, 2024

Numismatic definitions

Numismatic definitions

Like most fields of expertise, numismatics has its own lingo. Find the numismatic definition of a term

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