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Edward III 1343 Florin - One of the most expensive coin in the world

Edward III 1343 Florin - One of the most expensive coin in the world

Listed in most top 10 most expensive coins in the world, only 3 examples of this medieval England gold coin exist. Also called Double Leopard, 2 of them are owned by the British Museum in London and both of them were found together by schoolchildren on the River Tyne in 1857.

By Lightw4re | Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The unique 1952 Proof Penny

The unique 1952 Proof Penny

The only kown 1952 british penny, submitted by Sovereign Rarities, a London-based coin dealer, was certified recently by NGC. This unique coin was graded Proof-64 Red and Brown. In 2016, Spink estimated the value of this coin at £75,000.

By Lightw4re | Monday, April 20, 2020

Edward VIII Sovereign - The 1 Million Pounds Gold Coin

Edward VIII Sovereign - The 1 Million Pounds Gold Coin

This gold (22-carat) £1,000,000 coin was created as part of a trial set following Edward VIII's ascension to the throne in January 1936, but was never released to the public after he gave up the throne. First British coin in history to sell for that price, this Edward VIII Sovereign example was described by the Royal Mint, which oversaw the transaction, as one of the most coveted in the world.

By Lightw4re | Sunday, March 15, 2020

Maundy money

Maundy money

The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which has its origin in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good Friday. The commandment, or mandatum, that ye love one another (John XIII 34) is still recalled regularly by Christian churches throughout the world and the ceremony of washing the feet of the poor which was accompanied by gifts of food and clothing, can be traced back to the fourth century.

By The Royal Mint | Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Trial of the Pyx History

Trial of the Pyx History

The name Pyx refers to the chests in which the coins are transported, and derives from the Pyx chamber in Westminster Abbey where historically the chests were kept. Little has changed in the procedure since the reign of Henry III; throughout the year, coins are randomly selected from every batch of each denomination struck, sealed in bags containing 50 coins each, and locked away in the Pyx boxes for testing at the Trial.

By The Royal Mint | Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The History of the Gold Sovereign

The History of the Gold Sovereign

The name Pyx refers to the chests in which the coins are transported, and derives from the Pyx chamber in Westminster Abbey where historically the chests were kept. Little has changed in the procedure since the reign of Henry III; throughout the year, coins are randomly selected from every batch of each denomination struck, sealed in bags containing 50 coins each, and locked away in the Pyx boxes for testing at the Trial.

By The Royal Mint | Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Story of Decimal Coinage

The Story of Decimal Coinage

For those of us under the age of 50, it is hard to imagine accounting in pounds, shillings and pence, a system whereby 12 pennies made a shilling and 20 shillings a pound. But that was the complex arithmetic our grandparents wrestled with and, moreover, was a system which they were reluctant to see disappear.

By The Royal Mint | Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Britannia - The Spirit of a Nation

Britannia - The Spirit of a Nation

When the Romans subdued these shores, they named the territory Britannia, personifying the province in the form of a female warrior. Conceived as a symbol of strength, this inspiring figure helped establish political unity. And for 2,000 years she's been a reassuring presence through times of upheaval and change. Dynasties fall but Britannia endures, underpinning our national identity.

By The Royal Mint | Wednesday, February 15, 2012

British East India Co. a power unto itself

British East India Co. a power unto itself

You've probably heard about the Boston Tea Party, the Opium Wars with China and Napoleon's exile to the remote island of St. Helena. But did you know that ll these major world events, and many more, occurred because of the East India Company? It all started Dec. 31, 1600.

By George Manz | Monday, July 1, 2002

Britain's Cartwheel Coinage of 1797

Britain's Cartwheel Coinage of 1797

You've probably heard these words and names before: Cartwheel, Soho, Matthew Boulton, and James Watt. But did you know how instrumental they were in accelerating the Industrial Revolution? Like the strands of a rope, the history of Britain's 1797 Cartwheel coinage is intertwined with the Industrial Revolution.

By George Manz | Saturday, September 1, 2001

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