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2017 Peter Rabbit Gold 50p Set - In 2017 the Royal Mint offered a very special limited edition gift set: an exclusive edition of the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit with a 22-carat gold 50p proof coin.
Coin Fair Midland Coin Fair 2018 - Every month we have a stand at the Midland Coin Fair. We are buying and selling coins and scrap gold/silver. We are happy to give advice, evaluations or just generally talk about coins! There is a small charge to get into the coin fair. Name: Midland Coin Fair Dates: Second Sunday of each month. Opens […]
Gold Unicorn What is a Chinese Gold Unicorn Coin? - The Chinese Gold Unicorn is a series of bullion coins minted between 1994 and 1997 and created primarily for the export market. The coins are so named as each coin has an image of a unicorn on it.
2013 Coronation Celebration Sovereign 2013 Coronation Day Gold Sovereign - On the 2nd June 2013, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th year of her reign. Only Queen Victoria had previously achieved this amazing milestone. To honour the event, the Royal Mint minted a gold sovereign on the very day itself.
1873 Danish 20 Kroner The Christian IX Gold 20 Kroner - The Christian IX Gold 20 Kroner was minted between 1873 and 1900.  Christian IX was the King of Denmark from 1863 to 1906. He was first Danish monarch of the House of Glücksburg.
Gold Panda What is a Gold Panda? - The Chinese Gold Panda is a series of 24 carat gold bullion coins that have been minted since 1982 by the People's Republic of China. Each year depicts a (usually different) image of a Panda.
Maria Theresa Thaler What is a Maria Theresa Thaler? - A Maria Theresa thaler is a silver bullion coin that has been minted continuously since 1741. All Maria Theresa thalers minted after 1780 bear the date '1780'. Probably between 400 to 800 million thalers have been minted since it was introduced and is still being made by the Austrian Mint today.
2015 Silver Two Pound Proof The Royal Navy Box 2015 Silver Two Pound Proof The Royal Navy - The 2015 Silver Two Pound Proof The Royal Navy is a silver proof version of the 2015 £2 currently in circulation, and we can use this to illustrate how the Royal Mint is augmenting its coins by issuing product variants to reach as large as possible coin collector base.
2012 Gold Ten Pounds Diamond Jubilee 5oz Case The 2012 Gold Ten Pounds Diamond Jubilee 5oz coin - The 2012 Gold Ten Pounds Diamond Jubilee 5oz coin was issued to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years of reign. This is an incredible coin, with a diameter of 65 mm and 156g of .9999 gold.
1966 Rhodesia Gold Set The 1966 Rhodesia Gold Set - The 1966 Rhodesia Gold Set has a interesting history to it. Originally, this country located in Southern Africa, was know as Southern Rhodesia. Today it is know as Zimbabwe.
Pre-47 British Coins How Quids, Bobs, Florins, Tanners and Joeys Got Their Names - For centuries, British coins have been given colloquial names, nicknames such as Quids, Bobs, Florins, Tanners and Joeys. Some of these terms are so old that their etymology is no longer clear, but here are a few explanations of the more famous names.
Queen Victoria Gold Sovereign Heads Queen Victoria Gold Sovereigns Portraits (Heads) - Victoria ruled for 64 years, a record only recently surpassed by Queen Elizabeth II. Over her long reign she posed for many portraits for coins but on the gold sovereign there are three major variations: Young Head, Jubilee Head and Old Head.
German Gold 20 Mark Wilhelm II Wilhelm II Gold 20 Marks Germany - Wilhelm II of Germany (1859-1941) was the last Emperor of Germany and was King of Prussia. Wilhelm II Gold coins were the last gold coins issued by Germany.
1904 Maundy Set What is Maundy Money? - Maundy Money are coins traditionally given out by the Monarch as a gift to the poor at Royal Maundy. The ceremony, which is associated with Christianity, is held on Maundy Thursday which is the day before Good Friday. The Maundy set consists of four coins, denominated one penny, two pence, three pence and four pence.
Coin Fair Midland Coin Fair 2017 - Every month we have a stand at the Midland Coin Fair. We are buying and selling coins and scrap gold/silver. We are happy to give advice, evaluations or just generally talk about coins!
1933 Gold Double Eagle Reverse The Gold Double Eagle - The Double Eagle coin is an American Gold coin that was minted between 1849 and 1933. The coin got its name as the original Gold Eagle (minted from 1795) was denominated $10, and as this coin is denominated $20 then it is effectively a double Eagle. The 1933 coin will cost more than $8 million.
20 francs Vreneli Gold Coin Swiss Gold 20 Francs – Vreneli, Helvetia - The Vreneli is the informal name of a series of gold coins made in Switzerland. The coin is known by a variety of names, formally as Helvetia Head (English) Tête d'Helvetia (French) or Helvetiakopf (German).
UK Money piedfort What is a Piedfort Coin? - A Piedfort coin is one that looks like a normal coin but is typically twice as thick. The double thickness means that (say) a silver coin has twice the amount of silver as a normal coin, increasing its investment value.
Silver Britannia Reverse What is a Silver Britannia Coin? - A Silver Britannia is a British one troy ounce silver bullion coin issued by the Royal Mint. The silver Britannia has been issued since 1997 and its name derives from the image on the reverse of the coin which always shows Britannia in various poses. The coin has a denomination of two pounds is usually minted every year.
1813 George III Gold 'Military' Guinea Obverse What is a Guinea? - The Guinea is a famous British gold coin minted between 1663 and 1814. The coin was originally created as a one pound coin (20 shillings) but is better known as being worth One Pound and One Shilling (21 shillings).
American Gold Buffalo What is an American Gold Buffalo Coin? - The American Buffalo, or simply Gold Buffalo, is a 24 carat ('karat') one-ounce gold coin struck by the United States Mint. It's design is based on the Indian Head Nickel. The coin is legal tender with a face value of $50.
American Gold Eagle What is an American Gold Eagle Coin? - The American Gold Eagle Coin was introduced in 1986 as an official gold bullion coin so the USA could compete with other Country's offerings. It is offered as 1oz, ½oz, ¼oz and tenth oz, both as proof and uncirculated.
Gold Britannia Reverse The Gold Britannia - The Gold Britannia is a British 1 troy ounce (31.104 g) Gold coin, minted by the Royal Mint. It has a millesimal fineness of 0.9999 making it a 24 carat gold coin. It is denominated as £100.
2017 Krugerrand Obverse The 2017 1oz Gold Proof Krugerrand - 2017 is a special year for Krugerrands; it is the 50th anniversary of the first minting of this iconic coin back on the 3rd July 1967. The coin has been very successful and during the 1960’s and 1970’s, South Africa produced 75% of the World’s gold output. The Krugerrand is legal tender but despite having […]
What is a Gold Sovereign? - The Gold Sovereign is a British Coin made of 22 carat gold. It is about 22 mm in diameter and weighs 7.9881 g. The sovereign is one of the most ubiquitous of all British coins and keenly sought after by both coin collectors and bullion investors. They have been minted since 1817. The English Gold Sovereign […]
Krugerrand Gold Jubilee (1967-2017) Offers Gold, Silver and Platinum Krugerrands - To celebrate 50 years of the iconic Krugerrand 1oz gold coin (1967-2017), the South African Mint has issued a large family of new coins which see the 1oz Krugerrand minted for the first time in silver. The Silver 1oz Krugerrand coin is offered as proof and uncirculated: 2017 Krugerrand 1oz Fine Silver Proof 2017 Krugerrand […]
Piedfort Gold Sovereign Royal Proclamation Allows 2017 Piedfort Gold Sovereign - Royal Proclamation Allows 2017 Piedfort Gold Sovereign In the UK, before a coin may become legal tender it has to follow the Coinage Act 1971. What this means is that new coins have to be approved by the State before going into production. The UK government advices and the Queen must give her approval for […]
The Auction way is not always the best - Selling to M J Hughes Coins may net you more money than selling at auction. With precious metal prices still at an historical high, sending your silver items to auction, or to an antiques dealer may not be the best route. A large number of items, such as various silver cutlery, teapots, trays etc are […]
Early Proof Sets -   As most people who know me (Max) will you tell, as a numismatist, my main passion is British milled gold coins. These include gold five pounds pieces (£5), two pounds pieces (£2), sovereigns, half sovereigns, five guineas, two guineas, guineas and so on. However, the coins that top the list for me has to be […]
gold coin sets Selling Royal Mint Gold Coin Sets - We want to buy your Royal Mint Gold Coin Sets. Sell Royal Mint Gold Coin Sets to M J Hughes Coins – It’s fast and easy! We are gold coin dealers based in Alton, Hampshire. Call us today for an immediate price. A Brief History of Royal Mint Sovereign Series Sets Over the past few […]