Coins & Banknotes

The Bentley Collection

Part two sold on the 27th September 2012 for an incredible £2.25m and included the record breaking price of £780,000 achieved for the 1920 Sydney Mint Sovereign
Regarding the 1920 Sydney Mint sovereign Baldwin’s state that:
 “the greatest rarity in the Colonial Gold Sovereign Series, most specimens are housed in institutions Read more

Selected Highlights from the David Fore Collection

1839 Rupee – Unique in private hands with two others in the Calcutta mint.

Obverse: Head to left. VICTORIA QUEEN This Pattern was produced by a native die cutter due to the slowness of the dies coming from London and the need for coinage. The fact that it was rejected Read more

World’s Most Expensive Coins

Flowing Hair Dollar

Price: $7.85million
Flowing Hair Dollar, a rare coin tops the list of world’s most expensive coins. IRVINE – a Laguna Beach resident sold this coin, minted in 1794 in silver, from his rare coin collection – which he refers to as a “national treasure.” It was sold for Read more

The Story of the Farthing

“Fourthing”
The only commonly produced coin for many years was the silver penny.
Before 1279, if change smaller than a penny was needed, it had become common to divide a silver penny into two halves, or four quarters. This could have been called halving and fourthing. It certainly appears that the Read more

The Pleasure and Profit of Coin Collecting

The first coins ever invented were probably stamped ingots of electrum, a mixture of gold and silver, created by the Lydians, a people of Asia Minor, in about 650BC. The most famous Lydian was King Croesus who introduced pure gold coins and was the inspiration behind the expression as Read more

Mintmarks on Gold Sovereigns

Branch Mints
Since 1871, British sovereigns were struck at branch mints, in addition to the Royal Mint in London.
The first branch mint to strike sovereigns was Sydney in Australia. It made good sense to produce British sovereigns close to the gold mining source areas, rather than ship the gold to Read more

The Gold Sovereign

The Gold Sovereign was first issued during the reign of Henry VII in 1489 and had a value of twenty shillings. In those days if a coin had a face value of twenty shillings it would have an intrinsic gold bullion value of the same and these coins were Read more

Pleasure and Profit of Coin Collecting

The first coins ever invented were probably stamped ingots of electrum, a mixture of gold and silver, created by the Lydians, a people of Asia Minor, in about 650BC. The most famous Lydian was King Croesus who introduced pure gold coins and was the inspiration behind the expression as Read more

Investing in Rare Coins

Investing in Rare Coins
Why not go one better than gold bullion and look at rare coins as an investment medium? You can do this directly, through building up an investment-grade collection yourself, or short circuit the process by buying a ready-made coin collection through a fund that’s already listed Read more