United Kingdom: “The Griffin,” Second of the Queen’s Beasts Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

On December 9, 2016, the Royal Mint will release the second of 10 coins in the “Queen’s Beasts” series. The first coin was released in March 2016. The original Queen’s Beasts were a series of statues representing the lineage of Queen Elizabeth II. For her coronation in 1953, a temporary annex was built at the […]

The Historic Gold Sovereign

This week saw reports of the upcoming anniversaries of two of the world’s classic gold bullion coins: the 50th anniversary of the gold Krugerrand, and the 200th anniversary of the gold Sovereign that preceded it. World Mint News Blog decided to take a look at the Sovereign’s storied history, along with a handful of rarities […]

Alderney £5 Remembrance Day Coins

The Royal Mint is taking orders for its annual Remembrance Day commemorative coins. Remembrance Day is observed every November 11 by members of the Commonwealth of Nations. In the United Kingdom, local ceremonies are held throughout the country; the Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph during the large ceremony in London. (Scroll to the bottom […]

Royal Mint Releases Gold and Silver Coins Marking Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings

The Royal Mint has released four coins dedicated to the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, in which William the Conquerer of Normandy defeated King Harold, England’s last Anglo-Saxon monarch. The anniversary design is available on a 22-karat gold Proof coin, a .925 silver Proof piece, a .925 silver Proof Piedfort version, and a […]

2016 UK Portrait of Britain £5 Silver Collection

The Royal Mint is now accepting orders for its 2016 Portrait of Britain £5 Silver Collection, which includes four silver coins celebrating famous natural sites located around the United Kingdom. The coins feature images of Snowdonia in Wales, Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, the Lake District in northern England, and the White Cliffs of Dover along […]

Royal Mint Releases 2016 Britannia Gold and Silver Coins

The Royal Mint has released its 2016 range of Britannia gold and silver coins, which includes a variety of sizes and product options for collectors to consider. The silver coins are composed of 99.9% silver and are available in one-ounce Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated versions, a five-ounce Proof piece, and as a six-coin Proof set. […]

UK Releases “Great Fire of London” Gold and Silver Series

The Royal British Mint has released four new coins highlighting the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which destroyed the oldest section of the city over a four-day period in 1666. A vivid reverse design depicting the event was created by Aaron West and is available on gold and silver Proof coins, a […]

Royal Mint Issues Collector Versions of Last “Round Pound”

The Royal Mint UK has released two collector versions of its last “round pound,” a design that has been circulated for 30 years and will be replaced by a twelve-sided pound coin in 2017. Collectors can choose from a 92.5% silver Proof Piedfort commemorative round pound as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated clad issue. The obverse of […]

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

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 by Jody Clark, will be available on one-ounce and […]