Britain’s most popular EVER 50p – and how you can WIN one…

The 2016 Peter Rabbit Silver Proof Coloured 50p Coin

The 2016 Peter Rabbit Silver Proof Coloured 50p Coin

29 February 2016 – the release date of the Peter Rabbit 50p – will go down in the record books as one of the most remarkable days in coin collecting history. 

Because in just a few days all 15,000 coloured Silver Proof Peter Rabbit 50ps had SOLD OUT – making it the fastest selling and most popular Silver UK 50p coin EVER.

And they could have sold more – thousands of collectors were left disappointed. Nowadays, on the rare occasion a coin comes up for sale, it will go for around £400 on Ebay. Not a bad return for a coin that originally cost £55!

WIN this Peter Rabbit Coloured Silver 50p!

WIN this Peter Rabbit coloured Silver Proof 50p!

You can win this Peter Rabbit 50p – they change hands for up to £500 on Ebay!

Now, one year on, we have managed to get hold of one of these ultra-rare coins in pristine condition (with all original packaging) and here’s how you can WIN it…

Simply enter your details below and we will draw one luck winner out of the hat on 5 April 2017. It’s that easy – so good luck and fingers crossed!

Terms & Conditions

1. No purchase is necessary to enter.
2. The draw will take place on 5 April and the winner will be notified on that day by email to the email address provided.
3. The winner will receive the “Peter Rabbit Coloured Silver 50p”.  There is no cash alternative.
4. Participants agree to meet reasonable requests to assist publicity if required.
5. The prize draw is promoted by The Westminster Collection, trading division of 288 Group Ltd.
6. Employees of 288 Group and their families are not eligible to enter.

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All you need to know about the new 12-sided £1 Coin Collector Editions

In just 3 weeks’ time, The Royal Mint will release 1.4 billion brand new £1 coins into circulation in what is the single biggest change to the UK’s coinage since decimalisation.

It is, of course, a much anticipated day for coin collectors keen to own one of the first coins. But with enough £1 coins entering circulation for everyone in the population to own more than £20’s worth, the standard circulation coin will be two a penny – well at least two a pound.

That’s why serious collectors are looking to mark this numismatic milestone with something a bit more special – one of the collector editions being released by The Royal Mint, several of which have edition limits that seem certain to sell out quickly.

Here’s your guide to the most collectable versions of the new 12-sided £1 coin.

Perfect Quality. Very Affordable.

The Nations of the Crown 12-Sided £1 Coin CERTIFIED BU

2017 UK Nations of the Crown CERTIFIED BU £1

Of course, quality is everything for coin collectors, which is why The Royal Mint is producing a collector quality base metal version of the new 12-sided £1 coin. Unlike the coins you’ll find in your change, these pieces have been specially struck and carefully handled to ensure that they remain free of the scratches and chips found amongst their circulating counterparts.

Known as Brilliant Uncirculated (BU), they are available for £9.99 in a Royal Mint Presentation Pack or £5.99 in a Change Checker Certified Brilliant Uncirculated Collector Card.

28th March – a Day to Mark

The new 12-sided £1 DateStamp™ issue

The New 12-Sided £1 DateStamp™ Issue

Whilst the Brilliant Uncirculated Coin is not issued in a limited edition, just 2,017 coins have been set aside for an ‘issue day’ DateStamp™ release. Professionally encapsulated alongside a 1st Class Stamp officially postmarked by Royal Mail with the 28th March release date, the New £1 DateStamp™ issue allows you to mark the release of the new £1 coin with a unique limited edition one-day-only piece for just £19.99.

Silver Proof – the Collector’s Favourite

The new 12-sided £1 Coin Silver Proof Edition

UK 2017 New 12 Sided Silver Proof £1

Perhaps the most important of the Collector Editions is the Silver Proof £1 Coin. Silver Proof coins have all of the qualities that collectors really desire.

  • Precious metal content – struck from 925/1000 Sterling Silver with 24 Carat Gold-plate to create the outer ring.
  • Strict Limited Edition – just 25,000 individual coins. That’s HALF the number of Silver Proof £1 Coins that were issued for the original Round £1 Coin in 1983.
  • Perfect Proof Finish – even better than Brilliant Uncirculated, Proof coins are struck several times using specially polished dies to create a flawless finish with a perfect mirrored background and frosted design. The ultimate in coin quality.

Double the thickness. More than five times as limited.

The double-thickness Silver Proof Piedfort 12-Sided £1 Coin

UK 2017 New 12 Sided Silver Piedfort £1

For silver collectors looking for something even more collectable, the double thickness Piedfort edition is likely to be the first of the £1 sell-outs.

That’s because collectors not only own a rare double-thickness new £1 coin but there are just 4,5000 of them – less than five times the maximum mintage for the standard £1 silver proof. 

The Gold Standard

The Nations of The Crown 12-Sided £1 Coin 22 Carat Gold Proof Edition

UK 2017 New 12 Sided Gold Proof £1

For the ultimate limited edition, you can own the Gold Proof £1 Coin. Struck from 22 Carat Gold with a red gold outer ring, just 2,017 single coins have been authorised for issue.

Due to its very limited nature, we will contact you directly to discuss owning the Gold Proof £1 Coin if you are interested – please complete the form below.

Sign up here if you would like to be contacted about the Gold edition:

The new 12-sided £1 Coin Range

If you’re interested…

You can own one of the special Collector Edition 12-Sided £1 Coins today, click here to view the full range.

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New Royal Mail Stamps to celebrate ‘Sport of Kings’…

…And our day with Grand National Winning Jockey Bob Champion MBE

Bob Championing signing the Racehorse Legends Stamps Framed Collector CardWe were visited recently by 1981 Grand National Winning Jockey Bob Champion MBE.

Bob’s remarkable story is well documented. Given just 8 months to live after being diagnosed with cancer in 1979, he rode to victory two years later astride 11-year-old Aldaniti at the Grand National – Britain’s most cherished jump race.

Bob would subsequently win the 1981 BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year award alongside Aldaniti, before being awarded his MBE in 1982.

And so when Bob agreed to come down to our offices to sign the 500 framed Royal Mail Racehorse Legends stamps, we were absolutely delighted.

Bob signing the Racehorse Legends StampsThe stamps, revealed below, feature horses which have all in the their own unique way created a piece of British horse racing history. They are scheduled for release on 6 April 2017 – the first day of the Aintree meeting ahead of this years’ Grand National.

So it felt fitting that Bob should be the man to sign these framed presentations – exclusively for Westminster Collection customers – given his quite remarkable and irrefutable status in the Grand National Hall of Fame.

Here are some details about the eight new stamps…

1st Class – Red Rum:horse racing stamp red rum

Voted no. 3 favourite horse by Racing Post readers. Greatest race: 1977 Grand National (ridden by Tommy Stack). The only three time winner of the Grand National.

horse racing stamp arkle1st Class – Arkle: 

Won 27 of his 35 starts. Voted no. 1 favourite horse by readers of Racing Post. Greatest race: 1964 Cheltenham Gold Cup (ridden by Pat Taaffe). His first Cheltenham Gold Cup was a dramatic win as he dethroned Mill House and showed his greatness for the first time. Described by John Randall and Tony Morris in their book A Century of Champions as “…a freak, an unrepeatably lucky shake of the genetic cocktail, the nearest thing the sport has ever seen to the perfect machine”.

£1.05 – Desert Orchid: horse racing stamp desert orchid

“Dessie”voted no. 2 favourite horse by Racing Post readers. Greatest race: 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup (ridden by Simon Sherwood). Added drama of a narrow win in this famous victory.


£1.05 – Kauto Star:

Greatest race: 2009 King George VI Chase (ridden by Ruby Walsh). His huge 36-length victory enabled him to replace Desert Orchid as the top-rated steeplechaser.



£1.33 – Frankel: horse racing stamp frankel

Unbeaten in his 14-race career, Frankel is the top-rated horse in the world since the World Best Racehorse Rankings were initiated in 1977. Greatest race: The 2000 Guineas in 2011. Frankel is named after the Hall of Fame trainer, Robert Frankel and was trained by Sir Henry Cecil. Ridden by: Tom Queally.

£1.33 – Brigadier Gerard: horse racing stamp brigadier gerard

Won 17 of his 18 races and named British Horse of the Year 1972. Voted no. 5 favourite horse by Racing Post readers. Greatest race: 1971 2000 Guineas (ridden by Joe Mercer). His defining moment, beating Mill Reef his great contemporary.


£1.52 – Shergar: horse racing stamp shergar

European Horse of the Year 1978. Guardian Classic Trial, Chester Vase, Derby, Irish Derby, King George VI and QEII Stakes (1981). Greatest race: Epsom Derby 1981 – longest winning margin in that race’s history.

horse racing stamp estimate

£1.52 – Estimate: 

To the delight of Her Majety the Queen, Estimate won the 2013 Gold Cup at Ascot, the first horse owned by a reigning monarch to do so. It is very rare that a horse becomes a legend from just one race but this is one of those exceptions.


A Regal Tribute to the ‘Sport of Kings’

The stamps, reproductions of beautiful original artwork by internationally renowned equestrian artist Michael P. Heslop, are sure to be highly sought after by anyone with an interest in the sport and stamp collectors alike.

If you’re interested…horse racing framed collector card

You can reserve all of the new Racehorse Legends stamps now on a limited edition Framed Collector Cardhand-signed by 1981 Grand National Winning Jockey Bob Champion. 

Click here for more details >>

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