A few weeks ago, I returned from the American Numismatic Association’s World Fair of Money in Chicago. Not only is Chicago famed for its bold architecture, a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers and a rich history of jazz, but it is also the home to international coin trading and developing. And I returned to British turf with more than just my suitcase…
As any collector will know, the original 1986 U.S. Silver Coins are one of the most difficult products to secure. In fact, across decades of SELL-OUTS and over 500 million sales, I have tried for years to get my hands on these coins but was always left disappointed. Until now…
My American partner has FINALLY helped me to specially source just 400 of the original 1986 U.S. Silver Eagle 1oz Silver Coins!
Also known as the MOST POPULAR COIN IN THE WORLD.
Read on to travel back to 1986 America and uncover what makes this coin so sought-after, its consistent sell-out history, and why it is one of the scarcest products we have ever had available…
In the U.S., coin collecting is one of the most competitive global markets! This is no surprise when you consider some of the most exquisite and iconic designs emerge from the coins of our American cousins. For years we have seen the increasing demand for U.S. coins, especially in the UK where they are rarely seen, let alone secured.
And November 24th 1986 was no exception! This was the date that the U.S. Mint released 5,393,005 of the original 1986 U.S. Silver Eagle coins with an iconic and patriotic design, never before seen by the American public. In fact, John Mercanti’s innovative reverse design which uses the eagle and thirteen stars to symbolise the strength and unity of the American colonies became the most sought-after design the country had ever seen.
What’s more, records were broken when this entire mintage SOLD-OUT immediately from the U.S. Mint!
DECADES OF SELL-OUTS
The Silver Eagles are undeniably the most sought-after products in coin collecting. And whilst 1986 marked the first year of SELL-OUTS at the U.S. Mint, 36 years later the pattern continues…
For example, the 2021 edition SOLD-OUT 175,000 Silver coins in just 3 days. This followed on from the record-breaking success of 2014 and 2015, which SOLD-OUT 91 million U.S. Silver Eagles over both years…
Interestingly though, during arguably the toughest month we have seen in decades (March 2020), U.S. Silver Eagle sales skyrocketed. In fact, the U.S. Mint ran out of its trademark Silver Eagle bullion coins as revenue increased by a whopping 300%!
JUST £29 Deposit…
But now, we are giving just 400 lucky Westminster collectors the chance to secure the very first edition of the U.S. Silver Eagle in exclusive packaging to guarantee and preserve its authenticity! Considering its title as one of the world’s most popular coins combined with a consistent sell-out history, you must act now to add this record-breaking product to your collection before it inevitably follows suit…
The good news is you can secure yours today with an initial deposit of just £29 (+p&p), followed by four further equal interest-free monthly instalments. This is undeniably the most cost-effective way to secure the first EVER U.S. Silver Eagle and preserve a significant piece of American history…
40 years ago, in 1982, an unprecedented cinematic event took place that stirred the souls and captured the imagination of countless generations.
When “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” landed in theatres, the heartwarming story of a young boy who befriends a stranded alien quickly broke all box office records to become an instant classic.
More than just a marvel of visual effects, E.T. embraced our hearts, let us believe in the impossible, and most importantly, encouraged us to keep reaching for the stars.
Celebrations around the world have already started to mark the 40th anniversary. We are also excited for the IMAX re-release that came out in August!
And now, Steven Spielberg’s unforgettable masterpiece has been brought to life on FIVE Brand New Coins to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”!
Keep on reading to find out more…
The E.T. 40th Anniversary BU Colour Coin Set
This 50 Cent set has been released in an extremely limited specification – Coloured Brilliant Uncirculated. Reserved for the most important releases, only very limited numbers of BU colour coins are ever released.
Given the rare specification, very few are being made available for collectors. In fact, just 995 will be released worldwide, and this will be the only way you can own all five 50 cent coins in the exclusive colour Brilliant Uncirculated specification.
Each set will come in a Presentation Box along with the Certificate of Authenticity, confirming its strict 995 edition limit.
The E.T. 40th Anniversary Silver Proof Coin Set
Of course, you can own ALL 5 of the new E.T. coins in stunning Silver Proof quality too!
Limited to JUST 500 sets worldwide, your FIVE Silver Proof coins will arrive presented in a deluxe presentation box, ready to display in your home with pride.
Again, we expect the full edition to be to be snapped up in the UK – before it’s offered further afield…
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Ultimate Coin Cover
All five BU coins have also been included in this special coin cover – easily the ultimate way to own and present this set.
Paired alongside your coins is a specially commissioned “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 40th Anniversary” philatelic label. As well as this, the presentation cover has also been officially postmarked by Royal Mail on the 40th anniversary of the movie release date – 11th June 2022.
This one-day-only postmarking means that no more can ever be produced.
Its edition limit of JUST 495 is confirmed on the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity which sits inside the Presentation Folder.
The collectability and strict edition limit of this Ultimate Cover is sure to attract the attention of collectors – so you’ll need to act quickly.
The E.T. 40th Anniversary Silver Proof 5oz Commemorative
And we’re not done there…
Because you can also celebrate this 40th anniversary with this stunning Silver 5oz Commemorative.
Words really do not do this commemorative justice; the craftsmanship is truly impeccable.
Struck from 5oz of .999 Fine Silver, Steven Spielberg’s unforgettable masterpiece has been brought to life on the design, featuring the famous bike scene on a moon backdrop, and the inscription ‘E.T. PHONE HOME’.
With high-demand expected and such a small edition limit, you’ll have to act quickly to secure one for your collection.
It will arrive protected in a Presentation Box alongside a Certificate of Authenticity confirming the tiny edition limit.
With prices starting from JUST £6.99, you can discover all the brand new products in the E.T. 40th anniversary range here. Including the BU coin, the BU Coin set, Silver Proof Coin and the Silver Proof Coin Cover, there really is something for every collector on this significant anniversary.
There’s never been a better time to bring back those nostalgic memories. And with E.T. carrying a worldwide fanbase, reservations are now being taken on a first come first served basis – we would advise acting now!
Who doesn’t love the legacy of the Chinese horoscope? The Royal Mint certainly does! And going off the yearly SELL-OUTS, clearly so do collectors.
Read on to explore the history of this poignant Chinese tradition, the joyful creature to ascend in 2023, and how the Royal Mint’s latest release could continue the sell-out history…
Firstly, you may be wondering why the Chinese lunar years each bear the names of twelve different animals. Well, an ancient tale can divulge all truths…
The story goes that one of the most important gods in traditional Chinese religion, the Jade Emperor, set-up a race with all the animals in the world. Twelve species turned up at the start line: a pig, dog, rooster, monkey, sheep, horse, snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger, ox, and rat.
As a reward for merely attending, the emperor named a year in the zodiac after each one. However, the race was used to determine the order each animal would be placed…
The cunning and versatile Rat was placed first, and due to its incessant appetite and laziness, the Pig came last after getting peckish and dozing off!
2023 is the year of the Rabbit. The Rabbit marks the fourth Lunar Year in the calendar, and if we go by the ancient tale, came fourth in the race!
Those born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, and of course – 2023 – are said to be kind, elegant, vigilant, witty, and quick-minded! Does this sound like you or someone you know? Well, The Royal Mint have the perfect gift for them…
The Shēngxiào Collection
Since the Year of the Horse in 2014, The Royal Mint have been designing exquisite coins to match the everchanging animals that usher in the new Lunar Year!
With a reverse design imaginatively created by varying artists, the vast array of unique characteristics and qualities of each animal are individually captured.
And you cannot deny some truth in the ambition of the Dragon, the honesty of the Monkey, or the resilience of the Ox.
But today, we are calling all RABBITS!
Known for almost a decade of consistent sell-outs, the Shēngxiào Collection’s latest release is guaranteed to leave even our most dedicated collectors emptyhanded.
A guaranteed SELL-OUT?
When you consider Lunar Year coins since 2014 have SOLD-OUT ALL Silver Proof specifications, it is no surprise that this series is renowned as one of the largest ongoing coin programmes in the world!
As an international phenomenon, most of these coins are usually snapped up by collectors in the Far East, making this collection one very few British collectors will ever see… let alone own.
In fact, with the adorable International Rabbit Day fast approaching on the 24th of September, you have all the more reason to celebrate NOW before it inevitably follows the SELL-OUT pattern!
The EXTREMELY SOUGHT-AFTER 1oz Silver Proof edition
Struck from .999 silver to a perfect Proof finish, only 2,888 of these exquisite coins have been produced WORLDWIDE!
What’s more, The Westminster Collection have only been able to secure JUST 200!
You must remember that ALL silver specifications of the Lunar Year series have SOLD-OUT consistently since 2014, guaranteeing only our most dedicated collectors will be able to secure the latest release for their collection or gift to a beloved Rabbit!
In fact, by securing one your own Lunar Year of the Rabbit 1oz Silver Proof coin, you will be contributing towards a DECADE of Lunar Year Silver SELL-OUTS!
The Collector’s Favourite Specification…
Struck to Brilliant Uncirculated quality, your Lunar Year of the Rabbit £5 coin will arrive free of the marks and blemishes found on regular circulating coinage.
In fact, each coin will arrive protectively sealed in a bespoke Royal Mint presentation pack which creatively celebrates the blend between traditional Asian culture and British design, and of course, the significance of one of China’s most protected symbols: The Rabbit!