As 2018 draws to a close, here at Collectors Gallery we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to look back at some of the incredible coins that were released in the last 12 months.
From innovative new minting techniques to absolutely stunning designs, 2018 has been quite a year for coin collectors!
We’ve chosen some of the most popular coins from the past 12 months, which you can see below. But we NEED YOUR HELP in deciding what coin is to be crowned the collector’s favourite.
Please decide from the following coins and vote for your favourite in our poll at the bottom of the blog.
The Bumble Bee and Bloom 5oz Fine Silver Proof Coin
This coin truly is a WORLD FIRST. It features an amazing interactive component: a moveable bumble bee, which spins around the rose-gold plated bloom using gyroscopic technology. You just have to tilt the coin to watch the bee fly!
However, this is not just a world first in minting technology, but also a spectacular work of art that has made a gorgeous addition to many collections.
The High Relief Day of the Dead Skull Silver 1oz Coin
Sure to send a shiver down your spine, this intricate coin is nearly a centimetre in depth. The third release in the Skulls coin series, the Day of the Dead Silver Skull coin is struck using the most innovative of modern minting techniques to create the incredible 3D effect and fine detail of the elaborate calavera designs. Struck from 1oz of fine silver with an antique finish, this coin has to be seen to be believed.
The Official Star Wars Ultra High Relief Death Star Silver 2oz Coin
This officially licensed Star Wars 2oz Fine Silver coin provides the ultimate collector’s item for any Star Wars fan.
Featuring an incredibly detailed depiction of the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star, this unique 2oz fine silver coin has been finished to a Proof standard. With an ultra-high relief and concave design, this Silver Proof coin sets itself as the unrivalled Star Wars commemorative in the Collectors world.
The Death’s Head Hawkmoth Black Proof Silver 2oz Coin
The first thing you’ll notice about this hauntingly beautiful coin is the shadowy black proof finish and the unusual shape of the coin, both of which are achieved using expert minting processes that haven’t been around for long.
Struck from 2oz of pure silver, the coins unexpected thickness gives the Hawkmoth’s ordinarily fragile body a haunting intensity.
For the first time EVER, a brand new technique called ‘lapping’ has been used to create a bright, reflective surface on the wings which contrasts beautifully against the black proof finish – the glint as it catches the light will have you believing the Hawkmoth has come to life…
The Official AC/DC Black Ice Album Cover Black Proof Silver 2oz Coin
AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide and have been given the title of “The greatest rock and roll band of all time.”
So it seems only right that to celebrate 10 years since the release of one of AC/DC’s most iconic albums, an officially licensed coin, struck from an impressive 2oz of fine silver with a striking black proof finish, has been issued.
It features the cover of AC/DC’s 2008 album ‘Black Ice’. The coin combines selective colour with intricate engraved design and high relief using state of the art smart minting.
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The Royal Mint has today announced the release of a coin that everyone has been anticipating since the moment HRH Prince George of Cambridge was born on 22nd July 2013 – a coin celebrating the four generations of royalty.
This is the first time that all four generations of royalty have been celebrated on a UK coin. The last time four generations of royalty were celebrated together was in 1894 under the reign of Queen Victoria.
2018 is an incredibly special year for the Royal family as they celebrate a variety of important milestones including the Queen’s 65th anniversary of her Coronation, the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday and Prince George’s 5th birthday so it’s perfect timing for such a special coin issue!
Here’s everything you need to know about this important new release:
The stunning reverse features an original design by much-loved heraldic artist Timothy Noad, and ornately shows the initials of the current four generations, E, C, W, G, and represents the heritage of the House of Windsor.
The coin is available in several different finishes, all with varying edition limits that are likely to sell out quickly. Here’s your guide to the new 2018 Four Generations of Royalty coin range:
Perfect Quality. Very Affordable.
The Royal Mint is releasing a brilliant uncirculated base metal version of the Four Generations of Royalty £5 coin. These coins have been specially struck and carefully handled to ensure that they are free of scratches and chips found amongst circulating coins.
Known as Brilliant Uncirculated (BU), they are available for £13.00 in a Royal Mint Presentation Pack or £10.99 in a Change Checker Certified Brilliant Uncirculated Collector Card.
Silver Proof – the Collector’s Favourite.
The Silver Proof £5 coin is firmly established as the most sought-after coin amongst collectors because they have all the qualities that collectors really desire.
- Precious metal content– struck from 925/1000 Sterling Silver.
- Strictly Limited Edition– just 5,000 coins. That’s 3,000 less than the Sapphire Jubilee £5 Silver Proof coin. That had a mintage of 8,000 and completely sold out at The Royal Mint.
- The 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. The ultimate coin quality.
Double the thickness. More than twice as limited.
For silver collectors looking for something even more collectable, the double thickness Piedfort edition is the pinnacle of Royal Mint craftsmanship, they are twice the thickness and weight of a standard coin. They also have much lower edition limits than their standard silver counterparts.
There are just 2,000 Four Generations of Royalty £5 silver proof Piedfort’s – less than half the maximum mintage for the standard £5 silver proof.
The Gold Standard
For the ultimate limited edition, you can own the Four Generations of Royalty in Gold proof. This has been issued in two specifications: the Gold Proof ¼ oz coin and the £5 Gold Proof coin.
The ¼ oz is struck from 24 Carat Gold and just 1,100 have been authorised for release.
The £5 is struck from 39.94g of 22 Carat Gold to a flawless proof finish. Only 500 will be issued – 250 LESS than the equivalent Sapphire Jubilee Gold £5 that completely sold out at the Mint in ONE WEEK.
Due to its very limited nature, we will contact you directly to discuss owning the Gold Proof £5 Coin if you are interested – please complete the form below:
If you’re interested …
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Each year, The Royal Mint marks important British anniversaries, events or accomplishments on our coins and today we are delighted to reveal the UK’s new coin designs for 2018.
Scroll down to take a first look – I can assure you that you will not be disappointed!
Representation of the People Act 50p
This 50p celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which allowed all men over the age of 21 and women over the age of 30 the right to vote. Arguably one of the most significant Acts in modern British history, it laid the foundation for equality and democratic freedom that the UK has today. The stunning design features a detailed image of five figures in glorious celebration.
First World War Armistice £2
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice, concluding four years of bloody and gruelling combat, the like of which had never been seen before. ‘On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ the guns fell silent on the Western Front, a victory for the Allies but at a cost of over nine million soldiers’ lives. The words ‘the truth untold the pity of war’ are engraved on the reverse of this coin.
Royal Air Force Centenary £2
This coin marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF. It is the oldest independent air force in the world. Involved in critical missions throughout every decade and confrontation, the RAF have protected Britain’s skies since its inception and were integral to the victories in WWI and WWII. The iconic design on this £2 coin shows the iconic RAF Badge.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein £2
This £2 coin pays tribute to Mary Shelley, marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of her most famous gothic novel ‘Frankenstein’. There’s no other iconic character in Horror than that of Frankenstein’s monster! It can be regarded as the first sci-fi novel ever written. The engraving, ‘The Modern Prometheus’ on this £2 coin, is a reference to the classical myth for which this story draws parallels with.
The 5th Birthday of HRH Prince George £5
This coin celebrates the 5th birthday of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Born on the 22nd July 2013, Prince George is the first born to their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and third in line to the throne. Over the past five years, from his birthdays to his first day of School, we have seen him grow into a charismatic young prince, winning a space in all the nation’s hearts. This beautiful traditional design features St George atop his stallion slaying the fire breathing Dragon.
All of these designs are stunning and there’s no doubt that these coins will only become more desirable in the years to come. I’m sure you already have your favourites, let us know in the comments!
If you’re interested…
You can secure the brand new 2018 coins in the limited edition DateStamp™ UK Specimen Year Set. Each of the new coins have been struck to Brilliant Uncirculated quality and encapsulated alongside a 1st Class Stamp which has been officially postmarked by Royal Mail with their first day of issue – 1st January 2018.