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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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I can’t help but get a little bit excited at this time of year, the cold nights, the bright lights and of course the count down to the big day!

But what’s most exciting for me, is to see the wonderfully festive coins being issued all over the world in time for Christmas.

And in the last few weeks, we’ve seen renowned Mints issue beautiful Christmas coins that would take pride of place in any collection and be treasured forever!

So if the dark dreary winter months are getting you down, these stunning festive coins are sure to perk you up.

I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite 2019 Christmas coins from around the world that I’d like to share with you, starting of course with a truly spectacular festive release…


The coin so sought-after it SOLD OUT before the official release date!

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The Royal Canadian Mint are always looking for ways to push the limits on what can be achieved next in the minting world…

Before anything else, you should know that this coin proved so popular that it’s already SOLD OUT.

This coin truly is a piece of excellence from The Royal Canadian Mint and pushes the limits on what can be achieved through minting.  

State of the art innovative gyroscopic technology allows the coin to actually move (see for yourself in the video below!) and a sophisticated design magnificently merges engraving and casting and silver and gold.

This outstanding work of art has to be seen to be believed and will add a dose of Christmas cheer to any family occasion – or mantelpiece!

But remember, unfortunately it’s now SOLD OUT and it’s easy to see why!


Merry Sithmas!
Darth Vader Silver Note

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Even one of the most infamous villains celebrates Christmas…

Did you know that the most recent Star Wars films have been released around Christmas? For many, it is a family tradition and this year is set to be no different with the release of The Rise of Skywalker on 19th December. 

Officially licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd, just 10,000 of these PURE Silver ‘Seasons Greeting’ Notes featuring a ‘thrilled’ Sith Lord, Darth Vader, have been issued worldwide.

When you consider that of Star Wars is the 2nd highest grossing film franchise of all time, it certainly won’t be enough to meet fan demands.

Click here to get your hands on one now – I have a sith sense they won’t be around for long >>


Wish upon a star…
A three-dimensional 1oz Antique Silver Twinkling Star

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Wish upon your very own PURE Silver Star…

Produced using Smartminting technology©, this magnificent three-dimensional coin has an incredibly intricate level of detail – making it appear sculpted rather than struck!

A coin like this is nothing short of revolutionary and earns its place as one of Collectors Gallery’s favourite Christmas finds.

Click here to get yours ‘lunar rather than later’!


Cook Islands 2019 Winter Wonderland Globe

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Shake the globe and watch the coins design come to life!

Festive coins are popular in themselves, but when put inside of a REAL snow globe – it really brings the magic of the coin to life.

Struck from FINE .999 Silver, the coin has been placed inside a globe which has been produced in Vienna by the Perzy family who invented them in the 19th century.

Every single globe is handcrafted, made of the highest quality glass and filled with pure alpine water to create the perfect illusion when the coin is shaken over the family scene.

All previous coins within the snow globe collections have SOLD OUT and – as easily the most traditional of them all – this is expected to be no different.

This coin is limited to just 2,019 worldwide – so if you want to get your hands on one in time for the festive season you’ll have to be fast!

Snow much fun, I’m sure you’ll agree! Click here to find out more >>


Own your personal
Guardian Angel Coin

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This magnificent coin is struck from just 14mm of PURE Gold!

Often struck in unusual shapes and smaller than a five pence piece, the intricate detail achieved really is outstanding!

This re-issued coin features a Guardian Angel in the form of Saint Michael, slaying the devil in the form of a dragon – Raphael Maklouf’s renowned artistry. For many of us, the thought of a Guardian Angel watching over us and protecting us is a comforting one – and this coin means you’ll have one looking over you this Christmas.

The design is framed by an elaborate border with variations of the Isle of Man’s coat of arms, the triskele, which appears at the top above the angel’s halo – and all of this on just a 14mm coin!

Click here to own your very own protector in PURE gold >>>


If you’re interested

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But that’s not all the festive fun! There’s plenty of other incredible commemoratives available in our complete Christmas Collection. To view the full range click here >>

Our top festive collector picks this Christmas…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at The Westminster Collection! And to celebrate, we’ve put together our FIRST EVER Christmas Show that showcases our top collector picks for the festive season.

Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or are after the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, there’s bound to be something that makes it onto your list! So sit back, grab yourself a mince pie and join Adam and Rachel as they reveal why each of these Christmas collectibles are so special…


As seen on the show…

The UK 2019 Snowman™
Silver Proof 50p

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The 2019 UK The Snowman™
CERTIFIED BU 50p

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The 2019 Christmas
Pantomime Silver
Proof 50p Set

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The Christmas Pantomime
50p Coin Set

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The Winter Wonderland
Christmas Snow Globe
Silver Coin

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The Peter Rabbit™
Christmas Commemorative

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The Christmas Sixpence Frame

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If you’re interested…

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But that’s not all the festive fun! There’s plenty of other incredible commemoratives available in our complete Christmas Collection. To view the full range click here >>

50th Royal Mail Christmas Issue released

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Issued to mark the 50th Royal Mail Christmas issue – just 1,000 available

Did you know that since Royal Mail issued their first Christmas stamp in 1966, over 17 billion Christmas stamps have been printed in Britain?  In most years since, Christmas stamps have gone on to become the most popular issue of the year.  The 3rd November 2015 saw the 50th Great Britain Christmas issue to be released.

In honour of this milestone I would like to take the opportunity to look at some my favourites from these 50 issues.

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Royal Mail’s first Christmas stamps issued on 1st December 1966

1966

Despite many requests over the years that the Post Office issue Christmas stamps, these had always been refused until Tony Benn became Postmaster General.  He had originally wanted them in 1965 and even suggested a charity surcharge. Time was against him which meant 1966 was the soonest possible.

Benn, through the Post Office, organised a competition among schoolchildren aged under 15.  The competition was launched on Blue Peter, which at the time received viewing figures of around 8 million twice a week. Response to the competition was huge.  Over 5,000 designs were submitted which were assessed by a team of eight professional stamp designers.  These first British Christmas stamps featured a design by Tasveer Shemza (of King Wencleslas) and James Berry (Snowman).

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David Gentlemen’s beautifully designed stamps featuring the Twelve days of Christmas.

1977

In 1977 the Twelve Days of Christmas were immortalised on the Christmas issue.  David Gentleman’s clever design managed to include all 78 gifts mentioned in the song without the stamps looking cluttered and untidy.

1981

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The designers of the 1981 stamps were all chosen from a nationwide competition launched on Blue Peter.

The Christmas issue of 1981 really stands out for me as they were the first Christmas stamps that I remember. Again a nationwide competition was launched on Blue Peter and really caught the attention of children up and down the country.  Unfortunately my entry did not make it on to the issued stamps!  The five designs that were chosen were from children aged between 5 and 16.

2004

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2004’s Christmas issue features Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas on his busiest night of the year.

I think 2004 is my favourite of all the 50 Christmas issues.  These six stamps feature Raymond Briggs’ beloved Father Christmas as he goes about his duties on his busiest night of the year.

Starting with the 2nd class stamp we see him begin to deliver presents in a calm moonlit night, before battling through the elements(40p, 57p, 68p and £1.12) but by sunrise on Christmas Day all is calm again and his work is done (1st class).

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From 2005 Royal Mail decided to alternate each year between secular and non secular Christmas issues.  For the 50th issue the Christmas issue is non secular.  The eight Christmas 2015 stamps feature six traditional scenes from the Nativity story: The Journey to Bethlehem, The Nativity, The Animals of the Nativity, The Shepherds, The Three Wise Men and The Annunciation.


If you’re interested…

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Perfect to send festive wishes or to add to your collection

Send festive wishes with this beautifully designed limited edition Christmas card issued to mark the 50th Great Britain Christmas issue

Click here for further details.