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Coin Collector

Issue 12

Coin Collector gives you all the information, news, expert advice, market insight and inspiration you need to build your coin collection and get the most from your hobby. Every issue features in-depth collecting guides giving you the lowdown on coins from a wide range of periods and location, from Viking and Roman coins to the latest coins issued by mints around the world. Each issue includes the unique and popular ‘British Numismatist’ section, bringing you the latest discoveries, exhibitions, theories and literature from the academic world of numismatics. Written by authors, curators and learned experts, the pages provide an academic yet still accessible take on the hobby.

United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Collecting coins can throw up all kinds of quirks and varieties that the less observant collector might miss. The recently issued ‘Team GB’ 50p is a good example. The coin features two dates (‘2020’ and ‘2021’) thanks to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games and the subsequent delay in releasing the coin (read more on page 58). We really wish this new Olympics 50p was being put into general circulation so we could search for it in our change, but it’s still a nice design with the added appeal of the story behind it. Will you be adding this ‘dual-dated’ coin to your collection? Go back a in time a little further and the 20p redesign of 2008 presented a rare example with no dates at all thanks to an…

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writing in this issue

Murray Andrews Dr Murray Andrews holds a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He specialises in the archaeology of the medieval economy, with a particular focus on the material culture of money. He currently works as a freelance numismatic specialist for archaeological units. Read Murray’s latest piece on page 32. Ema Sikic Ema is an archaeologist and art historian, and is a coin specialist at Baldwin’s. Her first encounter with numismatics was via her grandfather’s coin collection. She learned more about coins in the Numismatic Department of the Archaeological Museum of Zagreb. Ema provides a guide to coins of the English Civil War on page 24. Jonathan Callaway Jonathan Callaway is a retired banker who has researched, studied and collected paper money for over thirty years. He is the co-author of catalogues and histories…

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coin collector editorial board

Jonathan Callaway is a Director of the International Bank Note Society Lawrence Chard Founder and Expert Numismatist, Speciality Sovereigns Elizabeth Cottam Specialist in Celtic coins and Director of Chris Rudd Ltd Jeff Garrett US coin dealer and board member of the Smithsonian Museum of American History Richard Kelleher Assistant Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Jonathan Mann Numismatist and coin expert, British coinage specialist Rory Naismith Lecturer in Medieval British History, King’s College London Ema Sikic Archaeologist, art historian, coin specialist at Baldwin’s, London Anglo-Saxon and Viking coinage: Gareth Williams Curator of Early Medieval Coins and Viking Collections at the British Museum…

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double eagle sells for $18.8 million

The 1933 Double Eagle, described as ‘the most famous coin in the world’, has sold at auction in New York for $18,872,250 (approximately £13.3 million), breaking the record for the most expensive coin in the world. The ‘fabled and elusive’ 1933 Double Eagle Coin was sold by current owner Stuart Weitzman at a Sotheby’s sale in New York, which featured just three items, with two philatelic rarities also on offer. One of the most coveted coins in the world, the 1993 Double Eagle $20 gold coin is the only example that may be legally owned by an individual. The latest sale saw the world record price for a coin nearly doubled after just three and a half minutes, with three bidders in the room and one on the telephone vying for the…

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gold coin dates back to black death

A rare Edward III gold coin, which is thought to have been lost in the aftermath of the Black Death, has been found by a metal detectorist in Norfolk. The 23-carat gold leopard was discovered with a 1351-52 Edward III gold noble, near Reepham, Norfolk. Both of the coins were very valuable at the time, meaning whoever buried them was very wealthy. The period in which the coins were minted was one of economic turmoil as the Black Death killed thousands, and the burial of the coins is thought to have taken place around this time. The leopard coin was minted in 1344 at a time when Edward III was introducing gold coins after years of using solely silver pieces, but it was quickly withdrawn and replaced by the noble. However, the…

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team gb 50p becomes ‘dual-dated’ coin

The Royal Mint has unveiled the official Team GB commemorative 50p, originally intended to be issued in 2020, to honour Britain’s athletes competing at this year’s Olympic Games. Available in Gold, Silver, Brilliant Uncirculated, and colour versions, the coin was designed by David Knapton and first appeared in The Royal Mint’s 2020 Annual Set. As our special article explains on page 58, the coin features two dates after ‘a year like no other’. The design bares the ‘2020’ graphic, while the obverse of the coin reveals the year of production ‘2021’. The Royal Mint’s Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin Clare Maclennan said: ‘We have a rich sporting heritage in Great Britain and, inspired by the stories of the athletes preparing for Tokyo 2020, we want to reignite that spirit of unity for…