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Coin Collector Issue 5

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.

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United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
R 84,16
R 315,37
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

Have a quick ‘google’ for coins and you’ll quickly see headlines such as ‘Extremely rare Paddington Bear 50p coin selling for £3,500’, ‘Check your 50p coins – this one could be worth thousands’ or ‘The rare £2, £1, 50p, 20p and 10p coins out there worth a fortune’ (just three news stories we found on the day the magazine went to print). It’s nothing new and more experienced readers will have seen countless similar headlines in years gone by; we all love the idea of finding a rare piece of treasure in our pockets and that’s not set to change. But, provided you have a little insider knowledge, this ongoing search for valuable varieties is no bad thing. For newer collectors, the interest in coins only began with the London 2012…

1 min.
meet the experts

Sebastian Wieschowski Sebastian has worked as an author with a focus on numismatics and precious metals since 2007. He has published numismatic literature such as the Bullion Book and the Fake Coin Bible under his own ‘Coinosseur’ brand. Sebastian is a graduate of the School of Economic and Political Journalism in Cologne, Germany. See his column on page 18. Kevin Clancy Dr. Kevin Clancy is a numismatist and the Director of the Royal Mint Museum. He is also Secretary to the Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the Design of Coins, Medals, Seals and Decorations which advises the British Government and Crown on the designs of coins and has written a number of numismatic books. Paula Hammond Paula Hammond has worked as a publisher, copy-writer, ghost-writer, author, and journalist. She has written over thirty fiction and…

1 min.
coin collector editorial board

Tony Abramson President of Yorkshire Numismatics Society 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 dealer, British coinage specialist Rory Naismith Lecturer in Medieval British History, King’s College London Anglo-Saxon and Viking coinage: Gareth Williams Curator of Early Medieval Coins and Viking Collections at the British Museum…

2 min.
coppers not going anywhere

Chancellor Philip Hammond recently revealed plans to ‘safeguard the future of cash’ quashing rumours that 1p and 2p coins were set to be scrapped. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, confirmed that there will be no changes to the UK’s current coins and notes, with all denominations – from the penny to the £50 note – staying in circulation. Hammond announced plans to safeguard access to cash by establishing a new group chaired by the Treasury. Bringing together regulators and the Bank of England, the group will set strategy, coordinate work to support nationwide access and help safeguard cash for those who need it. Hammond said: ‘Technology has transformed banking for millions of people, making it easier and quicker to carry out financial transactions and pay for services. But it’s also clear that many people…

1 min.
jfk coin breaks record

A rare Kennedy Half Dollar minted in 1964 has sold for $108,000 (approximately £85,500) at auction in Chicago, making it the most expensive coin of its type. The record price was acheived at a recent public auction of rare US coins held by Heritage Auctions. The rare example of the rather common piece of pocket change is one of about a dozen special issues struck in 90% silver and 10% copper for special coin sets issued by the US Mint during the mid-1960s. The sale smashed the $47,000 previous world record price, set by Heritage Auctions in 2016. Both the seller and the winning bidder wish to remain anonymous at this time. Heritage Auctions presented the coin at an auction during the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) Convention just outside of Chicago…

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australian banknote error

Eagle-eyed collector have noticed that Australia’s recently issued $50 note features a spelling mistake with the word ‘responsibility’ reading as ‘responsibilty’ (missing the final ‘i’). The banknote was issued in October 2018 and features a portrait of Australian social reformer Edith Cowan. The mistake is hardly obvious, the text in question is very small and it took six months for anyone to notice the error, which the Reserve Bank of Australia have said will be corrected when the notes are next printed. Needless to say, examples of the note have been offered on eBay (priced at £38 at the time of going to print) but since the error is on every example of the banknote, they are not rare.…