Posts by Yasmin Britton

The UK’s FIRST EVER Christmas £5 Coin

To celebrate the festive season this year, The Royal Mint has issued the FIRST EVER UK Christmas £5 coin.

The Christmas tree plays a key role in festive traditions, from decorating with baubles to keeping presents around the tree and opening them, so it is only fitting that one of the most iconic symbols of the festive period is featured on this BRAND NEW UK £5 Coin.

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The FIRST EVER UK Christmas £5 Coin issued by The Royal Mint

The coin has been struck by The Royal Mint and features a traditional Christmas tree design by engraver and printmaker Edwina Ellis. The obverse features the fifth definitive portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark.

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What better way to wish your family and friends Merry Christmas than with the Official Change Checker Christmas Card?

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The official Change Checker Christmas card features a contemporary Christmas tree design.

Featuring a contemporary Christmas Tree design, the Christmas card also includes the new Christmas £5 coin Struck to an unblemished Brilliant Uncirculated finish, the coin has been encapsulated and features a security hologram to certify its superior quality.

Your £5 coin can also be removed from the Christmas Card so would make the perfect numismatic gift for a friend or relative, or if you’re a keen Change Checker, even a treat for yourself.

Finally, the inside of the card has been left blank so that you have plenty of space to write a personalised message.


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Send some festive cheer to your friends and family with the Official Change Checker Christmas Card.

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Why you should be collecting £5 Coins

We’re often asked by Change Checkers what can they collect once they’ve completed their collections of 50ps, £1s and £2s.

Quite simply, there’s only one answer. £5 coins.  These are my reasons why:

1. A Treasure Hunt

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£5 coins are reserved for commemorating the most important royal and historical anniversaries of the year.

In the past, collectors were able to get £5 coins from banks and post offices, but nowadays some of the older designs are like gold-dust. And more often than not, new UK £5 issues are snapped up by collectors on release, so it can be quite a challenge tracking down every single one for a complete collection. You can source online,  in auctions and of course from Change Checker!  We’ve built up some superb stock over the years which we are now making available to collectors.

2.  When less is more

In this case – interest. It’s obvious that popular coin issues create instant and on-going demand for a coin, but the same can be said for ‘less interesting’ coin designs. Let me explain…

This may come as a surprise, but a coin that is issued with a less interesting theme or design and is not initially popular with collectors, can be a real hidden gem for coin collections. This is because the less coins that are sold, the lower the final number of units that are available to  future collectors.

But whilst most collectors would shy away from unpopular themes, it is these very coins that are likely to become the most sought after in years to come. And the 2011 Prince Philip £5 coin is a prime example…

Back in 2011 a UK £5 coin was issued by The Royal Mint in celebration of the 90th birthday of Prince Philip.

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The rarest UK £5 coin – 2011 Prince Philip 90th Birthday £5

The coins design featured a specially commissioned portrait of Philip by Mark Richards FRBS. Just 18,730 of these coins were struck in Brilliant Uncirculated presentation packs making it one of the rarest £5 coins ever.

And because of this, the coin is extremely sought after by collectors and is virtually impossible to get hold of on the secondary market.

 

3. Only available for a limited time

As you probably already know, coins with a lower mintage are often the most sought-after by collectors in years to come. And the coins with popular themes are timeless pieces of numismatic history that only become more and more desireable as time passes.

£5 coins are only available for a limited time and when you add to this the intense interest in the event the coin is commemorating (usually important royal events), you have a hugely collectable coin, sought after by collectors from all over the world.

4. Historically valuable

One of the key points Change Checkers look out for when deciding which coins to add to their collection, is the possibility that the value of that coin will increase and we’ve seen it happen many times before with circulation coins. The Kew Gardens 50p for example.

One thing you can be sure of though is the historical interest of £5 coins will be worth more to future generations than the £5 face value now. When you take all the above points into account, there is no doubt that the importance of £5 coins ensures the coins remain sought-after and collectable.

So do you have any £5 coins in your collection? Let us know via FacebookTwitter or leave a comment below!

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The perfect introduction to collecting UK £5 coins or a great addition to your existing collection…

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New UK £5 coin issued to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th Wedding Anniversary

On the 20th November, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary – that’s an incredible 70 years of marriage (or 25,568 days to be exact) and a first in British royal history. 

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Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at their Wedding in 1947

In honour of the occasion, The Royal Mint issued a brand new £5 coin – featuring a specially commissioned double portrait of the couple.

The coin marks the longest marriage in royal history, and a very personal milestone for the couple.  But it’s also the RAREST EVER Royal anniversary and is of huge significance to collectors around the world.

The incredibly rare anniversary few of us know about

Although there are no official statistics to back it up, it seems likely that only around 30 couples will join the Queen and Prince Philip in celebrating their Platinum Wedding Anniversary this year.  Or to put it another way – just 60 people in the UK will mark 70 years of marriage in 2017 – that literally makes each of them one in a million!

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The Royal Mint has commissioned John Bergdahl to create the reverse design of the royal couple on horseback while the obverse features a special conjoined portrait by Etienne Millner.

The royal couple have a love of horses so it is only fitting that the coin depicts the Queen riding her favourite horse ‘Burmese’ with her husband Prince Philip by her side. The special conjoined portrait of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip on the obverse has been designed by Etienne Millner, a leading figurative sculptor.

So not only does the new UK £5 coin commemorate this incredibly rare milestone, the coin is also one of the most historically important coins issued during Her Majesty’s reign.

For the Queen and Prince Philip their Platinum Wedding Anniversary is the pinnacle of their long list of incredible milestones, and this coin is sure to be sought after by collectors all over the world for years to come.


Platinum 300x210 - New UK £5 coin issued to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th Wedding AnniversaryTo mark the longest marriage in royal history, The Royal Mint issued a brand new UK £5 coin.

The Platinum Wedding £5 coin is protectively encapsulated and Certified as superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality, so you know your coin will be protected forever and guaranteed by its Certified Hologram.

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