Change Checker Live Coin Swap

We’re hosting our second Live Coin Swap on Saturday 21st October at The Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading, Berkshire from 10am – 4pm.

We’ve had lots of reports from Change Checkers who are struggling to complete their 2016 Beatrix Potter sets, so we’ve decided to help.

You’ll be able to swap ANY 50p coin for either the 2016 Petter Rabbit 50p, the 2016 Beatrix Potter 50p or the 2016 Squirrel Nutkin 50p coin.

Beatrix Potter 2016 Series

You can swap ANY 50p for the 2016 Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter or Squirrel Nutkin 50p coin.

Plus you’ll get the 2016 Beatrix Potter collector pack absolutely free, so you’ll have space to add the rest of the coins when you find them.

This time we’ll also be retailing some of our most popular products including the Change Checker Collectors Album, The 2017 Beatrix Potter 50p collectors pack and the very popular Change Checker ‘Phonescope’ and Microscope.

The Oracle

The Oracle is one of the premier shopping centres in the Thames Valley. We’ll be located on Level 2 outside House of Fraser and near to the Riverside entrance – marked as L1 on the map.

The Oracle

Our Live Coin Swap will take place at ‘L1’ on level 2 of The Oracle Shopping Centre

For those travelling by car the two main car parks are:  Holy Brook Car Park: RG1 2LR, Bridge Street and The Riverside Car Park: RG1 2AG, Mill Lane

If travelling by train, the Oracle is a short walk from the Station and there’s good park and ride services if travelling by bus.

The Oracle Location Map

The Oracle is in the heart of Reading and only a short walk from the train station

The full address is: The Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading, RG1 2AG

Can I swap more than one coin?

Such is the popularity of our Live Coin Swaps and to ensure that it is fair for everybody, we’ll be limiting the number of swaps to 1 coin per person.

Will you be doing any more Live Coin Swaps?

That’s the plan! We looked at all your comments and determined that Reading would be a good location for our second event.

We will be holding more Live Coin Swaps in the future and the plan is to visit a different area of the country each time, giving as many people as possible the opportunity to attend.

Can I bring other coins in my collection for you to take a look at?

You are very welcome to bring along other coins in your collection and if there is time we’d be happy to take a look at them for you. We expect the event to be very busy so we apologise in advance if you have a short wait.

Register for our Live Coin Swap now

You can pre-register for our Live Coin Swap to save you time on the day. Simply fill in the form below and you’ll be able to beat the queues.


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Rare world banknotes sell for millions at auction!

Spink and Son Ltd recently held an auction of nearly 2,000 rare world banknotes.

The Auction, held in London, included notes from every country in the world, even some that no longer exist, dating from the mid-19th century to the modern era.

The auction proved hugely popular with collectors, with total proceeds of the sale coming in at over £1.6 million!

Five banknotes sold for over £20,000 each!

The three notes that sold for the most money were all issued by The Government of the Straits Settlements. These were a group of British territories located in South-east Asia, established in 1826, which included Singapore.

Government of the Straits Settlements – sold for £61,000 

This note, issued in 1919, features George V and had a face value of $10,000. (Image: SPINK)

Government of the Straits Settlements – sold for £34,000

This note was issued in 1909 with a face value of $100 (Image: SPINK)

Government of the Straits Settlements – sold for £22,000

This note was issued in 1930 with a face value of $50 dollars. it features an effigy of King George V (Image: SPINK)

The other two notes to sell for over £20,000 were issued in New zealand and Iraq.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand – sold for £20,000

This banknote was issued in 1934 with a face value of £50 and features the Maori King Towhiao (Image: SPINK)

Government of Iraq – sold for £20,000

This was issued by the Government of Iraq in 1931 with a face value of 100 dinars (Image: SPINK)

In this remarkable auction 17 notes sold for over £10,000 highlighting the amazing buoyancy of the banknote collector’s market.

Jane Austen Polymer £10 banknote charity auction

Don’t forget that Spink and Son Ltd are holding the Jane Austen Polymer £10 banknote auction tomorrow.

The lowest serial number available is AA01 00010 and is estimated to sell for between £2,000 and £3,000.

There are a number of other lots with significantly lower guide prices, ranging from £200 to £400.

You could argue that this is a lot of money for a £10 note, however the winning bidder will own a genuine piece of British history, so i can understand why interest will be high.

The best news of all is that all proceeds from the auction will go to help 3 fantastic charities: Candlelighters, Haven House Children’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.


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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

£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.

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!

Interested in finding out if you own one of the rarest £5 coins? Click here to find out more>>

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

The 2017 UK Prince Philip CERTIFIED BU £5 Coin is now available to order.

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