Posts Tagged ‘Collecting’

Poll: which is your favourite 2017 coin design?

2017 is certainly an exciting year for Change Checkers with The Royal Mint releasing 9 new coins into circulation, each with their own distinctive design. We know that you love a new design so we thought we’d ask, which is your favourite? Let us know by voting in our poll below.


For more information about the 2017 coin series, check out our blog.

The 2017 Change Checker Commemorative Coin Set

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If you can’t wait to find these coins in your change you can add the 2017 Change Checker Commemorative Coin Set to your collection today>>

Why the 2016 £1 coin is about to become the latest coin collecting myth

The Royal Mint have confirmed that more than half a billion of the new £1 coins that have been released into circulation will be dated 2016.

But you may have also seen in the news that if you find one with a 2016 date, it could be one of the handful of ‘uniquely flawed coins’ and may be worth £250.

Unfortunately that isn’t the case.

Coins are typically struck with dies with that year’s date on, and as 1.5 billion new coins were required for the launch of the new 12-sided £1 coin, The Royal Mint started striking them in March 2016. That means that all of the new 12-sided £1 coins that were produced last year will have the 2016 date on them.

Will the 2016 12-sided £1 coins be rare?

In short, no. With half a billion 2016 dated £1 coins in circulation, they should be relatively easy to get hold of. In fact, we are yet to see someone who has found a 2017 dated £1 in their change.

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Over half a billion 2016 dated £1 coins have been released into circulation. So far the only 2017 dated £1 coins we have seen are the Brilliant Uncirculated collector versions.

If we take a look back to the mintage figures in 1983 when the £1 coin was first introduced, in total 443,053,510 of the Royal Arms £1 coin were struck for circulation that year. That’s a little less than the amount of 2016 dated £1 coins and nearly 3 times less than the total amount of of the new coins struck for launch.

Considering 1983 was a time without contactless payments and when cash was the most used method of payment, 443,053,510 seems a relatively small amount in comparison to the 1.5 billion required for the new 12-sided £1 coin launch.

1997 Maklouf ‘Queen with a Necklace’ £2

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The Maklouf ‘Necklace’ £2 was only issued in 1997

You may remember the collecting frenzy that the ‘Queen with a Necklace’ £2 coin caused in 1998 when the brand new bi-metallic coin was introduced into circulation.

The ‘Queen with a Necklace’ £2 has an enduring legacy in the collecting world as the very first bi-metallic £2 coins issued just prior to the Queen’s portrait change in 1998. This meant that the older portrait by Raphael Maklouf was only used for one year: 1997. His version featured Queen Elizabeth II wearing a necklace, which is how the nickname was derived.

When the portrait change was announced, the new £2 coins were snapped up by collectors believing them to be a future rarity. As it turned out, a mintage of nearly 14 million means the ‘Queen with a Necklace’ £2 is not one of the rarest coins in circulation. Nevertheless, with only one year of issue, it still holds an undeniable interest for collectors.

An undeniable interest for collectors.

And the same can be said for the 2016 dated £1 coin. Although the £1 is in no way a rarity, first year of issue coins are always more sought after in years to come. As the new coin is Britain’s first 12-sided £1 and it is the first specification change to our £1 coin in more than 3 decades, the new 2016 dated £1 should hold a significant place  in any coin collection. 


To celebrate the release of the new 12-sided £1 coin, we’re giving away FIVE ‘Nations of the Crown’ Silver Proof 12-Sided £1 Coins!

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For your chance to WIN a Silver Proof £1, all you need to do is find one of the new 12-sided £1 coins in your change…

Post a photo via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #foundapound and the location you found your first £1 coin.

We’ll then choose 5 winners at random on the 10th April.

It’s really that easy – so good luck and get posting! #foundapound

Click here for more details.

Peter Rabbit 50ps are in circulation – here’s where to find them…

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The new Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit 50p

News emerged over the weekend that the brand new Peter Rabbit 50p coin has been released into circulation. So if you’re keen to find one – now’s your chance.

Getting one of the first coins put into circulation can be quite an achievement, especially with a coin as popular as this one.

They have initially been restricted to a few key locations in the north of England, but will find their way into circulation across the UK later in the year.

If you want to try and get one now, the coins have been put in the tills of the following attractions and National Trust properties:

  • The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windemere
  • The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead
  • Wray Castle in the Lake District
  • Hill Top in Cumbria

Don’t forget to post a picture to our Facebook or Twitter pages if you find one!

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Why not put it in a special Coin Collecting Pack made just for this series of coins? Click here for details…