My favourite coins of 2017


2017 has been an important year for collectors,
with significant releases throughout the year. These are my favourites… An obvious choice
is the Piedfort Sovereign. It is the first time the gold sovereign has ever been struck
to double thickness. It was struck to celebrate the bicentenary of the modern sovereign. Only
3,500 were issued and they sold out within 24 hours. It became an instant classic and
for me it’s one of the most important coins ever issued. The silver krugerrand was another
big release for 2017. Truthfully I can’t get used to saying “silver krugerrand.” It’s a
quintessential gold coin and has been for 50 years. But to celebrate the anniversary
The South African Mint issued their first ever silver krugerrand. But what a lot of
people don’t know is that they issued it in 2 variations: the “PU” – Premium Uncirculated
and Proof. Both sold out very quickly but there were only 15,000 of the Proof compared
to one million of the Premium Uncirculated so the Proof is my recommendation for the
year because that’s the one that collectors will come back to. The Lion of England is
a new coin issued by The Royal Mint this year. Significantly it’s the first ever silver 10oz
coin issued by the UK. Only 1,250 were struck, but what a lot of people don’t know – is that
only 750 of those were allocated for the UK market – and on a personal level I think it’s
one of the most beautiful coins I’ve ever seen. And that will stand it in good stead
for years to come. The 2017 gold one pound coin is one of the most important coins of
the year. It was struck by The Royal Mint to mark the fact that we changed the £1 coin
for the first time in its history, moving from a ’round pound’ to a 12-sided pound.
It’s a big moment for coin collectors and a big moment for UK coinage. Incredibly though,
just 2,017 were issued. It’s not hard to see that’s coins as important as this will always
be in demand.

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