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Most expensive coins Royal Mint collectors can buy

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 30/07/2021 Gemma Sherlock

The Royal Mint is a key part of British culture.

With a history spanning more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint is the original maker of UK coins as well as being the world’s leading export mint.

They have been producing coins for the British Empire since it was founded in 886 AD, 1,135 years ago, and is wholly owned by Her Majesty's Treasury.

READ MORE: The Royal Mint showcase more accessible historic coins in different price ranges here, so if you want to start you coin collection you can do so from just £5.

From the celebration of The Queen's 95th birthday to the rare military items, their coin collections and gifts cater to all ages.

There's even a Mr. Men and Little Miss range as well as a Gruffalo range so families can collect the coins together.

Some items start from as low as £10 but other Royal Mint collections are exclusively rare pieces, starting from a minimum of £6,000.

Royal Mint's limited edition collections are serious business for buyers, which is why collectors from across the world pay thousands for the pieces.

A Royal Mint spokesperson said: "Below are some of commemorative coins and historic coins which are equally popular with our collectors.

"As you can imagine, for each coin launch the range is usually vast to appeal to the many different customers that The Royal Mint has, with price points ranging from £10 for a Brilliant Uncirculated to five figures for the heavier Gold coins."

We've taken a look at some of the rarest and most expensive Royal Mint collections you can buy below, with the cheapest starting from £3,360 and the most expensive being over £70,000.

The Who 2021 UK Gold Proof Kilo Coin
diagram: The Who coin © Royal Mint The Who coin

At a whopping £72,295 this gold proof-coin is the most expensive collectable on the Royal Mint website.

The gold-proof coin is a must for The Who fans and features a bespoke, laser-printed, patterned edge – exclusive to this coin – designed by Henry Gray using iconic ‘Who’ symbols.

The coin’s reverse design – approved by The Who – features emblems from the band’s history- and the design on this edition is enhanced with a special ‘shockwave’ effect, radiating from the speaker.

It's the first time the band has featured on an official UK coin and it comes with an accompanying booklet, filled with iconic images.

If you're interested in splashing out or finding out more about the coin visit the website or request a callback here.

The Queen's Beasts 2021 UK Gold Proof Kilo Coin
The Queens Beasts coin © Royal Mint The Queens Beasts coin

The second most expensive coin to buy from Royal Mint is this one, The Queen's Beats 2021 UK gold proof kilo coin, costing £63,380.

Although considerably less than The Who coin, this item is still pricey and availability is extremely limited.

Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark, creator of the most recent definitive coinage portrait of The Queen’s reign, gave The Queen’s Beasts Collection a fierce and fantastical start with the Lion of England.

The coin’s large diameter provides an impressive canvas for Clark's obverse and reverse designs.

It's struck in a 999 fine gold and is finished to a proof standard. Only 16 coins are available in this Limited Edition Presentation.

To find out more or to purchase the coin see here.

The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof Coin
a close up of a coin: The Griffin coin © Royal Mint The Griffin coin

Third on the list is The Griffin of Edward III 2021 UK five-ounce gold proof coin.

This collectible will cost buyers £11,125.

It's a Limited Edition 115 coin which is struck in five ounces of 999.9 fine gold and is part of the Royal Beasts series, the final coin in the collection.

Finished to a proof standard, the coin comes in a decorative box and wooden mount.

You can view the coin on the Royal Mint website here.

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 2021 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof Coin
HRH Prince Philip coin © Royal Mint HRH Prince Philip coin

Costing the same price as The Griffin, this coin comes in at £11,125.

The HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 2021 UK five-ounce gold proof coin is a Limited Edition 150 series.

The portrait on the reverse of the coin was approved by Prince Philip in 2008.

It's struck in five ounces of 999.9 fine gold and finished to proof standard, and comes in a beautiful box, housed in a decorative plague.

You can buy the coin here as part of The Royal collection.

The Britannia 2021 UK Premium Exclusive Two-Ounce Gold Proof Coin
a close up of a coin: The Britannia coin © Royal Mint The Britannia coin

Royal Mint coins now go down significantly in price compared to the above, however these are still priced in the thousands.

The Britannia 2021 UK Premium Exclusive two-ounce gold proof coin is priced at £4,650.

The Limited Edition 220 coin features a contemporary Britannia design unique to the Premium Exclusive editions in the 2021 collection.

It's struck in two ounces of 999.9 fine gold and finished to Proof standard, and is the first time a separate design has been released for the Premium Exclusive editions in the collection.

The coin has a year-dated of 2021, commemorating an extraordinary year in British history.

Royal Mint describe it as a very limited edition coin with only 220 coins of it available - see more here.

1902 Edward VII Matt Proof £5 Sovereign
a close up of a coin: The Edward VII matt proof coin © Royal Mint The Edward VII matt proof coin

This Royal Mint coin was only issued in a special year set.

These "long gold" proof sets were produced to celebrate the Coronation of King Edward VII on August 9, 1902 (having been postponed from June 26 due to the King's appendicitis), with a mintage of 8,066 sets.

This year is the only time a matt finish set has been produced thus far for a Coronation set of coins and was in vogue for medallions at that time.

The engraver of these coins was George William De Saulles who sadly died aged 41 the year after these sets were issued, and who had a personal preference for the matt finish having first produced Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Royal Mint medallions of 1897 with the same finish.

The 1902 Edward VII matt proof £5 sovereign coin weighs in as 39.9 grams of 22k gold, and is struck in a special Matte Proof.

If you want to buy this coin it will cost you £4,570 here.

Queen Victoria 1887 £5 Sovereign
a close up of a sign: The Queen Victoria 1887 £5 Sovereign coin © Royal Mint The Queen Victoria 1887 £5 Sovereign coin

Such were the celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 that it led the queen to record in her journal, "No one ever, I believe, has met with such an ovation as was given to me, passing through those six miles of streets.

"The cheering was quite deafening and every face seemed to be filled with real joy. I was much moved and gratified."

In that Jubilee year, a new coinage portrait of The Queen was introduced, created by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm who depicted The Queen with a small crown.

It would become known as the 'Jubilee head'.

This prestigious Five Sovereign piece was struck in that golden year and incredibly has been independently graded by NGC as AU58, which is a remarkable condition considering they are 133 years old.

The historic coin can be bought for £4,210 here.

Queen Victoria 1887 £5 Sovereign AU53

This special issue coin was struck for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

It's priced at £3,930 and is the first ever circulating £5 Sovereign in history.

This prestigious Five Sovereign piece was struck in that golden year and incredibly has been independently graded by NGC as AU53, which is a remarkable condition considering they are 133 years old.

It contains an impressive 39.9 grams of 22 carat gold - see more here.

Nelson 2005 Gold Proof £5 Crown NGC PF69
The Nelson coin © Royal Mint The Nelson coin

In 2005, large crowds flocked to the riverside to watch a huge flotilla of boats sail down the Thames recreating the funeral procession of Admiral Lord Nelson.

The event marked the 200th anniversary of the death of one of Britain's greatest ever heroes, a supreme naval commander and master tactician.

Buyers can remember the man, the occasion and all the heroes of Trafalgar with this beautiful commemorative coin, featuring the portrait of the legendary Lord Horatio Nelson, a must-have designs for anyone passionate about military history or exquisite collectable coins.

Royal Mint are noting to buyers that the coin has been slabbed and graded as PF69, so will not fit in the original presentation case but the coin will be supplied with the original case and certificate.

It's priced at £3,550.

1838 Queen Victoria Sovereign
a close up of a coin: The 1838 coin © Royal Mint The 1838 coin

Rising to the throne as Queen Victoria in 1837 at the age of just 18 and reigning through a period of unprecedented change, Victoria’s first coins were issued in 1838 and featured the ‘Young Head’ portrait by one of The Royal Mint's most beloved engravers, the great William Wyon.

The 1838 is the 37 th lowest mintage circulated Sovereign ever struck in London, but its rarity is much higher than that in real terms.

This is down to supply and demand, with lots of collectors craving the very first Sovereign of Queen Victoria and the collectors that do have them not wanting to let them go.

This Royal Mint coin is described as being in "fine condition" and is the cheapest of the 'most expensive' collectables - priced at £3,360.

Royal Mint has a handy guide for customers who are buying coins second hand that looks at how to get a fair price - see the guide here.

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