The Royal Mint to auction ‘Royal Succession Bullion Coins’ of historical significance
- The Royal Mint and Stack’s Bowers open registration for upcoming auction, linking two pivotal chapters of British and world history.
- The auction has almost 700 lots, including the very last bullion coins struck featuring the effigy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the very first coins produced featuring the portrait of His Majesty King Charles III.
- Each coin will be graded and encapsulated by Numismatic Guaranty Company (“NGC”) to ensure its provenance in the market.
28 July 2023
The Royal Mint, the original maker of UK coins, has announced it will auction a unique selection of Britannia and Sovereign gold and silver bullion coins commemorating the royal transition from Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to His Majesty King Charles III.
Entitled ‘The Royal Succession Coin Series’, these historic pieces represent the very last coins struck under the reign of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the very first coins produced in the name of His Majesty King Charles III. They mark two pivotal chapters of British and world history.
The special Royal Succession coins will be offered exclusively by American auction house, Stack’s Bowers Galleries as part of its 2023 Global Showcase Auction on 21 August.
The notable auction will feature the last 500 coins struck under Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the first 500 coins struck featuring His Majesty King Charles III of the 2022 Gold Sovereign, the 2023 Silver 1oz Britannia, and the 2023 Gold Britannia coins, including the 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, and 1/10oz Gold Britannia sizes.
The 600+ lots will have a clear provenance, featuring signatures from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s final Assay Master Graeme Smith, the current King’s Assay Master Paul Morgan, and The CEO of The Royal Mint Anne Jessopp. Each coin will also be graded and encapsulated by leading grading service Numismatic Guaranty Company (“NGC”), and all will bear custom labels to recognise their historic significance.
Nick Bowkett, Head of Bullion Sales at The Royal Mint, said: “The Royal Mint is excited to be working with Stack’s Bowers Galleries to auction this historic bullion series.
“This auction is truly unique and features The Royal Mint’s Sovereign, one of the most trusted and recognisable bullion coins in the world, as well as the Britannia, the most visually secure bullion coin in the world. It holds real significance, capturing a moment in time, and allows astute investors the opportunity to possess a tangible piece of British history. We anticipate the auction will be popular with investors across the world.”
Brian Kendrella, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, said: “The British Monarchy has always garnered an enthusiastic, worldwide following and it is an honour to assist The Royal Mint in bringing these important coins to a global audience. This remarkable collaboration provides an opportunity for collectors to acquire a tangible and captivating treasure, linking pivotal chapters of British and world history.”
The Sovereign coin series has served as a pillar of global commerce since it was first introduced in 1489 by Henry VII. It is struck using 22 carat gold and comes with a guarantee of accuracy to five decimal places. As a symbol of reliability and strength, it is The Royal Mint’s flagship coin and one of the most trusted bullion coins in the world.
The effigy of Britannia first appeared on British coins in 1672 during the reign of Charles II, though the modern bullion coin series was first issued in 1987. It boasts four unrivalled visual security features, which enable collectors and investors to effortlessly authenticate and verify their bullion coins. Due to these anti-counterfeiting features, the Britannia is recognised as the most visually secure bullion coin in the world.
Take part in The Royal Succession Auction at 12pm UK time on 21 August at https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/
The Royal Mint is known around the World for its prestigious designs and for being the World’s leading export Mint, producing coinage for the UK treasury and other countries around the world.
The Assay Master role is appointed to serve the reigning monarch and has existed for hundreds of years to ensure the integrity of British coinage.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries was founded in New York City in 1933 and has built a reputation as America’s leading auctioneer of rare coins over the past century, handling some of the greatest rarities and most valuable collections ever sold.