Curious about coin collecting?

Whether you are an experienced collector of rare coins, or are starting your first coin collection, where better to start than with The Royal Mint, the original maker of the coins of every British monarch since Alfred the Great.

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Getting started

Thinking about starting your own coin collection? We’ve put together everything a new coin collector needs to get started with this fascinating hobby. Explore the wealth of information in this section and turn the coins in your pocket or commemorative coins into a rewarding pastime that brings history to life.

Unique collections

Our inspiring collections are made with great care and are popular with new and experienced collectors. You could find out about The Queen’s Beasts Collection, delve into the earth and bones beneath our feet with The Dinosauria Collection, learn about the lunar calendar represented in The Shēngxiào Collection, and the explore the extraordinary stories contained in the Tower of London Collection.

Collector services

Backed by knowledge gained from more than 1,100 years of minting, The Royal Mint has developed services to help you buy, authenticate and look after historic coins. Our experts can help you gain a deeper understanding of coins, giving you the context of the time in which they were struck and an indication of their value.

 
 
 
James I (1603–25) The First King of Great Britain

James I (1603–25) The First King of Great Britain

The death of Elizabeth I without an heir in 1603 brought the Tudor dynasty to an end. James VI of Scotland acceded to the throne, becoming James I and the first Stuart king of England. The political ramifications of dynastic change and the union of the crowns would manifest on his coinage.

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The British Red Cross Coin – Behind The Design

The British Red Cross Coin – Behind The Design

Encapsulating the heart and spirit of a historic organisation on the face of a single coin is no small feat. Fortunately, designer Henry Gray was more than up for the challenge and managed to succinctly capture the history and heritage of the British Red Cross whilst still reinforcing its relevance today.

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A Timeline of Key Events During the Mayflower Voyage

A Timeline of Key Events During the Mayflower Voyage

The story of the Mayflower is extensive and far-reaching, stretching across multiple countries and decades.

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Behind the Design with Matt Dent and Christian Davies

Behind the Design with Matt Dent and Christian Davies

The story of the events that brought about the end of the Second World War, an iconic moment that touched the lives of millions, is told through a £5 coin by Matt Dent and Christian Davies. Matt and Christian met while studying graphic design in Brighton, founding their own design agency Bison Bison in 2011 where they continue to collaborate.

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