The Royal Mint’s First Independent Consignment Auction

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee, we are dedicating our very first independent consignment auction to some of Britain’s greatest kings and queens.

With a royal theme, the auction will include coins from the reigns of some of Britain’s most popular and influential monarchs. With more than 1,100 years of experience, and as the original maker of Britain’s coins, The Royal Mint can be trusted to source and authenticate highly desirable and collectable coins on the secondary market. Auction highlights include a 2009 Kew Gardens Gold Proof UK 50p Coin, a 1688 James II Five-Guinea and The Queen’s Beasts 2021 UK Gold Proof Kilo Coin. The bidding process is quick and easy, and you will find a step-by-step guide on how to place a bid on our auction hub.

Take a look at the wonderful coins that could soon be joining your collection in our auction catalogue from 9am on 11 June 2022, and place your bids before the auction closes at 8pm on 26 June 2022.

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Auction highlights

2009 Kew Gardens Gold Proof UK 50p Coin

Reserve: £2,400.00

  • A highly sought-after and collectable coin
  • Only 629 of these coins were issued at launch
  • Struck in 22 carat gold
  • Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity
  • Displayed in a wooden presentation case

Made to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, this UK 50p coin has become one of the most popular with collectors in recent years. The reverse design, created by Christopher Le Brun RA, features the famous Chinese Pagoda at Kew with a decorative leafy climber twining in and around the tower. The obverse features a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.

James Bond 2020 UK 1oz Gold Proof Three-Coin Series

Reserve: £2,350.00

  • A set featuring all three one-ounce coins in the 2020 James Bond Collection
  • A popular range dedicated to one of the world’s favourites spies
  • Issued with a Limited Edition Presentation of just 350
  • Each coin is struck in an ounce of 999.9 fine gold
  • Features original designs by Matt Dent and Christian Davies

In 2020, we released a new three-coin series exploring the technology, luxurious lifestyle and iconic imagery from the James Bond movies. The collection began with a coin dedicated to the Aston Martin DB5, the classic Bond car, followed by a coin featuring ‘Wet Nellie’, the futuristic submarine car; the series concluded with a coin exploring the style and luxury that has characterised the 007 films. Created by Christian Davies and Matt Dent, the reverse of the third coin shows Bond wearing a classic dinner suit accompanied by the famous words ‘Shaken not Stirred’. 

1688 James II

Reserve: £22,500.00

  • A rare coin
  • Condition: Very Fine
  • The largest denomination available at the time
  • Features an obverse and reverse design by John Roettier
  • Includes the second laureate head coinage portrait of James II
  • Struck in 22 carat gold

First issued during the reign of Charles II, remaining through to that of George III, five guineas were the largest and most valuable denomination in the coinage at the time, and these pieces have become increasingly popular with collectors. Only the wealthiest and most privileged members of society would have handled such a large gold coin and following the 1817 currency reform, a lighter gold £5 piece replaced the five guinea. This 1688 Five Guinea features the second laureate head coinage portrait of James II on the obverse and the reverse shows the cruciform sceptres in crowns alongside the date on the edge of the design.

2022 Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen Gold Proof UK 50p Coin

Reserve: £1,100.00

  • Only 400 coins in this Limited Edition Presentation were originally released
  • The first time we have celebrated a royal event with a UK 50p coin
  • A lasting keepsake of a historic, unprecedented occasion
  • Struck in 22 carat gold to Proof standard
  • The obverse bears the commemorative Platinum Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty The Queen
  • The reverse features a bold, graphical design created by Osborne Ross

The Royal Mint has struck every UK coin of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. Earlier this year, we released a commemorative UK 50p coin in to celebrate The Queen becoming the first British monarch to reach a Platinum Jubilee. This was the first time we had celebrated a royal event with a 50p coin and for this historic occasion, both sides of the coin feature new designs. The experienced coinage artist John Bergdahl created a commemorative portrait of The Queen for the obverse, which is reminiscent of previous jubilee designs as it features Her Majesty on horseback. Created by the design agency Osborne Ross, the reverse shows the number 70 in a strong, graphic image and includes the dates 1952 and 2022 beneath The Queen’s official insignia.

The Queen’s Beasts 2021 UK 1kg Gold Proof Coin

Reserve: £75,000

  • Only a Limited Edition Presentation of 625 were released
  • All ten of The Queen’s Beasts captured on a single coin
  • The coin’s large diameter provides an impressive canvas for both Jody Clark's obverse and reverse designs
  • Struck in 999.9 fine gold
  • Finished to Proof standard
  • Celebrating the conclusion of this hugely popular collection

On 2 June 1953, the world witnessed a spectacular display of pageantry reserved for the grandest state occasion. As Her Majesty The Queen arrived at Westminster Abbey to be crowned before the nation, statues of ten heraldic beasts formed a ceremonial guard of honour. Drawn from centuries of British history, these formidable royal guardians represented the legitimacy of the rightful heir to the throne.

To celebrate the conclusion of this hugely popular collection, Jody Clark, one of the youngest designers to have created a definitive coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, reunited all ten of The Queen’s Beasts in a single design.

 

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