Rare, Old & Collectible Silver Coins WITHOUT VAT

Depending on condition, some rare British silver coins can fetch more than their silver value. There are two reasons that people would buy rare silver coins, either as an investment or as part of a collection. Silver collector’s coins are deemed to be rare or collectible due to numerous reasons including a coin’s scarcity, commemorative value or distinguishing feature. Rare and collectible silver coins can be modern or historical. Investors in rare silver coins may be looking for something different to a collector but both will face paying a premium over the physical silver content of these coins. Collectors are usually prepared to pay more of a premium than investors as their prime motivation is not one of financial reward but a hobbyist’s fulfilment of completing a collection. Nevertheless, rare silver coins can certainly appreciate in value, particularly as their numbers become more scarce. Most investors in the rare silver coins market also appreciate that the investment they are making is of a fine quality and, just like investors in fine art or vintage wines, enjoy owning items of antiquity or scarcity.
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Rare silver coins can be found in the UK and from foreign sources. Image via Wikimedia. Rare silver coins in the UK can be found through many channels including specialist dealers and auctions. Physical Gold has access to exclusive trade partners that enable us to bring rare coins to the market. As a trusted UK silver coins dealer, we ensure that all of the pre-owned coins that we buy are of genuine provenance and that the silver content is consistent with the age of the piece. As the price of silver is much lower than the price of gold, many rare silver pieces do not fetch as impressive a sum as their gold counterparts. However, there are still plenty of rare silver coins that can attract large figures relative to the quantity of gold. As with gold, age is not always a factor in the rarity (or value) of a silver coin with something like a silver sixpence from the reign of William III (1696) being worth around £100 yet a 1790 George III silver sixpence being valued at £450. An 1854 Victoria I shilling is valued at around £2000 yet an 1847 Victoria I Gothic Crown is worth far more at almost £7,000.
Silver collector’s coins range in appeal from those that are limited editions to those that have been produced to mark a special occasion such as a coronation, anniversary or event. Sometimes a piece does not even need to be unique simply to become a collectible silver coin, it may just be that an individual is looking for a coin to complete a set or to mark a special occasion for personal and sentimental reasons. Sometimes coins are cast with errors that can add to their appeal, not just because of their novelty value but because they can become rare over time as mints often recycle these coins to bring them out of circulation. When it comes to modern collectible silver coins, the Royal Mint (along with other mints) produce limited editions of certain coins as well as supplying various types of coins specifically for collectors. Often supplied in presentation boxes, as sets or as proofs, these collectors coins attract a buyer’s premium making them more expensive than their bullion equivalents. Though most investors prefer to stick to bullion coins when investing in silver, a good number of investors also add occasional collectors pieces to their portfolio. This is a way for some individuals to add breadth to their investment portfolios and including some numismatic appeal to their assets as well as physical silver. Often, these kind of investments are made for a longer term commitment though, as single pieces, do offer the flexibility of divisibility should you need to sell your silver. The benefits of buying modern collectible silver coins is that they can be purchased UK VAT free making them a better value option for tax-efficient investment as well as collectability. With the Silver Britannia you can also benefit from your investment being Capital Gains Tax free meaning any profits on resale are yours to keep, free from tax. As silver offers a lower price point than gold, investors can select a range of silver collector’s coins for the same price as the equivalent value in gold.
All of the rare and collectible silver coins that pass through our team of numismatists at Physical Gold, are checked for authenticity, silver content and quality. We insist on only the highest standards for our customers and always ensure that our pre-owned coins are authentic. Only through these quality checks can we make sure that every rare coin we offer is genuine.
Many investors look to the rare silver coins market for an opportunity to further diversify their silver holding. In addition to a balanced portfolio of other forms of physical silver and gold, collectible silver coins offer a layer of security against just the price of silver alone. The inherent historical or collectible value of these coins means that a market for these pieces exists even in a downturn of the price of high-commodities.

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Oriental Border Silver Britannia

This is a brand new 2018 1oz special edition Silver Britannia coin, featuring a stunning oriental border. Coins will be packed loose for small orders, in foil packs of 20, or monster boxes of 500. The coin is limited in issue to 100,000 pieces, and is minted to 999 purity. The obverse features the fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth by renowned artist Jody Clark, sat on a the same dimpled background of the standard issue Britannia. While the reverse of the coin offers the familiarity of Philip Nathan’s 1987 design of the iconomic Britannia holding a trident and shield, the coin’s unique edging stands it apart from all others. The complexity of the coin design is completed by a radial background in between the border and Britannia. Like other silver Britannias, the Oriental Border edition boasts a £2 face value.

Why an oriental border design?

The intricate oriental border is inspired by the famous Royal Pavillion in Brighton and the Chinese-themed rooms within Buckingham Palace itself. This coin design and launch is perhaps the most obvious nod towards the growing Chinese market yet. The Royal Mint’s increasing recognition of the powerful Asian market has been demonstrated since 2013. Traditionally the mint could be accused of a more inward looking approach, where the international demand came purely from those admoring the heritage and style of British made goods. However, with the massive population in China already holding a penchant for precious metals, and the middle classes swelling, the mint have looked to exploit the opportunity of circulating their coins into this region. In 2013 they updated the purity of both the silver and gold Britannias to 24 carat. Anyone in the know, recognised this move as a strategy to appeal to the Asian market, where 22 carat cins simply don’t cut the mustard. All their 1oz coins have been minted to 24 carat purity ever since.

The well-received silver Lunar series, a collection of silver bullion coins combining British manufacturing standards, the UK monarch and celebrating the Chinese Lunar calender, took another step closer to bridging the gap with China. That series has proven popular the world over, but the ackowledgement of the Chinese market is obvious.

Our Expert Opinion

While the Oriental Border silver Britannia coins do cost a premium over the standard Britannia, it’s a much smaller premium than was present with 2017’s 20th anniversary coin. As a collector’s coin, it is cheaper than the lunar and queen’s beast series, albeit, they’re part of multi-coin collections, whereas the Oriental Border Britannia is a one-off coin. In that respect, with a limited issue of only 100,000, we feel this coin offers remarkable value. No doubt, the coins will sell out quickly and then start to increase in value at a quicker rate than standard issue Britannias.

As an investment, these factors will certainly help, along with the expected strong demand from Asia. It appeals further for silver investors, due to its UK face value. This makes the coin legal tender in the UK, which in turn qualifies the silver coin as Capital Gains Tax free. This is particularly significant in silver where the current low price could well produce huge future gains in capital value.