Collectable, Special Edition & Rare British Coins

Collectable coins, special edition and rare British coins appeal to both investors and collectors alike but for different reasons. With patience and good market knowledge, some coins offer the chance of realising a greater profit in the long term whilst others may only be of value when they complete a hobbyist’s collection. Whatever the reason for an interest in UK collector’s coins, Physical Gold Limited can offer skilled advice from professional numismatists to help in your search for rare UK coins.
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Coins are collectable for many reasons including having historic value. Image via Flickr. The appeal of a coin to a collector can be down to the individual or a coin can have an intrinsic collectability due to various factors. From an individual’s point of view, a collector may be looking to complete a set of coins or obtain a gold sovereign coin from a certain year for sentimental value; year of their birth or an anniversary, for instance. Collectable coins often have a higher premium attached to them due to the fact they are sought after, have a higher production cost and/or may come complete with some kind of presentation or display case/box. Collectors (as opposed to investors) are not generally concerned with the resale value of collectable coins.
British collectable coins are termed so because they fall into one of several categories, these might be: Rare British Coins UK Special Edition Coins Limited Edition British Coins Proof Coins Coin Sets Rare British Coins There are silver or gold coins that have been produced in the UK that are considered very rare due to their limited numbers. Some of these are modern with the rarity relating to discrepancies made during the minting process whilst others are due to their age and/or limited mintage. An 1819 George III sovereign, for example, is very scarce indeed with only 10 (out of 3,574 that were struck) known to still be in existence. One was last sold in 2013 for £186,000. Minting errors can also be lucrative for collectors with proofs displaying spelling or casting errors often fetching large sums. Featuring Una and the Lion, this £5 1839 has a collectible numismatic value. Image via National Museum of American History, Wikimedia. UK Special Edition Coins Special edition coins include commemorative coins to mark occasions such as the Olympics, a Coronation, anniversary of something like D-Day or other special event (domestic or international). Limited Edition British Coins Whilst coins that are in general circulation are minted without limit, some coins are only produced in restricted numbers. As a result, the long-term value of limited edition UK coins can rise. Proof Coins Originally produced as samples before going into mass productions, proof coins are only available in limited numbers. Traditionally, proof coins were cast for the approval of a reigning monarch as well as for archival purposes and to test the quality of the dies. Now, proof coins are cast in greater numbers and are often perceived to be of a higher quality. Distinguishable from bullion coins by their sharper and more defined features and rims, proof coins attract a collectability premium of around 15-20% even though the gold content is consistent with their gold bullion counterparts. Resale values rarely achieve their purchase premium as (even if stored well). Therefore, proof coins do not make a good investment over bullion equivalents but are still regarded as limited edition British coins and are sought after by collectors. Coin Sets When the design of a set of coins change or is produced for a special edition then collectors can purchase a full set of the new design. Usually sold in presentation boxes, coin sets, like proof coins, also attract a buyer’s premium that is rarely realised on resale. Coin sets are generally only produced for the collectors’ markets.
Whereas investors look at coins that will both hold their value as well as potentially return a good profit, collectors are simply looking to complete a collection as part of a hobby. Many collectors are prepared to pay higher prices than investors in order to curate certain coins; particularly rare UK coins. So, could this kind of premium offer good investment potential? Whilst precious metals can vary in price, depending on many external factors, rare coins tend to hold their value as their scarcity and rarity remains a constant, if not a diminishing, influencer. There are some investors who do collect rare British coins and are prepared to pay larger premiums for them. Usually purchased at auction or via specialist dealers, buying these ancient or rare coins in the UK can attract VAT. Collectable coins like this are generally harder to liquidate as resale is dependent on finding the right buyer at the right time. Unlike gold as a commodity in the form of bars, bullion or coins, rare British coins may not be exposed to the same market volatility but rather their ‘perceived’ value. In general, unless an investor has experience of the rare coins market and is prepared to commit to wait for the right time to sell at a profit, we would recommend caution before opting for this kind of gold investment.

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2018 1oz Gold Lunar Dog Coin

The Gold Lunar Dog is the fifth Lunar design in the Royal Mint’s Shengxiao Collection.

This is a brand-new bullion finish coin, issued by the Royal Mint. Coins will be packaged loose for small quantities and orders of 10 or more may come in Royal Mint tubes.

If you would like to protect your coins further, these coin capsules fit perfectly.

This is a 1oz Gold Bullion Coin and contains 1 troy ounce of fine gold.

The coin is designed by artist Wuon-Gean Ho and features a terrier on one side with the inscription ‘Year of the Dog 2018’ and the obverse has the fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark.

Each coin also incorporates the number 8, which is a lucky number in Chinese tradition.

The face value of this coin is £100 and there is limited mintage of 8,888 coins. As this coin is legal UK tender, it is not liable to Capital Gains Tax on any profits made from its sale.

If you’re interested in buying silver coins too, the Lunar Dog is also issued as a silver bullion coin.

2018 Year of the Dog

Following on from the year of the Fire Rooster, the Chinese year of the Dog will start on February 16th 2018 and will end on February 4th 2019.

The Dog is the 11th zodiac sign of the 12 in the Chinese cycle.

People who are born under this sign are seen as having excellent manners, make and keep friends easily, work hard, are very romantic and make loyal partners.

Each Chinese zodiac year is also associated with an element and 2018 is Earth. This makes 2018 an Earth Dog Year.

The other elements are metal, wood, water and fire.

Our Expert Opinion

The Gold Lunar Dog ticks virtually every box for investors and collectors alike.

The Royal Mint have become far more savvy over the past 5 years in coming up with fantastic new coin concepts which they know will hold global demand. For coin collectors, the coin appeals as its mintage is extremely limited and it is part of a 12 part set. The fact that the coin is made from 24 carat gold rather than the Mint’s previously preferred purity of 22 carats (featured on the Sovereign and pre-2013 Britannias), means the Lunar Series will receive huge demand from Asia who obsess over 999.9 purity gold. With the theme combining the Chinese zodiac with the British monarch, the ever-growing Chinese market will snap up these coins.

Gold investors will also benefit from the limited issue and global appeal. The fact that the coins have a face value and therefore qualify as UK legal tender, will also provide tax efficiency for those seeking a cost effective investment. If you’re looking for tax free coins at the lowest possible purchase price, rather than considering the possible enhanced upside potential a limited issue coin presents, then buying Gold Britannias can achieve this.