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Written by Joe Trewick December 18, 2023

A guide to the Decimal Halfpenny

The decimal halfpenny was introduced during the decimalisation of currency in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It followed the pre-decimal halfpenny, which ceased to be legal tender in 1969. The pre-decimal halfpenny had a value of half of a penny or 1/480 of a pound sterling – as before decimalisation, there were 240 pence in ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick January 12, 2024

Are Stamps Legal Tender in the UK?

At some point, we’ve all had somebody tell us that stamps are classed as legal tender and that if you take them to a store, they’re legally obliged to accept them; but is this the truth, and are stamps legal tender in the UK? To put it quite simply, stamps are not legal tender anywhere ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick January 13, 2023

What Are UK Coins Made From?

UK coins are fascinating in many ways, from the commemorative designs to error versions, but what are Uk coins made from? The majority of UK coins are produced using cupro-nickel, which is an alloy of copper containing 75% copper and 25% nickel, but this does vary depending on the denomination. For example, 1p and 2p ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick January 13, 2023

Is There an Abraham Lincoln £2 Coin?

A quick search on eBay and Google would lead anyone to believe that in 2006, the Royal Mint created a £2 coin in honour of the 16th president of the United States – Abraham Lincoln. Trying to find out any information about this coin, however, is relatively impossible and the Royal Mint themselves don’t even ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick October 4, 2021

Are one penny stamps valuable?

Collectable one penny stamps are icons for stamp collectors because they are scarce nowadays. Gone are the days where stamps were common goods, and now they are collectable items. Moreover, most of the original plates for making the one penny stamps were destroyed. Therefore, the remaining few penny stamps keep on growing in price because ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick January 14, 2023

Paddington Bear 50p Coins: Are They Actually Rare?

As an icon across all generations, Paddington Bear has secured his place as one of Britain’s most beloved fictional characters. His charming personality has seen him appear in numerous books, films, and tv shows and so it seemed fitting that he would be recognised on the latest commemorative 50p coins in 2018. Unsurprisingly, the coin ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick December 18, 2023

How many Beatrix Potter 50p coins are there?

The Beatrix Potter 50p collection was started by the Royal Mint in 2016 and 13 different versions have been released into circulation since then.  Since that time, the Beatrix Potter collection has become one of the most collectable coin sets on the market today. With iconic designs based on the famous children’s tales written by ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick October 4, 2021

Top 5 Rarest £1 Coins

The general decline of the purchasing power of the pound led to the decision that the £1 unit of currency was better suited to a coin rather than a banknote. The first £1 coins were then introduced in April of 1983. The £1 coin has always been a representation of all four Home Nations within ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick January 13, 2023

How much is the 100 Years of Girlguiding 50p worth?

The 100 Years of Girlguiding 50p was issued in 2010 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Guides., but how much is it worth today? We’ve researched on eBay, and you can currently pick up one of these coins for around £1.83 in circulated condition according to the most recent values in 2022. Let’s ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick January 13, 2023

A Guide to the Dinosaur 50p Coins

As the latest coin set to have been released by the Royal Mint, the ‘Dinosauria Collection’ is proving to be a hit amongst collectors across the UK. But with the announcement that the collection might never make it into circulation, are the coins still worth investing in? And why was the collection made in the ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick January 14, 2023

1981 Charles and Diana Crown: How Much Is It Worth?

The 1981 Charles and Diana crown is quite a common coin to come across, but how much is it worth today? You can expect to pay between £1 and £1.50 for a Charles and Diana Crown, according to average values on eBay in 2022. If you want to learn more about the coin, including the ... Read more

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Written by Joe Trewick January 13, 2023

How much is the 1965 Winston Churchill Coin worth?

The Winston Churchill coin was a crown minted in 1965 to commemorate the life of Sir Winston Churchill following his death.  Sir Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between 1940 and 1945 during World War Two, and later between 1951 and 1955. Known for leading Britain to victory during World War Two, Churchill led a decorated ... Read more

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