21 November 2023
The Royal Mint, official maker of UK coins, will host its largest auction to date, offering some of most sought-after coins by collectors – including a gold proof Kew Gardens 50p, which is anticipated to sell in excess of its £5,000 - £6,000 estimate.
The Royal Mint’s Auction will be open until 20:00 3rd December, and collectors will have the opportunity to bid for a number of highly collectable coins such as a 1 kilo Queen’s Beasts Completer gold coin and the 2009 Kew Gardens gold 50p.
The Queen’s Beasts 1 kilo coin pays homage to Queen Elizabeth II and features the ten beasts’ side by side in a single design. The coin design takes its inspiration from the ten stone statues which lined Her Majesty’s route to Westminster Abbey at her Coronation in 1953. Only 16 coins were minted for this specific coin in The Royal Mint’s auction, making it extremely sought after among collectors. This coin is estimated to sell in the region of £80,000 to £90,000.
Kew Gardens 50p
The Kew Gardens 50p is one of the most sought-after coins among collectors due to its scarcity in circulation and as a commemorative coin. The coin features a design celebrating the nation’s most famous royal botanical garden, depicting the famous Chinese Pagoda at Kew with a decorative leafy climber twining in and around the tower.
A total of 629 Kew Garden gold proof 50p coins were minted in 2009, making it a popular coin within the coin collecting community.
With over 300 lots up for sale, each coin as part of The Royal Mint’s latest auction has been authenticated and valuated by an inhouse team of numismatic experts.
Lucy Mackenzie, Director of Collector Services said:
“Over recent years The Royal Mint has successfully expanded into auctions, offering rare and coveted coins which have been sourced by our team of experts. This month we will host our largest auction to date, offering collectors around the world the chance to own a piece of British history, authenticated by the original maker of UK coins.”
Since being established in 2018, The Royal Mint’s Collector Services Business Division continues to experience significant growth in the UK and internationally. As part of the business divisions ongoing growth plans, The Royal Mint introduced and hosted its first ever Auction in 2021, offering one-of-a-kind trial pieces to collectors across the globe.
With a history spanning 1,100 years and having struck every single UK coin, The Royal Mint is uniquely placed to source and sell some of the most collectable coins and trial pieces available.
Collectors can also submit coins to The Royal Mint auctions by contacting The Royal Mint’s Collector Services team.
Numismatic experts at The Royal Mint can authenticate coins as well as estimate an achievable price for a coin at one of its regular consignment auctions. The team can also offer advice about which auction would be the right fit for specific coins, giving collectors the best chance of achieving the best price for their treasured item.