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Edward VIII Sovereign - The 1 Million Pounds Gold Coin

Edward VIII Sovereign - The 1 Million Pounds Gold Coin

This gold (22-carat) £1,000,000 coin was created as part of a trial set following Edward VIII's ascension to the throne in January 1936, but was never released to the public after he gave up the throne. First British coin in history to sell for that price, this Edward VIII Sovereign example was described by the Royal Mint, which oversaw the transaction, as one of the most coveted in the world.

By Lightw4re | Sunday, March 15, 2020

Maundy money

Maundy money

The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which has its origin in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good Friday. The commandment, or mandatum, that ye love one another (John XIII 34) is still recalled regularly by Christian churches throughout the world and the ceremony of washing the feet of the poor which was accompanied by gifts of food and clothing, can be traced back to the fourth century.

By The Royal Mint | Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Trial of the Pyx History

Trial of the Pyx History

The name Pyx refers to the chests in which the coins are transported, and derives from the Pyx chamber in Westminster Abbey where historically the chests were kept. Little has changed in the procedure since the reign of Henry III; throughout the year, coins are randomly selected from every batch of each denomination struck, sealed in bags containing 50 coins each, and locked away in the Pyx boxes for testing at the Trial.

By The Royal Mint | Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Taste of English Tavern Tokens

A Taste of English Tavern Tokens

I admit it. I like beer. I've also been known to drink wine from time to time. I suspect many of you have a certain fondness for these beverages, too. However, even though I've been a coin collector for 40 years, I only recently discovered that these popular libations were celebrated on advertising tokens issued by 17th-century English inns, taverns and alehouses.

By George Manz | Thursday, August 1, 2002

British East India Co. a power unto itself

British East India Co. a power unto itself

You've probably heard about the Boston Tea Party, the Opium Wars with China and Napoleon's exile to the remote island of St. Helena. But did you know that ll these major world events, and many more, occurred because of the East India Company? It all started Dec. 31, 1600.

By George Manz | Monday, July 1, 2002

Britain's Cartwheel Coinage of 1797

Britain's Cartwheel Coinage of 1797

You've probably heard these words and names before: Cartwheel, Soho, Matthew Boulton, and James Watt. But did you know how instrumental they were in accelerating the Industrial Revolution? Like the strands of a rope, the history of Britain's 1797 Cartwheel coinage is intertwined with the Industrial Revolution.

By George Manz | Saturday, September 1, 2001

Early British Tokens

Early British Tokens

Early British tokens are a fascinating corner of numismatics. Issued at four distinct times over three centuries, they answered a desperate need for small change among the working classes and rural population as the Industrial Revolution developed. The tokens illustrate life in these times, as lived by the vast majority of people in Great Britian. This article will introduce the tokens [...] offer dealer recommendations [...] and books for further study.

By Mike Grogan | Tuesday, February 27, 2001

English Merchant Tokens

English Merchant Tokens

Early British tokens are a fascinating corner of numismatics. Issued at four distinct times over three centuries, they answered a desperate need for small change among the working classes and rural population as the Industrial Revolution developed. The tokens illustrate life in these times, as lived by the vast majority of people in Great Britian. This article will introduce the tokens [...] offer dealer recommendations [...] and books for further study.

By Richard G. Doty - Chicago Coin Club | Wednesday, January 1, 1986

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