Justin Robinson’s love of history began as a small boy, when his grandfather gave him a poster of a skeleton from a local archaeology group to put up on his bedroom wall. Over the image were the words, “ We rescue your past from the present for the future ”. The words intrigued him far more than the picture, and the rest is, as they say, history.

It probably won’t have escaped your notice that the London Mint Office is currently offering a free coin to commemorate the centenary of the third battle of Ypres, or Passchendale as it became known. To order your free coin, please click here

I’ve always believed that great stories make great coins. Without a good story, a coin is little more than a small lump of stamped metal. Obviously, some metals are more expensive than others, and even the most boring coins struck in gold will find an enthusiastic audience. But a coin without a story is a bit like a strawberry without cream,...

For many years, mints around the world have been grappling with a rather thorny problem. With the average age of coin buying customers increasing every year, it is becoming more important than ever to find new and interesting ways to tune younger audiences into the fascinating world of coins.

1817 was a very important year for gold coins. Two hundred years ago, the modern sovereign was introduced and featured an original depiction of St George and the Dragon by the renowned Italian sculptor Benedetto Pistrucci. The design quickly became a much-loved favourite and has been used more or less continuously to this day.