Best coin collections: King Charles III Coronation to Peter Rabbit

Whether Royal Mint or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we've picked our favourites…

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by Piper Huxley |
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Did you know, millions of people across the globe have coin collections? People of all ages and walks of life are drawn to this age-old pastime, which was popular with the Roman Emperor Augustus and even Louis XIV of France. A popular hobby, coin collections may be rare old coins or even commemorative special editions to their growing collections. If you think this is your hobby, peruse our beginner’s guide to the best coin collections in the UK.

If you’ve got a thirst for knowledge, you’ve come to the right place – says the Royal Mint. After all, collecting isn’t just about acquiring a collection. Whilst that alone is very exciting, it's educational too. You’re collecting a piece of our past, which can tell you about the notable figures of the time. If history was your favourite subject at school, this pastime is right up your street. Not only that, but coin collecting can be affordable if you know where to look.

Best coin collections at a glance:

Best Coronation collection: The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III UK Coin Collection
Best memorial set for the late Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen Elizabeth II Memorial 2-coin Set
Our favourite coin to collect: The Queen's Reign The Commonwealth 2022 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
Our favourite Harry Potter coin: Harry Potter 2022 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Coin
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If you want to build up a collection, all you need to do is decide what coins interest you and start from there. We've picked out our favourite collections and commemorative pieces from historical figures to fictional favourites, and answered some burning questions.

Best coin collections UK

First official coinage of King Charles III


Next, we have the first Annual Sets release to feature the world’s first official coinage portrait

Best for avid collectors


For avid coin collectors, you can get one of just 100 British Monarchs King Charles I 2023 UK 10oz

Best memorial set for the late Queen Elizabeth II


From the Memorial Coin Collection for our late Queen, we have picked this 2-coin set, which

Our favourite coin to collect


Make this a lasting memento of the Platinum Jubilee and a tribute to Her Late Majesty The Queen's

Our favourite Harry Potter coin


With the Harry Potter 2022 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Coin, this is the first time the



We've included the Winnie the Pooh & Friends 2022 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin 3 Coin Series

Celebrate Pride


2022 marked the historic 50th anniversary of Pride UK. With this Royal Mint exclusive, you can

Best coin for fans of history


Egypt is a rich and much-revered part of our world's history. So, when Howard Carter discovered

A fitting tribute to a British legend


Made by The Royal Mint in support of Dame Vera’s family, the Celebrating the Life and Legacy of

Perfect for WW2 coin collections


Mark Alan Turing's life and legacy on a UK coin for the first time with the Alan Turing 2022 UK

A childhood favourite


Celebrate 120 years since the original publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit with the Peter

Best coin collections FAQs

Are coin collections worth the money?

Coins can be a profitable investment. But, it’s important to keep your hobby fun. You don’t always have to think about investment and looking at the historical significance and beauty can be enough for most. In truth, most coins in circulation are only worth their face value – unless you come across a rare (or particularly old) coin, which can sell for how much numismatics are willing to pay for it.

Perhaps you’ve found a stash of old coins in the attic, some you don’t recognise. Your next thought may be: How do I get my coin valued? Well, the Royal Mint offer a valuation and authentication service. As the maker of UK coinage, they have unparalleled knowledge about historic coins – and will identify and value it for you. They’re a great place to buy commemorative coins and collections, too.

You could even grab Royal Mint's impressive-looking King Charles' Coronation collection, which became available on 24 April, just in time for King Charles' Coronation. This beautifully crafted range is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history. It makes for a wonderful piece of Coronation merchandise, but there are plenty of Coronation-themed memorabilia to buy if coins aren't your thing.

Why do coins tarnish?

With time, all coins show signs of ageing. There are quite a few terms to describe this such as tarnishing, discolouring and toning. Don’t worry, it’s completely natural. But, this does depend on where you keep your coins. After all, it’s a chemical reaction brought about by exposure to moisture and chemicals in the air. Coins can be damaged by improper handling, too.

Though a very slow process, many collectors like the tarnishing as it can give some edge and untapped beauty to their collections. The Royal Mint does not recommend cleaning your coins as the surface may become unattractive afterwards. Instead, they recommend storing, displaying and handling your collection with care.

How do I store or display coin collections?

Unfortunately, there is no storage solution that will provide total protection for your coins. But, you can make some good choices to protect your precious collection from further damage. Remember to keep your coins away from extreme conditions, such as cold and humidity. Housing your coins in a special coin album, folder or holder is your best bet. Here, you can organise your collection – with dates, mint marks and some facts about each piece.

Better yet, you could always get a display to show off your collection to guests. In holders, coins are typically stored in small boxes or transparent album pages - like a binder. Here, you can display your collection and keep it safe. There are coin cabinets, which offer museum-standard display storage. You can find some of these and more from the Royal Mint.

How do I sell coin collections?

Whether you've inherited a collection of old-looking coins or spent years amassing one of the best coin collections, there may come a time when you wish to sell your coins. And - that's just fine. We're here to guide you through the process - as for many, selling collectables can be a daunting process.

If you're looking to sell your coin collection, there may be a coin collector local to you, whether in a coin shop or through an online dealer. Have a little look through local directories (or tackle the internet) to find out about this. These coin experts may be able to identify, authenticate and value your collection. If not, you may be able to do this yourself. Then, you can make some money by way of auctions or with the experts you speak to. Hopefully, there will be someone who can help.

We recommend using The Royal Mint's impressive online service, here you can safely sell your rare and historic coins to a knowledgeable buyer you can trust. Plus, it is super easy. Due to unprecedented demand, they suspended their Coin Buying Service to allow time to respond to current open enquiries, but they will resume this service soon.

Piper Huxley is a Homes, Garden and Wellness Product Writer for Yours, an all-rounder who will write on anything from décor to wellness. When not scouring the net for the best home bargains, Piper is listening to a musical soundtrack and tending to her houseplants.


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