VE Day 75th Anniversary and Five Facts You May Not Know

The 2020 VE Day 75th Anniversary Gold Quarter Sovereign

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day; the day peace was brought upon Britain after six long years of war and conflict during the Second World War.

VE (Victory in Europe) Day, 8th May 1945, the day Winston Churchill declared the war was over within Europe, that had cost millions their homes and even their lives. Germany had surrendered and thousands all across the country marked the great victory with street parties, singing and rejoicing.

Here are five things that you may not know about VE Day, Winston Churchill and the decline of the German forces…

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Detectorists’ discoveries: around the world in four coins

As we explored in our ‘Cash in the attic’ blog, some people are living within a treasure trove of potential coin discoveries. Unfortunately, the vast majority of us aren’t living in a building lined with heritage sovereigns and paved in swathes of gold (coins).

Many of our clients instead satisfy their discovery quota through exclusive customer-only offers of world first launches, such as the first sovereign to contain authentic gold from King George III’s epoch-making era, 200 years ago…

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The History of King George III

King George III

Born George William Frederick in London in 1738, King George III was the King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 and King of Hanover from 1814 until his death in 1820. He lived and ruled longer than any other English or British king and this year marks the 200th anniversary since the end of his record-breaking reign.

While George III’s reputation as “the mad king who lost America” prevails, he was a committed and conscientious leader who provided background stability in a thriving Britain undergoing industrialisation. He also oversaw the reform of gold coinage, which was no mean feat, and few people have acknowledged his valuable contribution to numismatics as we know it.

The most misunderstood monarch?…

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How to Guide: Looking after your coin collection

Now you’ve started your coin collection and are enjoying adding world-first and limited edition coins to your collection, it is important to understand how to take care of your collection and prevent any damage.

Here, we will be explaining how to store, handle and enjoy your coin collection so that you can treasure them and keep them in mint condition for future generations.

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How to Guide: Starting your coin collection

coin collectable

Coin collecting has an inaccessible image as a hobby – people imagine it’s difficult to start, even trickier to maintain, and reserved for people with insider information on the world of ‘numismatics’ (coin collecting).

This perception couldn’t be further from the reality – and perhaps the best part is that there’s a steady flow of new coin announcements and discoveries. In 2019 alone, Hattons of London has released four gold sovereign sets and there are various other coin companies striking collectable coins throughout the year.

There are some occasions where coins may appreciate in value, but for many enthusiasts, the main enjoyment comes from collecting beautiful sovereigns and can be a way to commemorate special events.

Following the below tips will help you navigate the world of your new coin collecting hobby.

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