British coins offer both outstanding investment and historic value to the collector. Great Britain has produced a wide array of coins over the years and they continue to be immensely popular. From the humble one pence piece to the heptagonal 20 pence and 50 pence coins and the new Great British pound coin, we still have outstanding coins in circulation.
We here at Scottish Antiques, however, offer for sale coins long since withdrawn from circulation, worth nothing as legal tender but with a great deal of historic value, interest and in the case of gold coins intrinsic value . We stock British coinage ranging from ancient Celtic coins, and hammered coins, made long before the United Kingdom was formed. There are some 18th to 20th century examples of half sovereigns and gold sovereigns for investment purposes. The coins' designs have changed a great deal over the years and show the extraordinary development of both design and minting capabilities.
Edward I, also known as Edward 'Longshanks' due to his tall stature, was king of England from 1272 to 1307. During his reign there was constant unrest with the chieftains of Wales, as a result, Edward built many castles in Wales as strongholds. Such wonde
Henry VI Silver Groat Annulet Issue, Calais Mint, 1422-30. Henry reigned twice as king of England, from 1422 to 1461 and then again 1470 to 71. He inherited the long running 'Hundred Years War' where the rights to the French throne were contested, but he
This is the largest coin that Britain ever produced. The reign of George III was to be the longest, at the time, of any British monarch and saw such notable events as: the French Revolution, the American War of Independence, and the Battles of Trafalgar a
King John 'Lackland' (1199-1216) Short Cross Silver Penny London Mint, Walter, Class 6a, 1208-1216
A mere paragraph can not to justice to this larger than life king of England, his coinage doesn't reflect this either. He came to the throne in 1199 after
Edward The Confessor Silver Penny Facing Bust/Small Cross Type 1062-5
Edward 'the Confessor' became king of all England after the death of his half-brother, Harthacnut. Edward was the son of Aethelred II (the Unready) and Emma of Normandy
Henry V was one of the greatest of kings. His victory at the battle of Agincourt is well known, but although he was considered charming a gracious, he was also ruthless - in battle he ordered every man captured, over the age of 12, to be killed - and much
When Henry came to the throne in 1509, the coinage of his father was a reasonable quality and for the first sixteen years of his reign even the portrait was that of his father. This had, itself, been a landmark as being the first true likeness of an Engl
t has been calculated by a genealogist, that nearly every Briton is related to Edward III! Whether true or not, he and his wife, Phillippa of Hainault had eight sons and five daughters, so they made a significant contribution to the gene pool.
Romantically, some coins were given as love tokens, found bent in half and later straightened. They often fall in half, on straightening, as the silver becomes brittle with age, but if this was the course of this coin, it has survived to tell its tale. At
Henry reigned twice as king of England, from 1422 to 1461 and then again 1470 to 71. He inherited the long running 'Hundred Years War' where the rights to the French throne were contested, but he was also a pawn in the battle between the Lancastrians and
The coinage of Charles I is extensive and interesting. It was during this period that Nicholas Briot developed his milling machine for producing coins, but although the finish was superior, the system was slower than the previous hammer and anvil 'strikin
Aethelred succeeded to the throne of England at the age of twelve, in 978, after the assassination of his older half-brother, Edward (the Martyr). The assassins were supporters of Aethelred but it is unlikely that Aethelred himself had anything to do with
This historic coin was minted during the House of York's first visit to the throne in 1461. Edward controversially married Elizabeth Woodville (the 'White Queen') in 1464, but the throne was lost in 1470 as a result of the unrelenting struggle for power w
Alexander was born in Roxburgh in 1241 and became king of Scotland in 1249. His greatest achievement was gaining the Isle of Man and the Western Isles for a monetary payment after years of argument and negotiation, and even attack, by Norway. Something hi
William came to the throne in 1165. In 1174 he was captured by the English and his lands and castles were confiscated. It was not until Richard the Lionheart needed money for the Crusades that he sold back the independence of Scotland to William. The coin