Every coin has a functional value, yet it is also a statement. As well as being the product of the culture and tradition of a particular country, a coin also says much about the country itself, its perception of itself and its place in the world. American coins, for example, traditionally have a marked sense of theatre and drama that dates back...

How coins are minted - a behind the scenes guide Minting is an age-old process with stages that still follow centuries of tradition, even though today, state of the art technology means that the process is quicker, more cost effective. Whilst today’s presses operate on a larger scale, with greater quality control than the first mill presses, the...

Minting quantities The value of a coin may often depend less on the metal value but on its availability and particularly its rarity. Generally speaking, the smaller the number of coins that are available and the higher the demand, the more attractive the coin will be to a prospective buyer.

The Hobby of Coin Collecting Coin collecting is an interesting hobby. Most collectors start as children, some are handed over their collections by their parents or grand-parents and discover the joy of collecting at an early age, some come to collecting later in life, triggered by an interesting coin issued for an event or by an interesting coin...