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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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I can’t help but get a little bit excited at this time of year, the cold nights, the bright lights and of course the count down to the big day!

But what’s most exciting for me, is to see the wonderfully festive coins being issued all over the world in time for Christmas.

And in the last few weeks, we’ve seen renowned Mints issue beautiful Christmas coins that would take pride of place in any collection and be treasured forever!

So if the dark dreary winter months are getting you down, these stunning festive coins are sure to perk you up.

I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite 2019 Christmas coins from around the world that I’d like to share with you, starting of course with a truly spectacular festive release…


The coin so sought-after it SOLD OUT before the official release date!

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The Royal Canadian Mint are always looking for ways to push the limits on what can be achieved next in the minting world…

Before anything else, you should know that this coin proved so popular that it’s already SOLD OUT.

This coin truly is a piece of excellence from The Royal Canadian Mint and pushes the limits on what can be achieved through minting.  

State of the art innovative gyroscopic technology allows the coin to actually move (see for yourself in the video below!) and a sophisticated design magnificently merges engraving and casting and silver and gold.

This outstanding work of art has to be seen to be believed and will add a dose of Christmas cheer to any family occasion – or mantelpiece!

But remember, unfortunately it’s now SOLD OUT and it’s easy to see why!


Merry Sithmas!
Darth Vader Silver Note

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Even one of the most infamous villains celebrates Christmas…

Did you know that the most recent Star Wars films have been released around Christmas? For many, it is a family tradition and this year is set to be no different with the release of The Rise of Skywalker on 19th December. 

Officially licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd, just 10,000 of these PURE Silver ‘Seasons Greeting’ Notes featuring a ‘thrilled’ Sith Lord, Darth Vader, have been issued worldwide.

When you consider that of Star Wars is the 2nd highest grossing film franchise of all time, it certainly won’t be enough to meet fan demands.

Click here to get your hands on one now – I have a sith sense they won’t be around for long >>


Wish upon a star…
A three-dimensional 1oz Antique Silver Twinkling Star

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Wish upon your very own PURE Silver Star…

Produced using Smartminting technology©, this magnificent three-dimensional coin has an incredibly intricate level of detail – making it appear sculpted rather than struck!

A coin like this is nothing short of revolutionary and earns its place as one of Collectors Gallery’s favourite Christmas finds.

Click here to get yours ‘lunar rather than later’!


Cook Islands 2019 Winter Wonderland Globe

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Shake the globe and watch the coins design come to life!

Festive coins are popular in themselves, but when put inside of a REAL snow globe – it really brings the magic of the coin to life.

Struck from FINE .999 Silver, the coin has been placed inside a globe which has been produced in Vienna by the Perzy family who invented them in the 19th century.

Every single globe is handcrafted, made of the highest quality glass and filled with pure alpine water to create the perfect illusion when the coin is shaken over the family scene.

All previous coins within the snow globe collections have SOLD OUT and – as easily the most traditional of them all – this is expected to be no different.

This coin is limited to just 2,019 worldwide – so if you want to get your hands on one in time for the festive season you’ll have to be fast!

Snow much fun, I’m sure you’ll agree! Click here to find out more >>


Own your personal
Guardian Angel Coin

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This magnificent coin is struck from just 14mm of PURE Gold!

Often struck in unusual shapes and smaller than a five pence piece, the intricate detail achieved really is outstanding!

This re-issued coin features a Guardian Angel in the form of Saint Michael, slaying the devil in the form of a dragon – Raphael Maklouf’s renowned artistry. For many of us, the thought of a Guardian Angel watching over us and protecting us is a comforting one – and this coin means you’ll have one looking over you this Christmas.

The design is framed by an elaborate border with variations of the Isle of Man’s coat of arms, the triskele, which appears at the top above the angel’s halo – and all of this on just a 14mm coin!

Click here to own your very own protector in PURE gold >>>


If you’re interested

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But that’s not all the festive fun! There’s plenty of other incredible commemoratives available in our complete Christmas Collection. To view the full range click here >>

The 100 year old tin that was delivered to ‘every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front’…

As they left for war in Autumn 1914, the soldiers, and the country, believed that it would all be over by Christmas of that year. We know now that the brutal conflict was to drag on for another 4 years, but Christmas 1914 became famous for being the first respite from the war

Many felt the need to show give a small token of appreciation to those who had put their lives on the line. And so, on 30th October 1914, Princess Mary launched her Christmas Gift fund. She asked the public: 

“I want you now to help me send a Christmas present from the whole nation to every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front.”

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Princess Mary embossed on the top of the tin

And they did. Her appeal was met with an enthusiastic response, eventually raising over £162,000 (an incredible sum at the time). This led to the memorable Princess Mary’s Gift Box. It was a beautiful embossed brass box, 128 x 84 x 30mm (5 x 3.3 x 1.2 inches), containing one ounce of pipe tobacco, 20 cigarettes, pipe, a tinder lighter, a Christmas card and a photo of Princess Mary.

On Christmas Day 1914 alone, almost 500,000 Christmas tins were distributed to British service personnel. The boxes were sent to “every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front” in accordance with Princess Mary’s wishes.

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‘Christmas 1914’ embossed on the tin – the date the tin was given to soldiers

A large number of these tins were subsequently damaged in the war, with many being blown apart by shells or corroded in the wet conditions in the trench. However, the boxes that have survived are now distinctive mementoes of the war’s first Christmas.

They are also absolutely fascinating historic artefacts  – each tin is totally unique and may have even been there in the trenches 100 years ago protecting a young tommy’s keepsakes. They each tell their own story, and just looking at them you can see the small bits of damage, the smells and stains that tell the story of how they survived 100 years to remind us of the soldiers who suffered the extreme conditions of the Great War.

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The Princess Mary Christmas tin

With the festive season approaching, it is especially important to remember those soldiers who would have received one of these tins. It’s hard not to think about a young tommy, sitting in his trench on Christmas Day, opening his Princess Mary Christmas tin as carols drifted across No-Man’s Land. 


If you’re interested…

We have a limited number of genuine Christmas Tins available and ready to deliver for Christmas, with 5 coins all from 1918. But with such a limited number available you will need to be quick to own this ultimate Christmas gift… Check out the video to see Adam explain what makes this tin so special or click here to order yours now >>>

The blend of fact and fiction that resulted in the world’s most beautiful coin

Storytelling is one of humanity’s oldest pastimes, with events being captured and passed on for centuries though art, music and dance long before we were writing them down. And one of the oldest and most reliable ways a country can tell its stories is through its coins.

This should come as no surprise. If you think about it, currency is the constant that has always been around in one form or another. It’s continually evolving and adapting to the next chapter in the story.

But there’s one coin in particular that holds more meaning than most – as it blends fact with fiction to produce the world’s most beautiful coin, Una and the Lion.  

Controversial, yet beyond improvement

In 1839 William Wyon was commissioned to design a new coin to commemorate the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s coronation.

But it made headlines. It was controversial.

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Image courtesy of National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History.

In a bold move it depicted Queen Victoria as the fictional character Lady Una, from Edmund Spenser’s epic poem The Faerie Queene. Never before had someone, let alone a ruler, been featured on a coin as a fictional character.

The design shows Lady Una walking alongside her guardian and symbol of England, the lion. It is symbolic of the young monarch leading her vast empire.

Whilst a daring move, the coin was an instant success. Critics hailed it as “beyond improvement”, and to this day it’s regarded as one of the most beautiful coins to have ever been struck.

Part of its beauty was the high relief, providing exquisite intricate detail to the fictional design. But in many ways this was also its downfall, as it meant the coin could not be struck with any consistency. As a result the commemorative was only struck for one year, producing just 400 coins. This makes it extremely rare!    

The inspiration: a princess and her protector

Published in 1590, The Faerie Queene, is one of the longest and most distinguished poems in the English language. It was written during the height of the Renaissance when England had just broken away from the Catholic Church and formed its own Protestant Church. Set against the backdrop of this turbulent religious landscape, The Faerie Queene draws on history and myth to deliver numerous tales of romance, adventure, battles, morality and religion.

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Una and the Lion, 1860, William Bell Scott

The first book of the epic poem follows the trials and tribulations of Lady Una – the young and beautiful daughter of a king and queen who have been imprisoned by a ferocious dragon. In a bid to save her parents she embarks on a quest, but on her journey she encounters a fierce lion who plans to eat her.

In a twist of events the lion is so captivated by Una’s beauty and innocence that he abandons his plans to eat her, and instead he becomes her protector and companion.

Together, the iconic pair have become a symbol of beauty, strength and endurance.

The most beautiful coin just became even more exquisite

The Royal Mint has just released a brand new UK Una and the Lion 2oz Silver Proof coin, featuring this iconic and highly sought-after design motif.

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Finding an original Una and the Lion coin is virtually impossible, so this may be one of the only ways to secure this design motif for your own collection.

But with an edition limit of just 3,000 worldwide, there aren’t many available for collectors.

As an official Royal Mint distributor, we have secured a limited number for Westminster collectors.

Click here to find out more and add this iconic coin to your collection >>