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A Small Selection of the Questions We Receive About Coins
This page is in date order, with the earliest entries at the bottom, and the newest ones at the top. You may also like to see our original Questions They Ask Us page, and our Jewellery Questions They Ask Us page.

Q
Hi,
I've attempted to email you twice for product information and prices. Are you still trading? Please reply if you are still trading.
Many Thanks, Mike C., UK
A
Dear Mike,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Yes, but we get about 500 e-mails daily. It can take us half an hour or more just to get rid of the spam.
To give a good answer to a 30 second enquiry can take 30 minutes typing, so it could take one person over a week to answer one days e-mails.
We process our orders first before we try to look at e-mail enquiries.
Some questions are almost impossible to answer by e-mail, such as what price are your gold sovereigns / krugerrands because the answer would be out of date by the time we hit the "send" button.
It's best to phone us and speak to a real person.


Q
Hi, please could you give me prices on two things.
Firstly how much is a 1kg silver kookaburra (your choice), including postage.
Secondly how much would 50 1oz silver bullion coins be, inc. postage.
Many thanks Mike C., UK
A
Dear Mike,
Thanks for your enquiry.
"Firstly how much is a 1kg silver kookaburra (your choice)," These ( the date our choice) are sold out as it states on the page, but please see 2003 kookaburra page which shows current pricing and availability.
"including postage."
All our p&p rates are shown on our order forms, and on our postage and packing page. Both these are linked form almost every page.
"Secondly how much would 50 1oz silver bullion coins be, inc. postage."
It depends which kind you want. On the Silver Bullion Coins & Bars page, you will see "50+ £5.50 To Order", although you will have to wait for them. If you look on some of the other pages, such as Canadian Silver Maples, you will find prices for various quantities, although you may have to phone us for a 50 piece price.
Q
Hi,
I am interested in buying gold sovereigns as an investment. You quote premiums on your website (taxfreegold.com) for "your choice" sovereigns. Are these premiums still up to date? Also could you tell me what you quote as the current gold spot price.
Many thanks, Mike C., UK
A
Dear Mike,
Thanks for your enquiry.
"You quote premiums on your website (taxfreegold.com) for "your choice" sovereigns."
The correct URL is taxfreegold.co.uk and not taxfreegold.com
"Are these premiums still up to date?"
Yes!
"Also could you tell me what you quote as the current gold spot price."
It changes all the time, before I even hit the "send" button, so by the time our reply get to you, and you read it, the spot gold price will have changed many times. If you reply be e-mail, perhaps to order, we may not even see your e-mail for several days.
If your question meant "how do we determine the spot gold price at any one time", it is much quicker to answer you on the telephone, although our standard answer will be that spot gold like an other commodity or share price is a moving target.
Hope this helps.
Q
Are your harry potter wizards galleons sickles and knuts made out of metal? Or plastic?
D. Strachan
A
Dear D,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Metal.
We make a basic assumption that all coins are made of metal.
We would have added a warning in the description if they had been made of plastic, but then again we probably would not handle them if they were plastic.
It feels somewhat of an insult that you feel you needed to ask.
Q
Is my 1904 penny worth anything?
Jean C., Street, Somerset.
A
Dear Jean,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Yes.

Q
I have six mint condition 1981 1oz Krugerand for sale. Please advise if you would be interested in purchase quote.
Thanks and regards
Dave H., Glamorgan
A
Dear Dave,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Yes we are always interested in buying krugerrands.
It's best to phone us, as prices fluctuate. We open Monday to Saturday 10 until 5.
We also receive over 500 e-mails most days, and as we give priority to processing orders, we don't always get to look at them immediately, (6 days in this case). Then is takes time to reply.

Q
1933 penny was on the bbc prog.The Antiques Roadshow dated 17-11-02.the expert was unsure of its validity,but suggested that it was genuine.
Philip H., UK
A
Dear Philip,
Thanks for your e-mail.
We saw part of it, but missed the first bit.
Our 1933 Penny page also got over 10 times its average viewing level, which works out about 10,000 to 15,000 per annum.
I don't know who the "expert" was, but he didn't sound very certain about things.
From the limited view I had, the coin looked as though the date had been tampered with. A skilled metal-worker can easily re-shape a date numeral. or transplant a numeral from another coin.
We would be interested in the seeing the coin, we don't know whether the owner has already seen our website or contacted us.
Thanks for alerting us about the Antiques Roadshow Programme.

Q
Dear Sirs,
I'm sorry to trouble you when I'm not a customer, but could you explain why angels and nobles are face value 6/8d, half-angels and half-nobles 3/4d, but quarter-angels and quarter-nobles are 1/7d - a penny short?
Thank you, A D J, UK
A
Dear Alan,
Thanks for your e-mail.
There is a very simple explanation.
The idiot who wrote the "Coin Denominations" page - me!, must have been half asleep when he calculated the £sd values, it's what comes with getting rusty, having worked with it only infrequently for over 30 years. You are absolutely right that it should be 1/8d.
Of the estimated 50,000 people who have read that page over the past 4 years, you are the only one to have noticed.
Thanks again for bringing it to our attention. We owe you a beer!
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Quote from your
https://24carat.co.uk/goldbullionsovereigns.html page :-
---------------------- Bullion Rates on British Gold Sovereigns
Bullion prices vary from day to day, sometimes more frequently with exact market conditions. It is best to check the latest rates before placing your order. Our latest selling prices at the last update of this page, October 4th, 1999, were as follows:-

[Gasp !] Nearly three years old !
Robin
A
Dear Robin,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Above the part you quoted is:-
Visit Our New " Gold Sovereigns Web Site
We now have a dedicated website purely for gold sovereigns. For the most recent news and prices, please pay us a visit at goldsovereigns.co.uk
But we have now added:-
We also have another new site, Tax Free Gold which deals in all gold bullion coins including sovereigns, and many other world gold coins.
When you do look at our bullion site, you will find it says:-
Prices Subject to Fluctuation
Please note all rates, both percentage premiums and actual prices, fluctuate.
We have attempted to give an accurate indication of our current prices as at the last update of this page.
Last update 19 September 2001.
Please check current prices and availability before ordering.
Why don't we update our prices daily? Regards, Lawrence Chard


Q
please can you tell me are the kuggerand gold coins 23.9 carrats
regards glynn, uk

A
Dear Glynn,
Thanks for your enquiry.
We suggest you read the following page on our Tax Free Gold website:-
https://taxfreegold.co.uk/krugerrandinfo.html
By the way, you win this week's star prize for getting 3 spelling errors in 1 single word!
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
What was a Roman penny called?
Amanda, BC/CANADA
A
Dear Amanda,
Thanks for your enquiry.
What is the magic word?
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
FREE CHARD
Is it true you are doing the following for free Chard 1952 Queen's Golden Jubilee Medallion 2002?
T.Phillips.
A
Yes
(Why else would we say so on our website?)
Q
Silly question!
Singapore dollar has 'singapore'written in four languaga-es.English and cantonese are two of them, what are the other two?
Carolyn H. UK
A
Dear Carolyn,
Thanks for your enquiry.
It's not as silly as many of the questions we get asked!
One great way to get an answer to a question like this is to use any decent internet search engine, we tried Google with the following criteria:-
Singapore dollar written four languages English cantonese
The first site found had the following information:-
Tagalog, English, Spanish, Chinese
Easy when you know how!
Regards, Lawrence Chard, Blackpool, www.chards.co.uk
Q
Me gustari saber si 1 "pences" es lo mismo q 1 "pennie". Y si no es así, Me gustaria saber a cuanto equivale. Es para un trabajo. Espero recibirlo lo más pronto posible
Mari Carmen, Barcelona
A
Dear Mari,
Thanks for your enquiry.
1 penny + 1 penny = 2 pennies
1 penny + 1 penny = 2 pence
Hope this helps.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
P.S. No se habla espanol.
Q
Magnetic Coins
Please could you tell me what year coins started to become magnetic with an explanation. Thanks
Matthew L., England
A
Dear Matthew,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Your question is answered on the page you were viewing.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Magnetic Coins
listen mate i would like to know what year coins started to become magnetic because i am doing a boring project on coins!!!!!
ed., scotland (sent 3 times in 1 minute)
A
Oh dear!
We thought the education system in Scotland was better than this. If your attention span was long enough for you to read further down the page you were viewing, you would have found the answer. You only need to press the "Send" button once, but we suppose pressing it three times helps to relieve the boredom.
Q
Sir
I have a number of 1997 £2 coins on which the Queen is wearing a necklace. I have been informed that these are limited edition and are worth more than the face value. I have doubts about this story but could you confirm or deny it.
Many thanks
P I K, (UK)
A
Dear Peter,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Try typing:-

1997 £2 coins on which the Queen is wearing a necklace

into Google, Altavista or any other good search engine.
The result should surprise and delight you.
Regards, Lawrence Chard


Q
Britain & The Euro
Explain the legal & political processes by which the euro has been implemented & how Britain was able to opt out whilst still remaining in the european union.
Harps, England
A
Dear Harps,
What is this? An essay question for your A-Level economics homework? A thesis for your doctorate? When is the deadline for completion of this task? From your accurate spelling and punctuation, we deduce that you are an intelligent and well educated person, however, the tone and manner of your request, or should we say command, leaves us astounded, and almost reduced to expletives. There appears to be a deficiency however in your education. It wouldn't go amiss to use the word "please", to explain even briefly the reason for your request, and to put your name to your e-mail rather than leave it for us to deduce from your e-mail address that it or your nickname appears to be "Harps".
We suggest that you try wining and dining a lecturer in economics or political history, or perhaps ask you local MP or MEP to submit a written research request to the Common's library. Failing this, perhaps you will need to hire a private consultant, but be prepared to pay at least £1,000; and many times more if you want a deep analysis from an acknowledged expert in the field.
If we ever get the spare time to answer your query, we would imagine we could have it published in book form, but would expect it to have a limited demand unless we could introduce some sex, scandal, and famous celebrities into it, in which case we could probably get it serialised in the News of the World.
We could continue, but don't want this to get boring. Come off it Harps, we are coin dealers, not publicly funded researchers.
Q
I have box full of old 2 bobs and old 50ps should i bin them
Chris T., UK
A
Dear Chris,
Don't bin them!
You could post them to us. special delivery is OK up to 2 kilos, compensation parcel rate standard service above that. We would buy them.
Failing that, give them to a charity.
Q
I would like to order the 2002 Wedding Coin Collection.
Lisa C., UK
A
Dear Lisa,
Thanks for your e-mail.
Don't let us stop you!
All you need to do is send us a cheque with your order, you can use our order form if you wish, or not, whichever you prefer.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
What is the difference between official and unofficial Euro coin sets?
Jyri S., UK
A
Dear Jyri,
Thanks for your enquiry.
It is as explained on our Euro FAQ page (and elsewhere):-
www.24carat.co.uk/eurocoinsfaqs.html
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Belgian Euro Sets
I would like to purchase a number -- say 10-- of 1 ero Belgian coins. We want to see if we can verify that they come up heads more often than they should. Would this be possible and if so what would be the cost.
Thanks, Laurie S., New Hampshire/USA
A
Dear Laurie,
Thanks for your enquiry.
The answer to your questions - about whether we can supply, and the prices, is already on our website.
From our front page:-
www.24carat.co.uk
Click on the Euro Coin photo, which will take you to our Euro Coins Index page,
then select the link:-
Individual Euro Coins - Belgium
Hope this helps
Q
Do you know if it possible to purchase a Euro Coin Starter Pack from the UK?
Many Thanks,
Peter Y., UK
A
Dear Peter,
Thanks for your enquiry.
The accurate answer to your question is "Yes, we do know.", however we suspect this is not the answer you are expecting to receive.
A more complete answer would be:-
Yes, it is possible to purchase a Euro Coin Starter Pack from the UK. We are in the UK, and we can sell you an Irish Euro Coin Starter Pack, price is as per our Irish Euro page, or the Euro starter pack page. We hope eventually to be able to offer starter packs from all 14 of the other countries if we can get them.
Perhaps what you really wanted to know is whether it is possible to purchase a UK Euro Coin Starter Pack. We are sorry to say that it is not. The UK has not yet decided to apply to join the Euro, although we suspect that it will happen soon. Before it happens, the government has to decide that the 5 financial criteria are right, then hold a referendum. If the result of the referendum is positive, then we will apply, but the Eurozone may make us join the ERM for 2 years before we can join the Euro, or it may reject our application. Naturally if the government decides to hold a referendum, it will start an advertising and propaganda campaign to persuade everybody that saying "Yes" is the correct decision, but being the government, it will probably do so in such a manner as to leave itself a get-out in case the Euro entry turns out to be unpopular, otherwise it will try to persuade people in such a way that they will think they made the decision themselves.
If and when this happens, the UK may issue starter packs of UK Euro coins. Of course, by then the Euro coins will be so familiar to most people that the UK will not need to issue starter packs. We suggest you wait until the UK announces its entry, and then keep checking our website for updated information.
We hope this helps.
Q
1) What is the cost for 1999, 2000, 2001 Euro Coin sets (for those countries that will offer them) - both official and your unofficial sets.
2) What is the cost for all 15 official sets?
3) What is the cost for the 12 unofficial sets and the 3 "minor" official sets?
4) Can I order online w/ a credit card? By phone with a credit card?
Thanks, Andy
A
Dear Andy,
Thanks for your enquiry.
You did not state which country you are from or which currency you wish to be quoted in. Our Euro Coin Set pages contain pricing in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euros.
We have over 30 pages on our site listing Euro coin sets. These contain all the current information we have, but we will try to answer your specific enquiries.
The pricing and availability, where known, of the 1999 Euro Coin Sets is shown on our 1999 Euro Coin Sets page. similarly for 2000, and 2001. These are for official sets only, as we doubt that loose coins will be issued for those years.
The pricing of all 15 official sets is not yet known.
The pricing for all 12 unofficial sets we currently offer is shown on our 2002 Euro Unofficial* Coin Sets - All 12 States page.
The pricing and availability, where known, of the three minor official sets is shown on our 2002 Official Euro Coin Mint Sets page.
We are sorry that we do not have online ordering by credit card. If we did it would be clearly shown on most pages of our site. We do have links to order forms for 4 different world zones, each of which ask you to print out the order form and enclose a cheque (or check). It may be slightly old fashioned but it still works.

Q
i would like a euro proof set
John Daly, USA
A
Dear John,
There is no such thing as a "euro proof set".
Each country produces its own coins. Some countries will produce proof coin sets, other will not. Pricing and availability is not yet known.
We are currently updating many of the 30+ pages in our Euro Coins section daily. You can check these out from the link on the front page of our site.
Q
Did Greece produce a mint set of its coins in general circulation for 2001 or was 2000 the last complete mint set?
Robert L., Canada
A
Dear Robert,
We don't know.
2000 is the most recent one we have any solid information about, apart from the new Euro sets. We suspect it may be the last.
It's not always easy to get information from mints, some are quite good, most are not.
Q
Euro Coins Enquiry
is it true that in the bible on of the signs that the end is near is all the nations coming together as one?????? Isn't that what this new currency is doing??
brandy, saskatchewan/canada
A
Dear Brandy,
Thanks for your enquiry.
We don't know, but suggest that you find the entry in the Bible and check it out for yourself, we are not Bible experts. There is probably a copy on the internet by now, which should make it easy to search for the appropriate terms.
With most written words, they can be interpreted in many different ways, especially old texts which have been translated into different languages.
If it's true, then do you think the solution is to stay separate and keep having wars instead?
Didn't a similar thing happen December 7, 1787 and August 21, 1959 when fifty individual states came together as one to form something called the United States of America. They also used a new currency. It doesn't seem to have brought the end near, although some might argue with this view.
Of course, you have not specified which end you are referring to, but we assume you mean the end of the world, you could equally well have meant the end of conflict, confusion, or banks profits on foreign exchange transactions.
If you find the answer, please share it with us.
We just noticed you are from Canada, not the USA. The same thing applies of course, except that someone recently told me that Great Britain is not the 51st State of America, but the 52nd, and that Canada is the 51st State. Is there any truth in this?
Q
Eurozone Enquiry!
I've been unable to locate the Ireland 2000 BU coin set. Are you aware of any sources for this set? Thank you.
R.C.U., Florida /U.S.A/

A
Dear Rainer,
Thanks for your enquiry.
We don't know if you looked on the 2000 World Coin Sets page of our website, which is where we have the set listed as sold out. If we knew any other sources of them we would buy some more to meet demand.
Sorry this does not help you much.
Q
Where can I buy euro coins
Robert E., Indiana, U.S.A.
A
Dear Robert,
Thanks for your enquiry.
We don't know if we replied earlier, but...
From us of course!
We now have over 30 pages in the Euro section of our site, and sell over 50 different types of Euro coin sets, plus loose coins.
Just follow the link from the front page of our site.
Q
cAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE THICKNESS OF THE VARIOUS EURO COINS
Brian R., Ireland
A
Dear Brian,
Thanks for your enquiry.
We don't know whether we replied earlier.
At the time we did not know the answer to your enquiry which would have been better directed at the ECB or the Euro information department of your own government.
It's not the sort of information we would normally need or that coin collectors would want. We will know within the next few days of course.

Q
Why will the Eurpoean Union bother issuing one, two and five cent (euro coins) considering they have so little purchasing value?
Samuel G., USA
A
Dear Sam,
Thanks for your enquiry.
We don't know the answer, and suggest that you contact the EU to ask them. We would be interested in a copy of their reply.
Q
I am interested in purchasing 2 or 3 sets of the Triple Wizard Coin Pack at $19.50 per pack. My question is on the cost of postage and packaging. Is $40.00 fully insured per pack or would that be the total amount for the entire order. Thank you.
Deborah L. Pennsylvania, USA.
A
Dear Deborah,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Our shipping charges are per consignment, not per item, so the $40 charge is the same whether you want 1, 3, or 1,000 sets.
This is explained in the Postage & Packing link on the page your were viewing.
Q
please provide a quote and maiking info for all available mint sets for the 2002 EURO thanks Randy S., Ca., USA
A
Dear Randy,
Thanks for your enquiry.
We would love to quote you a for all available mint sets for the 2002 Euro, but we can't because as we explain on the relevant pages, we do not have prices or availability on many of the sets yet. We are receiving new information daily.
We do not know whether you want the Uncirculated or the Proof mint sets, but whichever, the best thing is to send us your order with a deposit check. We will then contact you when all or a substantial proportion of the sets are available, letting you know the balance due.
We hope this helps.

Q
1980 GOLD PROOF SET QUEEN ELIZEBETH 4 COINS PER SET ::: 5 & 2 & 1 & 1/2 POUND CURRENT PRICE TO BUY ?
Joseph R., Israel
A
Dear Joseph,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Do you mean for us to buy from you, or for you to buy from us?

Q
harry potter silver proofs
Do you offer any discount if a customer buys each of teh 6 coins in proof? If so, let me know. Please respond prompty so that I can act before Christmas. Thanks. dean.,
A
Dear Dean,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Sorry for the delay in replying. We were working flat out 12 hours per day before Christmas just trying to keep up with orders.
We only get round to answering e-mail enquiries when we have processed all the orders. We could have answered your enquiry in seconds by telephone!
No, we do not offer any further discount for purchases of all 6 silver proofs. we are already £2.45 each less than the producers. Our main problem was getting enough supplies in time.
We hope this helps

Q
Do you accept Paypal? Are there any coin sets available?
A
Dear Dean,
We have no other coin sets which include Harry Potter coins, apart from the non-legal tender "Wizard Money" coins shown on the linked page.
We do not accept PayPal (whatever that is) or credit cards, which is why our US Order Form does not show these options, however we are happy to accept personal checks, company checks, bank drafts, or money orders in US dollars.
We guess you are from the USA by your e-mail address.

Q
Dear Sir,
What about the Euro sets from the Vatican City and Monaco ?
Thank you, Roland, UK
A
Dear Roland,
Thanks for your enquiry.
What about them?
Are you interested in buying them, or simply suggesting that we have omitted them from our lists?
From whichever page you were on, simply click the
Euro Coins Index
link, and you will find over 30 Euro coin & set page, including not only Vatican and Monaco, but also San Marino.
Alternately you can find the same page via our front page:-
www.24carat.co.uk

Q
To whom it may concern,
With regard to ordering coins, what is the delivery time within the U.K?
Many thanks,
David S.
A
Dear David,
Thanks for your enquiry.
It depends what the coins are, whether they have been released yet. If they are gold bullion coins, we clear your cheque before despatch. For most other coins, we despatch over 90% of our orders within 24 hours. We do explain this on our "ordering" page.
How quickly do you need them?

Q
Will a 13 country euro dollar set be made availavle, say one 2 euro coin from each euro member country?
Do you carry the Euro Coin Starter Packs?
Jerry P., USA
A
Dear Jerry,
Thanks for your enquiries.
We don't know about 13 coin sets, there are 12 main countries converting to the Euro, plus 3 other minor states.
We have over 30 pages of Euro coins, and over 50 different sets available.
We have two different sets of 12 x 1 Euro.
We also have a page explaining why we do not have the starter packs.
From the front page of our site:-
www.24carat.co.uk
click on:-
Euro Coins Index
From there you can find out almost everything about Euro coins.
Hope this helps.

Q
EURO COINS
GENTLEMEN, THE 12 SETS OF THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES YOU ARE OFFERING ON YOUR WEBSITE ARE THEY THE COINS THE INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES HAVE MINTED AND ARE THEY USABLE IN EACH OF THOSE 12 COUNTRIES OR ARE THOSE YOUR " OWN" INOFFICIAL SETS? PLEASE RESPOND TO MY QUESTION. THANKS KLAUS F. FROM CALIFORNIA
A
Dear Klaus,
Thanks for your enquiry.
The 12 "unofficial" sets we advertise are indeed coins minted by the 12 countries concerned, and it is simply our packaging which is our own.
We do not make our own Euro coins for obvious reasons, mainly it would be a criminal offence known as forgery, and to quote from the European Union website:-
"The maximum sentence for infringements concerning the making or alteration of currency may not be less than eight years."
You are the first person to have asked for clarification of this, but perhaps we had better make it clear on the relevant pages.
Regards, Lawrence Chard

P.S. Your "Caps Lock" key seems to be stuck down.


Q
On this page (https://24carat.co.uk/2002crownsgoldenjubilee.html) you wrote "hoeseback". The Golden Jubilee coin is beautiful, with an excellent motto.
It is to expensive to ship one to Portugal. I can send you brand new Euros for trade...
MC&HNY, Portugal
A
Dear Ricardo,
Thanks for your enquiry and for spotting a typographical error which we have now corrected.
We will be happy to ship to Portugal as soon as they are released in January.
Just use the most appropriate "Order Form" link on any of our pages.
Thanks also for the offer to send us brand new Euros. We have already arranged for a supply which should arrive very soon.
We can also accept cheques in Euros.
Q
Please send me a quote on what a full set of Euro coins (any paper bills as well) would cost, as well as any details on shipment costs & guarantees of delivery. Are you shipping now? Thanks!
Tim H., Wisconsin
A
Dear Tim,
Thanks for your enquiry.
The price of our 12 set collection of Euro coin sets is $164.95 as shown on our Euro Coin pages.
We are also offering official sets as information becomes available about them. Price are shown on the pages for each country and also on the "2002 Official Euro Sets" page.
There are also earlier dated sets, which are shown on the 1999, 2000, and 2001 Euro Coin Sets pages, and also on the pages for each country.
As the information on these pages is currently changing and being updated every day, it's difficult to give you a total.
We are not yet shipping as neither the coins nor the sets have yet been issued. You will not that we have availability / shipping times by month on each offer. The first sets will become available in January, and we will ship all orders as soon as we can. Our shipping costs are quoted "per order", this should read "per delivery", because if you want sets sending as soon as possible it will necessitate more than one shipment. Our Postage and packing charges are shown on almost every page, and there is also a "Postage & Packing" page.
It is likely that we will receive some coins later this month, but because almost everyone will be closed between Christmas and New Year, this may get delayed to January 2nd.
Currently we don't offer banknotes, but we are considering it.
We hope this helps.

Q
Dear Chard,
I am interested in buying the 12 euro starter packs issued by each country, and if possible packs produced by the three minor countries. Can you provide these, and how much will it cost. I live in the UK.
Thanks, Angus Walker
A
Dear Angus,
Thanks for your enquiry.
As you will see on all our Euro set pages, we are, or will be, offering over 50 different Euro coin sets.
The starter or familiarisation packs you will have seen in the news are for residents only, are limited to one set per person, and are only currently available in and for three of the states.
Currently we have no plans to offer these, but will include them in our Euro pages if the situation changes.
We hope you will watch our pages for updated information.
Q
Do you have any euro sets, preferably Dutch, for sale now?
Thanks, Ken W., UK
A
Dear Ken,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Yes we are quite happy to sell you any of the Euro sets right now.
As you will see on all our Euro set pages, we plan to ship them during January.
We guess that you are asking can we ship them now, the answer is no. If we could do, we would be showing that fact on our pages.
The familiarisation packs you will have seen in the news are for residents only, are limited to one set per person, and are only currently available in and for three of the states.
Please watch our Euro Coins pages for updated information.
Hope this helps. Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Are the Harry Potter coins legal United States currency?
Dave, Washington, USA
A
No!
You aren't pulling our leg, are you?
Q
Dear sir,
I have seen an advertisement for you company in a booklet and am interested in the items you wish to sell,please could you send me a list of your coins so I may decide if I wish to purchase any of them,thankyou.
Please mail the list to:
R.D., Sheffield
please keep this address confidential
A
Dear Robert,
Thanks for your enquiry.
We have about 10% of our stock listed on our websites, and these run to over 2,500 pages. If printed out they would be equivalent to about 2 telephone directories.
We hope you can find what you want on our sites.

We treat all customer enquiries as confidential, on this page, we only give enough identity information for the original enquirer to recognise their own enquiry. Naturally we do not disclose customer addresses or e-mail addresses.


Q
Please advise on the condition of the "Complete bullion collection" and uncirculated Sovereigns - and also how they are packaged (i.e. any protective wallets/cases etc). I ask this because I recently purchased 25 Gold Sovereigns from a company in Oregon USA. They were supposed to be in uncirculated condition (dates their choice - ranging from 1911 - 1963). However, they were not in a condition that I would consider to be uncirculated, as they had obviously been handled and had some minor scratches, nicks or blemishes. I realise that Sovereigns are not circulated nowadays so perhaps that is how the company can claim the "uncirculated" condition. I am relatively new to this topic and would be very grateful if you could advise if this is normal practice for such coins (i.e. are your coins of similar quality for this price?). They were packaged loose in a plastic tube and I paid the equivalent of 52 pounds each for them. Can you inform me if this price is fair for such coins? They were purchased from a company named MJPM.Com , who are members of the American Numismatist Association, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of America and are PCGS Dealer #105 Professional Coin Grading Service. I therefore have no reason to doubt their authenticity although I am not proficient enough to make such judgments for myself (despite the help of your article in the "goldsovereigns" website). I would be grateful for your advice in this matter.
J.A.S., USA
A
Dear Jonathan,
Our "Complete Bullion Collection" is uncirculated, and of course the uncirculated sovereigns are uncirculated also. There is no packaging included in the price, we normally insert them in individual plastic packets for transport. With bulk lots we often roll them for shipping.
We have a page about grading on our websites which give definitions and explanations about terms such as "uncirculated". This explains that "uncirculated" means what it says, but that an uncirculated coin can have minor blemishes, scuffs, knocks and scratches, often called "bagmarks", a good example of the American language. After all, coins are mass produced and bulk handled, so when they leave the mint they are not perfect. To get "perfect" coins, you would need to specify "F.D.C", which is normally applied only to proofs, although there is no reason it could not be applied to any other perfect specimen.
As to your purchase from the American dealer, we have long wondered where American dealers (almost all of them), get their supplies of uncirculated earlier sovereigns. Our Elizabeth II would be uncirculated, but truly uncirculated George V are quite scarce. There is no doubt in our mind that many of the "uncirculated" coins offered by our US competitors are optimistically graded. The price of £52 is not unreasonable. Our current price for bullion coins in the same quantity varies from £49 to £50 depending whether you take our choice or yours. Uncirculated Elizabeth would be £49.40 each. We could supply "selected" earlier sovereigns for a small premium, which we are sure would be as good as the "American uncirculated" ones. Perhaps it's just us being conservative with our grading because we are British.
If you were not entirely satisfied with your purchase, you should discuss it with the supplier.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Remember me from Nat West Central Drive c.1974. What a superb site you have. I came across it when looking for an answer to a quiz question. ie. 'What do the pop group Oasis and a £2 coin have in common?' Can you help me?
Regards., Malcolm B.
A
Dear Malcolm,
Thanks for your e-mail.
Yes of course we remember you, we remember all our previous bank managers, with affection mainly.
As to your main question, is the correct answer "They are both worth the same?"
It's perhaps not the answer you are looking for. I tried a quick search on AltaVista UK, using the search criteria:-
+oasis + "£2 coin"
and the fifth result shown was:-
Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
Standing on the shoulders of giants - not Oasis, but wording on the edge of the British two pound coin, originally a quote by Sir Isaac Newton.>...
https://24carat.co.uk/standingontheshouldersofgiants.html
More Pages From This Site
Hope this helps.
What are you doing with yourself these days?
Regards, Lawrence Chard

P.S. Unfortunately, Malcolm, the e-mail reply we sent you bounced back as undeliverable, even when we changed it all to lower case, so we suspect that you have got your e-mail address wrong. Wake up at the back!


Q
Hello.
I am interested in buying a set of each version of the Harry Potter crowns. Do you accept credit card?
Thanks and kind regards,
Ian. N., London, UK
A
Dear Ian,
Thanks for your enquiry.
We don't accept credit cards. If you click the UK order form attached to the page, you will find it says:-
"Please print this order form and enclose it with your cheque. Our address is shown at the foot of this and every page."

Q
harry potter coins
Please give me a quote for a complete proof set of six silver Harry Potter coins mailed to the US. guy m., USA
A
Dear Guy,
Thanks for your enquiry.
The price of these is $55 each as shown on our web page, so 6 x $55 = $330.
Shipping to the USA is $10 at your risk or $40 insured via Fedex, as shown on the USA order form, which is linked from the page.
Q
cupro nickel uncirculated
What would be the exact cost of this coin including shipping. Do you take Visa cards?
Sincerely, Suzanne M.
A
Dear Suzanne
Thanks for your enquiry.
Unfortunately you didn't tell us what coin you wanted a price for. Also you didn't mention where you want the coin shipping to or what currency you want the quote in.
Most of our coin pages have products priced in British £'s and in US Dollars, and there are also order forms for UK and USA linked to most pages. the order forms invite you to you to post the order with your cheque or check.
Our postage & packing prices are also shown on almost every page.
The "About Us" section has more than one page which details what payment we accept, which odes not include credit cards, and we even having a page explaining why not.
Hope this helps.
Q
I had submitted a small order for one Brittania and one Somalia Monkey some time ago and was wondering about how long to wait before I become concerned?
Tuesday, November 6, 2001
Michael C., California, USA
A
Wednesday, November 7, 2001
Dear Michael,
Thanks for your enquiry.
We are still waiting for the Royal Mint to release the 2001 silver Britannias. We cannot send them our before they are made! Latest news on their release date is posted on the 2001 Silver Britannias page of our website. This is currently showing a release date of sometime in November, having already been delayed a couple of times. Quoting from the current version of this page:-
Year 2001 Issue Available Soon
The year 2001 issue will be released in mid October, and we will have them in stock for immediate delivery. Anticipating the usual production delays, we expect to receive supplies by late October, possibly early November. Production delay now official, now expected November.
The Royal Mint don't keep us informed on a day to day basis about delays and revised production schedules. We don't have the time and resources to inform each of our customers individually.
By the way we note the Royal Mint's price is £13.50 as against ours at £9.95
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Hi.
I am looking for any Gold Sovereign. The date is not important as long as you have one in stock.
Can you let me know what you have and also the total cost including insured post to a London address.
I will then transfer the monies over to your account
Many Thanks.
Mike T.
A
Dear Michael,
Thanks for your further enquiry.
We have thousands in stock, so many that we have a whole website dedicated to them at goldsovereigns.co.uk
We also have some on our Tax Free Gold website taxfreegold.co.uk
Our sovereign pages on this site contain hypertext links to both sites.
Q
Looking for a Year 2000 Irish Mint Proof Set. Please advise availability, Price and shipping cost to East Coast USA. Thanks Maurice M.
A
Dear Maurice,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Sorry this is sold out (and has been for several months) as mentioned on our Irish Coin Sets page.
https://24carat.co.uk/irishcoinsets.html
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Can you please explain to me what the word proof means in relation to a 1995 £2 coin.
Thank you
Elma G., Scotland
A
Dear Elma,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Please take a look at our "Proof versus Uncirculated" page:-
https://24carat.co.uk/prooforuncirculated.html
The above page can also be reached from the front page of our site:-
www.24carat.co.uk
by clicking on the
"Information" button, then
Frequently Asked Coin Questions
and
Proof Versus Uncirculated - The Difference
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Dear Mr. Chard,
I am interested in purchasing the 1992 Uncirculated Set, however I am a little unsure about ordering. Please could you e-mail me back telling me how I can order from you and how much the 1992 set costs (is it £15 or £16?!)
Thank you,
Mr Richard Gray
12 October 2001 19:55
A
Dear Richard,
Thanks for your enquiry.
The 1992 Uncirculated set is £16, as shown on both the 1992 coins page, and the British Coin Sets page.
To order just send a cheque with your order, you can use the UK order form linked from almost all of our pages. Please don't forget to add postage and packing.
If you are outside the UK, please use the appropriate order form.
Q
Austrialian Platinum Coins
Dear Mr. Chard,
Are you able to get hold of any of the Australian Platinum Koalas? I am particularly interested in the 'one twentieth' ounce version. If you are able to get hold of any of the coins, I would be grateful if you could send me any relevant information about these coins, and of course the current prices for them.
Thanks, Mr Richard Gray
A
Dear Richard,
Thanks for your further enquiry.
Did you receive our reply about the 1992 coin sets? We were slightly puzzled as to why you were not sure whether they were £15 or £16, we could not find any reference to them at £15.
Regarding the Australian Platinum Coins, we give what information we have about them on the page which we presume you e-mailed us from. They are similar to the Australian silver and gold bullion coins, except that they feature koalas instead of kangaroos or kookaburras.
We do not have a photograph on the page yet, although we do have over 3,000 other high quality images on our websites.
This states that we have all 7 different weights available to order, and we quote prices, subject to fluctuation, for all 7.
We hope this helps, and look forward to receiving your orders.
Q
Silver Pandas
inventors name,what country the coin originatedand how the coin was designed,developed and creat
joashuan porter, mich/oakland
A
Dear Joashuan,
Thanks for your enquiry.
If we understand it correctly, you wish to know which country our Chinese Silver Panda coins come from. The answer of course is China.
The inventor's name is a little more difficult. We would not consider these coins an invention, although China does have a claim to have been one of the first countries to have invented coins over 2,000 year ago.
We would imagine that the panda coins were designed, developed and created in the usual way.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Please could you supply a set, or as near as possible the entire set, of coins of the current state currencies for all nations joining the ECU in 2002? Please revert with entire cost of the package delivered to the below address.
With thanks and regards
Rosemary P., Rhodes, Greece
A
Dear Rosemary,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Yes we can supply Euro coin sets for all 12 of the Eurozone member states which are joining the Euro (not the ECU) in 2002. These are listed on at least 13 of our web pages.
From our front page www.24carat.co.uk
Click on the link "2002 Euro Coin Sets"
It lists all 12 sets, with prices in sterling, US dollars and Euros.
There is also information about official sets, other states, and banknotes.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Dear Lawrence
Thank you for this information but we are looking for the sets of coins in the current currencies of these countries not the new Euro coins. As many of the currencies that will disappear as possible are required. Do you have these?
Many thanks
Rosemary P.
A
Dear Rosemary,
Sorry we read your original e-mail too hastily.
The only pre-euro issues we have are listed on the following pages:-
2001 World Coin Sets
2000 world Coin Sets
World Coins Sets - Earlier
Please note many of them have already sold out. some countries have not produced sets each year.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
I'm interested in purchaseing the Euro coins for all twelve participating countries. Does your pre-release price of $164.95 include all 8 coins from each country (96 coins in total)? Are these uncirculated? When would you anticipate shipment should I order? Do you also anticipate selling the bank notes?
Thank you in advance for your reply.
Sincerely,
M. T. C., USA
A
Dear Murdoch,
Thanks for your enquiry.
I'm interested in purchaseing the Euro coins for all twelve participating countries. Does your pre-release price of $164.95 include all 8 coins from each country (96 coins in total)?
Yes
Are these uncirculated?
Yes
When would you anticipate shipment should I order?
As stated on our web pages, we are expecting to have them in stock by January, shipment should be late January or early February
Do you also anticipate selling the bank notes?
Currently we have no plans to offer the banknotes.
Hope this helps.
Q
Do you have and how much for 1 oz. Britannias? 1999... 2000... 2001... Thank You Tom S., (USA)
A
Dear Tom,
Thanks for your enquiry.
You do not say which country you are from, or in which currency you would like the quote, however from examining your e-mail address it looks as though you may be in California, USA, in which case you will probably prefer your quote in US dollars, and you will need to know our shipping charges to the USA.
We do actually have all the prices you want on out website already. The best page, with all three on is https://24carat.co.uk/silverbritannias.html.
The prices are shown on both Pounds Sterling and in US Dollars ($16.50 each). Our postage & packing charges to both UK and USA ($10 airmail buyer's risk, or $40 Fedex fully insured) are also shown.
Availability is shown for all three dates, plus 1998.
In case you wish to buy in quantity, there is also a link to our 2001 Silver Britannias page which has quotes for 10, rolls of 20, and 100 pieces.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
hello,
I would like to buy euro french set right now, is it possible ?
Olivier, France. 25th September 2001
A
Dear Olivier,
Thanks for your enquiry.
As we state our website, we can sell you one, but we cannot deliver until January, because the coins will not be released before then.
Regards,
Lawrence Chard
Q
Hi,
I notice on your page, you state that "it used to be illegal to deface coins". Do you know if this applies to current currency, and where I can find the laws on this? We want to use a penny cut in half in an advert, and the Royal Mint are less than useless on this point... Thanks for any help you could give me.
Jonathan T., UK
A
Dear Jonathan,
You didn't say which of our 2,000+ pages you were looking at, and we can't remember or find the reference.
We are quite sure that it will still be illegal to deface coins, particularly current ones. The Royal Mint seem to be too busy chasing profits to provide information as a public service.
If you need to check on the legality, you could try contacting H.M. Treasury, or asking your local reference library, some libraries have a law library collection, otherwise you could ask a solicitor which will obviously cost money. While we are not in a authoritative position to give you a definitive answer we believe that you should be alright. The authorities quite sensibly are unlikely to prosecute anyone who damages one or two coins, but would probably get upset if someone defaced or printed an advertising slogan on several million of them. Similarly if your advert encouraged millions of others to do the same, you might have a problem.
The lack of response from the Royal Mint probably can probably be taken to indicate their lack of concern, and if you did find yourself facing legal action later, it would certainly be a mitigating factor, if not a defence, to be able to show that you had taken the precaution of asking the mint. Taking this logic a little further, you can probably understand the difficulty for the mint in answering your question. Assuming it is illegal to deface a coin, and also assuming that the Royal Mint are not concerned about you defacing a single coin, they can hardly write to tell you they have no objection, as they would not be allowed to give you permission to break the law.

Q
archid.avst.dux
marilyn, il, U>S<A>
A
That's a question?
Are you sure it's not a clue from a cryptic crossword?
How do you expect us to answer a question if we don't know what the question is?
You know, with just a little effort you could have found the answer for yourself. Internet search engines are very useful if you take the time and trouble to learn how to use them, and which ones produce the best results. We tried searching for archid.avst.dux using altavista, and the first result shown was the "Questions They Ask Us" page of our own website, where we have obviously answered the same question before. If you had been really lucky you may have found the "Maria Theresa Thaler" page of our site. Naturally if you had added maria theresa or 1780 to your search terms, you would have stood a better chance of getting the correct answer from the most relevant page.
We also tried Google which also gave our page along with a number of others, including some in Italian and some in German.
One advantage if using search engines is that you would get a quicker answer. They don't wait until they have finished all their other enquiries before answering all the other ones. Also because they aren't human, they don't get frustrated at getting asked the same questions time and time again.
By the way, you need to unpress the "shift" key before attempting to type a period (full stop), a useful tip is to use the "shift lock" key when trying to type capitals with full stops between.
We hope this helps.
Q
Repro Coinage
What type of payment is preferred? What cheques or money orders can be cashed? Do you accept Credit Cards?
Thanks, D.B.
A
Dear Dan,
Thanks for your enquiry.
You do not mention where you are from, although we note that you were browsing our Reproduction Coins page.
On our UK Order Form for Reproduction Coins, we ask for payment by cheque.
If you are from the USA, you can use our USA order form, in which case, you can pay using your personal US $ check, or you can send a money order, bankers check, company check, etc.
We also have an EU order form, and a Rest of the World order form. Each one suggests the best method of payment.
Hope this helps.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Dear Sir or Madam,
Please can you tell me if there is a 1999 ten pence coin in circulation, as I cannot find one anywhere at all.
The reason I ask this is this is the coin I need to complete a set, I have all the others from the year 2000 1p,2p,5p,10p,20p,50p and £1 coins and the only one I need to complete the 1999 set is the 10p coin.
Can you tell me where I can obtain these coins from?.
Many thanks and I await your reply,
Ian A., Great Britain
A
Dear Ian,
Thanks for your enquiry.
If you look at our 1999 Coin Sets page, you will see a table listing which coins from 1999 were issued for circulation, and which were only available in the sets.
We also have similar pages for every year from 1970.
In addition we have a "Mintage Figures" page which lists mintage figures for almost every British coin and date from 1968 onwards.
Regards,
Lawrence Chard
Q
please send me a price list of proof/unc British coins you offer for sell.
thanks, D. Floyd, USA
A
Dear Devon,
We would love to be able to send you a catalogue, but...
We have over 2,000 pages on our websites, about half of them listing British coins for sale. A list or catalogue of them would be like a telephone directory. It would also be out of date as we update and add new pages every day.
Please take a look through the pages of our site.

Q
Pound Coin Silver Proof Enquiry
Of the current £1 coins, how many different reverse designs are there and what are they.
GRS, England
A
Please read our pages about £1 coins, especially the type chart of £1 coins. It is linked from the page you were looking at.
Regards, Lawrence Chard.
Q
Dear Sirs,
Now that the Euro notes have been brought into circulation, have you any idea when you expect to be in possession of the 2002 Euro coin collectors sets?
Thank you.
Neil D., UK, Sat 01/09/2001 16:09
A
Dear Neil,
Thanks for your enquiry.
The Euro notes have not been brought into circulation. We presume you have seen or heard the recent news item that they have been unveiled this week in Frankfurt.
The information on our page about Euro Coin Sets, from which you sent your enquiry, remains correct and accurate. Euro coins and notes will come into circulation on January 1st 2002, although some Euro coin countries will make "Education Pack" or similar available beforehand.
We will have our 2002 Euro Coin Sets in stock during January 2002.
Regards,
Lawrence Chard
Q
1977 Crown Enquiry!
I have a cased, uncirculated Silver Jubilee (1952-1977) coin for which I cannot find a price. The obverse is a portrait of Elizabeth II. The reverse shows the orb and crown. Please advise.
Steven B., ID, USA
A
We can tell from the message heading that you sent your question from our 1977 Crown Page. This page describes the same coin that you describe. It also has photographs of both sides of the coin, and prices in both pounds sterling and US dollars. Wouldn't it be quicker for you to read what's already on the page instead of e-mailing us ask?
L.C.
Can anybody reading this tell us why so many people do the same thing as this person, and ask for information which is staring them in the face?
Q
I found your website after going into a search pannel. I thought 'great a site which would help me out' I was looking for 2 things ...1) the value of a 1997 2) pound coin that i'm trying to sell also a 1996 football 2 pound coin that also is up for sale to pay my bills. when i looked through your site it toke me 10 mins to find somthing to do with 2 pound coins but all it said was we don't have time for this....we are too busy....and other sarcastic remarks...but you don't actually tell people the value of these coins, without them spending 1/2 hour looking though every single word. untill they might just stumble on it. you also said do not send us e-mails on 2 pound coins. the point i am trying to make is that if u don't want people writing to u about this 2 pound coin you should put a BIG or LOADS of links to the value of the 1997 2 pound coin 1996 2 pound coins 1999 rugby etc........ telling them that the 1996 2 pound coin is worth nothing or is worth 2 million..... because you say that your fed up with all the e-mails and you don't have time....well people spend there time visiting your site taking up there time and you would be alot better off if you told them upfront.
p.s. sorry about this lot of rabbile but i just need to no the value (or should i say i want to sell my coin..happy!) of the 1996 and 1997 2 pound coin? :O)
Lyndsey H, Long Eaton
A
Lyndsey,
You seem to be missing a point. Our website is here to help us run our business, which is largely buying and selling coins, This is how we make our living. We don't get paid, and often don't get thanked, for giving free valuations. It's not what we are here for. It really annoys and frustrates us when idiots like you complain. In addition, 90% of the questions we get asked are already answered on our website. It doesn't seem to matter how many times we provide the same information, or how many links we provide. If we followed your suggestion, our paying customers would have to wade through unnecessary links to find what they wanted.
You are welcome to use the information we have provided in over 2,000 pages on our websites. Because there is a lot of information there, it would take a long time if you read through every word, that's why we put in a lot of effort trying to make our site easy to navigate. Most people can find things on it quite easily. Try starting out at the front page www.24carat.co.uk, then click either the "Information" button or the "Products Index" button.
The next point is that we can't state with accuracy that your £2 or any other coin is only worth £2. First we can't see your coin, so we don't know which type it is, ordinary uncirculated, proof, silver proof, piedfort silver proof or gold proof. Secondly we don't know what condition it is in, thirdly we can't predict that it will never be worth more than £2, we can only state that a coin in perfect condition will always be worth more than an imperfect one. We leave it to your intelligence to work out the rest.
We also suggest going to your local library, and recommend a number of books.
What free services do you provide to the community or the internet? Tell us the address of your website, so that we can see what information you are providing for people. The comments we make elsewhere are not sarcastic as you seem to think, we try to avoid sarcasm, it is regarded as the lowest form of wit, but we have resorted to its use here as it appears necessary to try to communicate with you on your own level.
My grandmother had a wonderful expression which she would have applied to you, about needing your "titty bottle".

Q
Your website moans about people not being able to find the 'value of my coins' information. And has links to "i've found an old coin what's it worth" pages, but it is practically impossible to actually find the information. No wonder you get so many emails asking what coins are worth!!!
K.M., Glasgow
A
Dear Kenny,
Thanks for your e-mail.
You made it onto our "Questions They Ask Us" page, even though it wasn't a question.
You appear to be under a misunderstanding.
We operate a business, part of which is buying and selling coins. We are not here to run a free valuation service even though there would be a great demand for it. Most of the time, it's all we can do to keep up with sales enquiries from paying customers. We do give lots of information on our site, over 2,000 pages of it.
In our "Value of My Coin" page, and others we tell you that the value of a coin depends upon its condition, and also upon supply and demand. We also recommend several books, and visiting your library.
We own a collection of books, and spend up to £1,000 per annum on new ones. The nearest one to hand contains 2,000 pages, 47,000 illustrations, and contains descriptions and price listings for over 100,000 coins in up to 4 grades each. This particular book only covers world coins (briefly) of the 20th century. If you expect us to include on our pages price information about every coin ever issued, it would occupy over 100 times the space of this book. It would also require an editorial team of about 20 experts employed full time just to keep it up-to-date. We would probably also need an I.T. department to maintain the database, and build in search facilities to make it idiot proof, otherwise many people would be too lazy to bother to look up the information for themselves, and would end up e-mailing us to tell them, just like people do now despite the fact that almost all our coin pages ask them not to ask us to identify or value their coins.
We guess that you don't run a business, so don't understand or care that these things take time and money. If however you do run a business, and it includes a free service, please let us all know, and we will look forward to using it. It would have been nice if you had thanked us for the information we do provide. If you are employed, perhaps you would like to come and work for us for free during your holidays, we could use you answering all the "how much is my coin worth" e-mails we get.
Q
Specimen 1999 Diana Crown in Folder
I would appreciate you giving me a quote for purchasing 10 of the Specimen 1999 Diana Crown in Folder coins including P & P.
Laraine
A
Dear Laraine,
Thanks for your enquiry.
Our current price on the Diana specimen crowns in folder is £11 each.
You did not tell us where you are, but:-
If you are in the UK, postage is £2 per order at your risk or £5 fully insured.
To the USA, airmail is $10 per order at your risk, or $40 fully insured via Fedex
For most other parts of the world, our rates are:
£5 at your risk, £10 by International Insured airmail.
Hope this helps,
Lawrence Chard
Q
The Britannia Story
Where did the Guinea get it's name?
D.H., Essex
A
Have you read our page "The Story of the Gold Guinea"?
From the front page of our site:-
www.24carat.co.uk
Click:
Product Catalogue
Coins Index
Guineas
The Story of the Gold Guinea
You will find the answer to your question.
Q
Coin Terminology Enquiry!
I HAVE A COIN THAT I GOT IN CHANGE IT'S A ABOUT THE SIZE OF A DIME. THE DENOMINATION IS 1 URN (THE R IS BACKWARDS)COULD YOU TELL ME WHAT COUNTRY IT MAY BE FROM.
THANK YOU
GLEN, IOWA, USA
A
Dear Glen, If you read our page "Value of my Coin. What's it Worth?", which is linked from the page you were on, you will see our advice:- Identifying a coin over the telephone or e-mail is more difficult and time-consuming than doing it first-hand with the advantage of being able to see the coin. What can take 2 seconds to do live, can take 20 minutes by telephone. We can't afford to give this amount of time free! If you can't bring it to us, the best starting point is your local library or museum. They have books and paid staff to help you, all paid for out of your tax money. What they will not do is provide a valuation, partly because if they get it wrong you might try to sue them. But, hey!, if they help you find it in a catalogue, most catalogues contain prices, failing this, at least you know what it is, so now you're at least half way there. It would be rather neat, although unlikely, if the coin you have is Greek, which would be it a Greek Urn, as in the world's oldest joke "What's a Greek urn?". Answer: "About 5,000 Drachmas a week!" This gag pre-dates Groucho Marx, and is believed to have been invented circa 600 B.C. P.S. The Caps Lock is at the far left of the middle row on most keyboards. Please see "Archie and Mehitable" by Don Marquis.
Q
Cane you tell me how much a penny weighs. The newest ones.
Jamie, Boise, Idaho, USA.
A
Dear Jamie,
The information you want is already on our site.
From the front page, click:-
Information
Frequently Asked Coin Questions
Specifications of Current British Coins

P.S. We presume you do mean British Pennies, not US Cents!


Q
Maria Theresa Enquiry!
I have an 1780 Maria Theresa Silver Taler that is in great condition. Can you tell me how much it is worth in todays coin market. It is 220 years old. Please let me know its worth today in the year 2000. Thanks
Tabatha, Maryland, USA
A
Dear Tabatha,
You sent us your e-mail from our page entitled "Maria Theresa Thalers".
On that page, we tell almost the whole story about Maria Theresa Thalers, and we include photographs of both sides of the coin. We explain that none of them were minted in 1780, but that they all bear that date, the year Maria Theresa died. All Maria Theresa Thalers are what are termed "restrikes". We also mention the fact that we offer them for sale at £7 each, we even have the price in US dollars ($11) for the convenience of any American readers who do not know the exchange rate.
It took us about half a days work, and half a lifetime's experience to create that page, there are about 1,000 words. It is more than slightly annoying and frustrating, therefore, to get enquiries from the very page. This tells us that you can't be bothered to read the page which we have taken the time and trouble to create.
You also ask us to tell you the value of your coin. As professionals, we charge for valuations, we do not provide them free. If we did, we would need to employ at least one person, an expert, full time, to try to answer all the requests we get.
It also states near the bottom of our page, just above the enquiry form you used:-
If you want to find the value of a coin you own, please take a look at our page I've Found An Old Coin, What's It Worth? but you didn't bother reading this either did you?
At the top of our enquiry form is written:-
If you have an enquiry about any of our Silver Coins,, we'd be happy to answer you, but please note it may be quicker to telephone us. Please see the Contact Us page of our website.

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It doesn't invite you to write asking us for a free valuation of your coins.
On our site, we provide lots of useful information which we know most people appreciate, however when we get e-mails like yours, we get intensely annoyed.
We created this page (Questions They Ask Us) originally to answer lots of the smaller questions we get asked, but then discovered that by publishing some of the most repeated ones, together with some of the most stupid ones, it helped us to let off some steam.
Do us a favour, before sending anybody else any questions, check first to see whether the answer to your question is staring you in the face. Learn to read, and think about others first, be a little less selfish and ignorant, and help make the world a better place.
By the way, you should say "...a 1780" and not "...an 1780", and we also are aware that this is year 2000, you didn't need to add that particular piece of information.
If anybody else is reading this, we don't usually get quite so bitchy, but every so often, we just have to relieve ourselves, otherwise we go mad.


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Wonderful Site!!
I have recently gotten very interested in British Pennies. I have obtained quite a few. Did the UK mint a 1933 penny? I did not see anything about it on your site, but I have not found one for sale anywhere.
Thank you... and once again, what a super site!
C. Price, NC / USA
A
That's very kind of you to say so!
We have put many man-hours work into trying to make our site interesting and informative, and it helps to make it worthwhile when we get comments like yours.
Since you asked, we thought it was time we created a "1933 Penny" page. From our front page, click on:- Products Coins Index Pennies Index 1933 Penny We hope this helps!
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Thank you for your reply, I will be ordering some coins from you I have already purchased some coins from you before.
I have noticed that you only list coin sets to 1989 do you do the sets before 89 ?
Also do you have a brochure that you could send me
Thanks again
J. A. N., UK
A
Thanks for your further enquiry.
We have British coin sets listed from about 1896 to date.
From our front page, click on:-
Products
Coins Index
British Coin Year Sets
Recently we started to add individual pages for each year, working backwards. So far we have reached 1981, which took us about 2 weeks.
These are also linked from the above page, and each of these pages also links back to the Coin Sets page.
The only catalogue we publish is on our web site, it's about 20 years since we last published a printed coin list, they are expensive to produce and are always out of date before they are even printed. Our website can be kept up to date quickly and easily.
Hope you continue to find what you want on it.
Q
How much does a pound coin weigh?
Pat M., London
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Dear Pat,
If you go to our front page:-
https://24carat.co.uk
then click
Information
Frequently Asked Coin Questions
Specifications of Current British Coins
You will find the answer to your question.
Q
name the designer of the reverse side of the millenium crown.
D. Foster, U.K.
A
What prize are you offering if we guess correctly?
Q
Is there an old coin know as a "damn" that was the origin of the saying, "I don't give a damn!"
Thanks.
nancy kurbyweit
N.J., USA
A
We aren't even going to try to answer that one!
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How many different designs of pound coins are there.
A.J.M., Monmouthshire, South Wales, UK.
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Dear A.J.,
The answer to your question is already on our website.
If you go to our front page:-
https://24carat.co.uk
Then click:-
Products
Coins Index
Pound Coins Index
You will find 7 pages linked to it, (including the page you were at!)
The page entitled "The Story of The One Pound Coin"
contains a table showing all the obverse and reverse designs from 1983, the first £1 nickel-brass coin, to this year, 2000 Dear Mr. Murray, It is frustrating to spend time telling you that the answer to your question is already on our website, only to find out that your e-mail bounces because you typed your e-mail address "murf@pluto44.freserve.co.uk" wrongly. What makes it worse is that we have potential customers waiting for replies, and also, you probably are thinking that we have not bothered to reply to your enquiry.

Q
What is the correct way to clean old coins as I have found old silver 3penny bits & old 1pences form the 1800's.
Nigel B., England
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Dear Nigel,
There is a (new) page on our site to answer your question.
From our front page:-
https://24carat.co.uk
click:-
Information
Frequently Asked Coin Questions
Cleaning Coins
Hope it helps,
Lawrence Chard
Q
What is the best way to obtain values on Roman Coins? We have identified some of the Roman Emporers via your site - and would like to research further.
Bill B., Florida, USA
A
There is an excellent book "Roman Coins & Their Values", it (4th edition) has been out of print for about a year, but is just being reprinted, and split into 2 volumes, as a new 5th edition.
We are waiting for Volume One to arrive any day now. It is priced, from memory at £40. Volume Two is expected "later this year" but we will believe this when we see it.
Regrettably we sold our old 4th edition just as the book went out of print, which is really frustrating as our 3rd edition is nearly 20 years old (and not for sale).
We would be happy to accept an order for V5 at £40 post free, or you could ask your local library.
You could also look at our "Value of my Coin" page, which contains general advice.
Hope this helps.
Lawrence Chard
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Mintmarks Enquiry
can you tell me about Brittaniarium Rex
Richard G., England
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Yes, you have mis-spelt it. Other than that we do not understand your enquiry.
Q
I have a UK pound coin with the date 1993 and the lion rampant on the obverse. The wording around the edge is "DECUS ET TUTAMEN". I think that the 1993 pound coin should have the coat of arms on it. Is this coin a known variety or a clumy forgery?
Tony Garten, UK
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Is this coin a known variety - no.
or a clumy forgery? possibly, we but can't tell without seeing it.
You don't say which part of the UK you are in, so I can't suggest where you might get it checked, except you could read our "Value of my Coin" page.

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how much is a silver proof piedfort
two pound world rugby cup coin 1999 worth?
Sandip K., Gloucester, UK
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Dear Sandip,
We received 5 enquiries from you, it's only necessary to press the "send" button once.
You don't say what you mean by "worth", do you want to buy a silver proof of the silver proof piedfort, or to sell one, or were you just wanting to know an approximate price out of passing interest.
If you look on the page you were on, there is a link to a page called:-
"£2 Values" which contains information, mintage figures, specification,s and catalogue prices for all the recent (1986 -) £2 coins.
We don't have the silver versions in stock, but could probably get them for you if you wish.
Q
how much is the silver proof 1999
world rugby cup two pound coin worth?
Sandip K., Gloucester, UK
A
See above.
Q
Hi there,
Just a quick question really. Are you aware of any 2pound coins where the center section has been cast the wrong way round?
I have one in my collection where the center is reversed. It's almost as though somwone has punched out the middle, turned it around and re-inserted it into the outer ring. However, there are no marks on it to prove this is the case, and the center is exactly aligned (albeit reversed) to a "normal" coin.
Regards, Rob.
"Only two things are infinite,
the universe and human stupidity,

and I'm not sure about the former."
-- Albert Einstein
A
Dear Rob,
When we saw the header on your e-mail, we groaned and said "Oh, no, not another!" about half the enquiries we get some days are about people who have found "rare" or "valuable" £2 coins.
But...
Yours is the first time we have been asked about a transposed centre section. Because of the production method, it is not possible for this to happen, therefore we can be quite certain that the coin you have has been tampered with.
Incidentally, coins are not cast, but struck.
The Royal Mint's website has an interesting page which shows how the £2 bi-metallic coins are struck. If you go to http://www.royalmint.com, then click on "About Us", "How We Make Coins", £2 Coins, you will see why it is impossible.
P.S. We like the Einstein quote.


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Pound Coin Silver Proof Enquiry!
Are the pound coins where the Queen is wearing a necklace worth any more than £1.00! They seem to be few and far between.
Gillian D. UK
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Dear Gillian, It had to happen! We get hundreds of enquiries every week asking about "necklet" £2 coins, we suppose it was only a matter of time before someone decided to ask about "necklet" £1 coins. Eventually, we obviously will get asked about "necklet" pennies, twopences, fivepences, tenpences, twenty pences, and fifty pences. We presume that you only looked at one page of our site. If you had clicked on the large button near the top right hand corner marked "Pounds", you would have found our "Pound Coins Index Page", this in turn links to another 6 pages about various pound coins, and a page "I've Found An Old Coin, What's It Worth?" which would have been worth your while reading.
If you had clicked on the "Home" button, you would also have found that we have an information section, which contain a "Frequently Asked Coin Questions" section. This section contains many pages, the results of many hours of work. We do this partly as an unpaid public information service, partly so people can find out for themselves without needing to ask us. Of course it's easier to just ask rather than take the trouble of finding for yourself the answer which we have already supplied.
If you look at our "Mintage Figures" page, you will find that there were 1,433,775,289 One Pound coins minted from 1983 to 1997 inclusive, 1983 and 1984 (589,310,011) use the "Decimal" portrait, then from 1865 onward all 844,465,278 of the rest feature the "Third Portrait" which as you say shows the Queen wearing a necklet. This works out at about 15 for every person in the UK. If you assume that 1 person in 100 collects coins, that makes 1,500 for each collector. If the number of collectors is only 1 in 1,000, then that makes it 15,000 coins per collector, assuming that all coin collectors collect pound coins, which most probably do not! Only coins struck from 1998 onwards have the "Fourth Portrait", so we do not know where you have been looking for your pound coins.
In fact, I was so curious that I did a quick, rather unscientific, check by looking in my own pockets. Out of 8 pound coins, 2 were "Decimal" portrait, 6 were "Third (necklet) portrait, and 0 were Fourth portrait.
I can't imagine any collector wanting to pay over £1 for any £1 coin taken from circulation when he could find it for himself, can you? If a collector was willing to pay over £1 for a pound coin, surely he would prefer to buy a mint condition specimen, such as the ones the Royal Mint originally issued, and which we still sell at £5 or £6 each. These "specimen" versions are actually better the "mint" condition. Ordinary coins, mass produced for circulation, acquire bag marks and scratches as they are fed through hoppers into bins, and then bagged up for distribution to banks. Specimen coins are uncirculated coins produced on specially adapted machines, the struck coins are fed into a slot arrangement, so that they only touch each other by the edge, and are then individually examined for defects before packing into sealed folders.
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1887 Gold £2 - Enquiry
Sent e-mail to you with incorrect information! What I need to know is if the £2.00 coin, that shows the Queen with a necklace on, is worth any more than the normal. They seem to be fairly rare.
Gillian D. UK
A
Now you realise you asked the wrong question!
And you still have not bothered to find the information we spent hours providing for you.
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£2 Pieces Story - Enquiry
I have recently been told that the 1996 football edition £2 pound piece is worth around £750.Is this true?
Jamie, UK
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Dear Jamie,
Yes of course it's true, and because I really like you, and I am such an incredibly nice guy, I will let you into a secret...
Our sales department are pretty stupid, and they have not yet realised how valuable they are. They are still selling them at only £6 each! Not just ordinary, tatty condition ones out of change, by the way, with scratches and marks all over them, but really super condition, uncirculated "Specimen" versions, in an attractive and informative folder produced by the Royal Mint. They have got just 80 left, so if you send us 80 x £6 = £480, you will get the lot. Just think, you will be able to sell them for 80 x £750 = £60,000.
Lawrence Chard
P.S.
Don't forget to cut me in for a small proportion of the profits!
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£2 Rumour! How much are the two pound coins with a necklace worth and where ca we sell them
Thank You
James Owen, England
A
We can't believe it!
The page you e-mailed us from contains the answer to your question.
Q
I have heard a rumour that a particular current pound coin has become rare and thus more valuable. It is the one with the simple unsupported arms/shield. I handle a lot of coins in the course of business and have noticed these rarely appear. Is this another urban myth?
Paul C., England
A
Oh, No!
Don't tell us somebody has started a "One Pound" rumour to match the "Two Pound" rumour.
Or has the old rumour evolved?
The pound coin you are referring to is the 1988 issue. If you take a look on our "Mintage Figures" page, you will find that there were 7,118,825 issued, which hardly makes them rare. OK, compared with 1,433,775,289,000 pound coins issued so far in total from 1983 to 1987, then 7 million isn't very many, only 0.5%.
We still have a stock of 1988 "Specimen" pound coins, i.e. extra carefully minted and handled uncirculated, in attractive and informative folders at £5 each (there were 29,550 specimens issued). Nothing in lower grade is likely to be worth keeping.
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£2 Pieces Story - Enquiry
Hello. i have heard numberour rumors surrounding 2 pound coins. one is that the gold, and silver - barss version is worth £40. is this true? i have also heard £2 coins where the queen is / isnt wearing a pearl neckalace are worth different value. can you please clear these rumors up.
Thank you for any asstiance recieved.
John A. England

A
The answer is on the page you were viewing.
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I have a 1997 £2 coin with the queen in a youthfull picture and she is wearing a kneckles. Is it of any value?
Simon, Watford
A
Dear Simon,
Congratulations on inventing another new spelling of necklet or necklace!
The answer to your question is on our web site already, it's not difficult to find.

Our reply received this response:-
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Simon, if you are reading this, it sounds like you entered your e-mail address wrongly.


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Diana Crown Enquiry!
I just want to ask that in England is their a coin dedicated to Diana ?
Erin, New York, USA
A
Dear Erin, The form you used to send your enquiry was on our "Princess Diana Crown" page. It shows photographs of the Princess Diana Commemorative crown, and information about it.
Q
Is a two pound coin with a necklace on the queens head worth more then its value?
Thank you very much
Ricki Patel, Leicestershire
A
Dear Ricki, Yes this is an extremely valuable coin. As you will note if you read our "£2 Coin Necklet Rumour" page, the queen is usually shown wearing the necklet around her neck.
Q
Whats the rumour and what are they worth?
Ricki Patel, Leicestershire
A
Dear Ricky,
As our previous reply said:-
Read the "£2 Coin Necklet Rumour" page on our web site.
It is not too difficult to find!
Q
why is the inscription on uk coins in french language
m. watson, uk
A
Dear M.,
Your question is somewhat cryptic.
Most inscriptions on British coins are in Latin.
There are a few British coins which have inscriptions in other languages, English and Welsh spring to mind.
Is there a particular coin you have in mind?
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£2 Pieces Story - Enquiry
HOW MUCH ARE THE TWO POUND COIN WORTH AND WHERE WOULD I BE ABLE TO SELL IT
MARK BENNETT
A
Dear Mark,
You e-mailed us from our "£2 Pieces Story" page. The answer to your question is on that page.
I don't know what they teach you at South Cheshire College!
Q
dear sir,
i am enclosing herewith the duly attached file for your ready reference. this is regarding images of 4 coins which i am interested in selling. if you are interested in purchaseing the same you are requested to send me offer and other terms and condition, which will enable me to take further action in this regard.
regards
k j gohel
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Dear Mr. Gohel,
It is not good internet or e-mail manners to send people you do not know, a picture file of approximately 1 megabyte, without at least asking their permission first.
To send it out to 10 different people is 10 times worse.
Many people quite rightly prefer not to open e-mail attachments for fear of virus infections.
Actually we risked truing to open you file, but could not do so. We do not know what application supports the file type you sent, so are unable to view it in any case.
It appears you got our e-mail address from British Coin Dealers Directory at www.numis.co.uk. On that site there is an advice page, suggesting ways of obtaining appraisals, identification, and valuations of coins:-
http://www.numis.co.uk/coinidentifyvalue.html
It would have paid you to read that page first.
We also have a similar page on our site, www.24carat.co.uk which gives similar advice.
Are you aware that it can be very frustrating waiting 5 or 10 minutes for a single e-mail to download, and are you also aware that most dealers in Britain have to pay for their telephone connection time to download your files. If you have coins which a dealer wished to buy, he may well change his mind or his price in view of your discourtesy.
Later today, we will send you a further copy of this letter with your original attachment, and you can see how long it takes to download. We hope you have a fast connection.
You may also note that we have sent a copy of this letter to all the other dealers to whom you originally circulated a copy.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
On your coin index page is shown a very beautiful gold coin...what is it...is it for sale...please advise
D.H., California
A
Dear Dick,
If you hold your mouse over the picture, you would be able to read the tag we placed on the picture, which reads "Obverse of Gold Aureus of the Infamous Roman Emperor Nero".
To see details of the coin, you would need to click the
Ancient Coins link, followed by the
Ancient Roman Gold Aureus of Nero link
On this page you will find a photograph of the reverse of the coin, and also a further link to a page containing larger pictures (640 x 480 pixels), of both sides.
We agree it's a beautiful coin, and we were lucky enough to have excellent lighting, daylight, on the day we photographed it, so that the photo also is excellent, especially considering the limitations of our digital camera.
Unfortunately it is now sold, but if you like, we can let you know when we next obtain such an excellent specimen.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Please can you inform me how many of the 1999 £2 coins with the rugby ball were minted?
Neil P., England
A
Dear Neil,
Sorry for the delay in replying, the answer is now on our site.
Q
Please advise if you are interested in this coin. Images attached
Yours faithfully
Philip Smith
Picture Attachments:(2)
A
Dear Neil,
It is not really very good internet manners to send anybody 2 large picture files without asking the person first!
They took about 5 to 10 minutes to download, and I was trying to get some work down at the time! You didn't even crop them to save space!
You could have taken the time and trouble to read some of our pages first, especially our page "I've found an old coin, what's it worth" page, which deals with selfish thoughtless people like you who think nobody else has anything better to do than give free valuations to you.
If anyone reading this gets the impression that I'm annoyed, they are right.
Only great restraint stopped me from publishing your surname and e-mail address here.
Q
is it true that a two pound coin with the queens head about 20 years younger than she is today is worth about £20. Neil I., UK
A
Dear Neil,
Yes indeed, we would snatch your hand off to buy a 1980 £2 coin for £20!
Lawrence Chard

Maybe I should have read your history of the £2 coin before I sent the last e-mail sorry to waste your time, NEIL.cheers.
Yes Lawrence, Point taken!.
Dear Neil,
That's OK, but you are now on our "questions they ask us page".
We preserved your anonymity!
LC


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are there any guided tours of the British Royal Mint available?
or special tours which are arranged for coin collectors or can be arranged privately? my father in law is a long time coin collector and is due for retirement in april, therefore we would like to arrange something such as the above as a gift.
also, can you buy coins ie: krugers/sovereigns directly from the royal mint.
many thanks, sarah c., England
A
Dear Sarah,
Your enquiry made me realise I had started to add a few more paragraphs to our "Royal Mint" page, and got interrupted part way through.
I have now added most of the information you want if you would care to revisit our page.
Visits:-
For the general public, forget it, we have orders with them this year for about £500,000 and I was not sure I could get a trip round!
Buying direct:-
You can buy certain products direct from them, but we are usually more competitive, e.g. year 2000 sovereigns, RM price £69.95, our price £65, 10 pieces at £59 each.
We are still more competitive than the Mint on quantities up to 10,000 sovereigns.
If you do decide to visit, make sure you get the correct Llantrisant!
Hope this information is helpful.
Lawrence Chard
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I've got 4 different kinds of pound coins: one has the Scottish thistle, one has the Welsh leek, but how about the others: a depiction of a tree (the oak tree Charles II hid in???) and the three (sort of) lions??? Are there still other possible coinages?
Love to get an early reply.
Thanks in advance!
Denise M., Belgium
A
Dear Denise, You were looking at our "Pound Coins - Silver Proofs" page, which actually lists many different types, but if you had clicked the "Pounds" button, you would have found our "Pound Coins Index" page, which links you to other pages, including The Story of The One Pound Coin, this page features photographs of eight different reverse types of pound coins.
This should give you more information, and we intend to add more to the page eventually.
Q
I have heard that the two pound coin with the portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth II , wairing a pearl necklace is worth more that the tender price of two pounds , is this correct? if so , can you please piont me in the right diredtion of where i might sell such coins ?
Yours Hopefully,
Wayne Reid.
A
Dear Wayne, Read the pages on our site!
Q
COULD YOU TELL ME IF THIER IS ANY VALUE IN THE 1997 2POUND COIN WITH THE NECKLACE AROUND THE QUEENS NECK
THOMAS T., MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
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Dear Thomas,
No, it's only valuable if she is wearing it around her ankle!
Our apologies for the facetious reply, but when we get about 10 similar enquiries per day, it gets a little tedious sending everyone the same old reply, which is that the information is already on our site, and quite easy to find if you try (about 150 people found it this week!).
By the way, there is no need to shout, it gives us a headache!
Q
Proof Silver £2 1994
Proof 1998 Football £2
1993 £1 proof Alderney
1997 £1 silver proof Gurnsey
Values please
Thank you for your great site
R. Wynne, Ireland
A
Dear Mr. Wynne, Thanks for your kind comments about our site. We spend a lot of time trying to make our site interesting and informative, not only for customers, but also for the general public. We don't mind spending several hours writing a page which will be read by thousands of people. We are sorry that we do not have the time or resources to give individual answers or free valuations. Take a look at our "Value of my Coin" page.
Q
Hello,
I don't know if this will be relevant to you, but, I have a £2 Coin dated 1986 & I thought it was a bit funny as they (The £2 Coin) have only been out for about 2-3 years.
Could you please Get Back to me with any details about it.
Mark McN., Glasgow
A
Dear Mark, If you read our page "The Story of the £2 Piece", you will learn that £2 coins have been issued since the days of Henry VII in about 1487.
Base metal ones have only been issued since 1986, when 8,212,184 were issued. Information about them is also on the same page of our web site.
Q
I heard a rumour that 250,000 Rugby World Cup commemorative £2 coins were stolen from the Royal Mint, all of which were subsequently recalled and the commemorative issue then cancelled. Is there any truth to this or is it another urban myth? As you may have guessed, I only ask because I have one.
Rob Hunt, England
A
Dear Rob, We very much doubt that anybody would manage to steal 250,000 coins from the Royal Mint, it is a very secure factory! We certainly have not heard of such a loss, of course, coins do get stolen from elsewhere.
If all the 1996 £2 coins were recalled, you couldn't possibly have one, could you? Therefore this rumour, like the "necklet" one, is untrue. We have also noticed some of them in circulation.
We are currently waiting for the Royal Mint to publish their statistics for the 1999 coin issues, but we expect this issue to have been many millions, in addition to all the varieties of the same coin produced for sale to collectors.
Q
Is there any value in the commemorative £2 coins (both "solid", and bi-metal).
ALSO, i read in the SUN that there was one (only one) £2 in circulation, that had the letter I missing from "GIANTS", from around the edge of the coin. Could you tell me if this is true, and how much is one of these coins worth??
Thankyou in advance
Marcel B., UK
A
Dear Marcel, Sure, we pay at least £2 each for them! Try reading our "Questions They Ask Us" page, or the rest of our pages about £2 coins.
I wish you would give us the date of the Sun issue, then we could see exactly what they said. Better still, send us the cutting.
If you have quoted them accurately, you may try asking yourself how they would know.
Do you think the Royal Mint would make one odd coin out of a batch of over 100 million?
Why only one?
If they did, why?, and why would they let it out into circulation?
Why would they tell the Sun newspaper?
None of it would make any sense!
As to the value of such a hypothetical coin, why don't you ask the Sun newspaper to tell you its value, I'm sure they could invent something!
Don't believe everything you read in newspapers.
Don't believe everything you read in The Sun.
Should you believe anything you read in The Sun?
Q
I have recently inherited a £2.00 Euro 96 coin and was wondering if it was worth as much as i have benn told it is? Please could u help
Joe, Oxfordshire
A
Dear Joe, How much were you told it was worth?
Q
I was wondering whaich two pound coin has the words "standing on the shoulders os giants" on the side.
Thanks.
Linda Lee, Canada
A
Dear Linda, You were reading our "Story of the £2 Piece" page. If you clicked back to the "£2 Index" page, you would find a list of different £2 coins which you could try reading until you find the correct one. Actually you don't have to read them all, just try using the "edit - search" option on your browser for "shoulder". The information also appears on our "Coin Inscriptions" page. Another great way to find this information is to search using Alta Vista for +"standing on the shoulders of giants" +"two pound coin", which turns up our page in the first 10 results. You could also use Canada.com, but this only finds us if you put an "s" on the end of "coin".
Q
how much do they cost to make?
Daniel S., London
A
Dear Daniel, We know you were reading our "£2 Pieces Story" page, but how much do what cost to make?
Q
I have a rugby two pound coin, made from base metal..is it worth anything??
Cheers!
Martin K., England
A
Dear Martin,
Read our "Story of the £2 Piece" page, or see the previous answer on our "Questions They Ask Us" page.
Q
i have a two pound end of world war11 coin i think it is gold, well it certainly looks gold and i was wondering if it is of any value
Lorraine W., Northern Ireland
A
Dear Lorraine,
Your coin is probably nickel-brass rather than gold.
(Enclosed our standard £2 coins reply)
Q
Please could you tell me if a 2pound coin with the queen wearing both earrings and a necklace is rare and worth more than 2 pound,and if this is true where could you take it.
Mrs. S. Bowen, Flintshire
A
Dear Mrs Bowen,
Only if she is wearing one pearl and one diamond ear-ring. If they are both the same, either both diamonds or both pearls, then you should read our page all about the £2 coin rumour. You stopped when you found our "Coin Inscriptions" page.

Q
Could you please tell me if there is going to be any new £2 coins comming out.
Thankyou
Mark, England, March 4th, 2000
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Dear Mark, Yes we are sure there will be new £2 coins being issued every year. There are, of course some in the year 2000 coin sets. They are the, by now, definitive design as on the 1997 issue. If you meant, any new designs of £2 coin, we do not know of any imminent plans to issue any new designs, but as there have been 9 different reverse designs produced in the 15 years from 1986, we expect that there will be commemorative versions issued in many future years. We hope this answers your question.
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I have amonst various £2.00 coins a '10th European championship' coin which is not listed in your £2.00 coin information list. The minting date is 1996, can you tell me anything about it?
Secondly for those of us with coins on your list are they worth more than their face value?
James S., Dorset
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Dear James, Our list you refer to is not an "information" list, but a "for sale" list, although it is true that we try to include as much general information as possible, to make our site interesting and informative both for our clients and the general public.
There are several reasons for us not listing a particular item, the first being that we might have only a small stock, or none, of the piece. the second and more likely reason is that we have not yet had time to get round to listing the particular item. As less than 5% of our stock is currently listed on our web sites, the second reason is always the most likely.
If you read our "Story of the £2 Piece" page, you will see that we mention the 1996 coin.
Apart from the fact that the nickel-brass coins were rather heavy and unpopular, there is no reason to believe that the 1996 coin is rare or valuable. The Royal Mint's issue figure for it was 5,141,350 excluding special editions for sale to collectors.
Most of the modern coins we list are special editions for sale to collectors, and as such are superior to the ordinary coins struck for circulation, even when such coins are obtained uncirculated straight from the banks, as new. A collector would only want the ordinary issue if he could not afford the superior specimen version. It is extremely unlikely that any collector would pay a premium price for any modern coin which was in less than mint condition.
Even if you kept circulated coins for fifty years, it is unlikely that they would become desirable to collectors or dealers.

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I have read with interest the facts and the myths of the "rare" coin, However is it not the case that when the coin with this portrait was first minted the majority of the vending machines at the time had problems accepting the coin, thus leading to a delay in circulating them fully, my understanding is that there are only c1m of this particular design, whereas there are many millions of the later coins with the more familiar design.
Truth or Fiction??
I would like to know as iI am about to bank 195 of these coins and as the banks do not need the revenue that a 'rare' coin would realise, I would not mind. Still on the bright side I have at least saved £390.00.
Many thanks in anticipation,
James S., Christchurch
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Dear James,
I think the fact that you have managed to find 195 of them answers your own question, however I recently asked the Royal Mint for the actual mintage and issue figures for the 1997 £2 coins, which was 13,734,625. We have placed a more complete answer on our "rumour" page.
Do you realise that if you could acquire the other 13,734,430 of them, you could corner the market, but this would require £27.5 million assuming the price didn't start going up when you got partway. For only £16.25 million, you could corner the market on year 2000 gold sovereigns (at our single price of £65), and if you took advantage of our bulk buying prices you would only need about £12.5 million. I know which coin I would prefer to corner the market in!
Regards, Lawrence Chard
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What is the significance of the inscription engraved on the edge of £2 coins "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants"? Is this from Coleridge: "The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant's shoulder to mount on"? Why should this be on the £2 coin?
John B., UK
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Dear John,
You were 1 click away from the answer.
From the page you were on, click "1997 First Bimetallic Issue" and all will be revealed. Regards,
Lawrence Chard
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I am interested in gold bullion coins, particularly Canadian Maple leaf coins. You web site did not indicate that you could supply these Canadian coins or even the American Eagle sets either.
Can i obtain Canadian Gold Maple leaf and or Platinum and Silver Coins from yourselves or do i have to go to a US or Canadian Source.
Thank you
Baz. M.
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Dear Barry. You do not say where you are from, but I will assume it is the UK.
As you will know if you have read some of the information on our site, gold coins only became exempt from VAT on January 1st 2000. They have been subject to VAT since 1973. Because of this, it is taking us some time to establish supplies of many of the "other" bullion gold coins at the right price and in sensible quantities, which is why we do not currently have them listed.
If you are looking at gold for an investment, we believe either krugerrands or sovereigns offer the best value.
We do not intend to offer platinum bullion coins because they remain subject to VAT, as do silver bullion coins. Additionally silver bullion coins sell at many time their intrinsic value.
Did you look at our Tax Free Gold web site? It is linked from our front page, and from many of our gold coin pages.
Hope this helps,
Lawrence Chard
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are the two pound coins with a necklace on the queens neck worth more than without a necklace?
are the rugby union coins worth more?
E.F., UK
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Dear Ellen,
Thank you for your enquiry. We have a page on our website https://24carat.co.uk which tells you all you will need to know about the £2 coins.
From our front page, click
"Products Catalogue"
Coins Index
Two Pound Pieces
The Story of the £2 Piece
Please take a look at this page.
Because we still get e-mails from people viewing our
Two Pound Pieces
page, we have made it even easier for you, by creating an extra page linked from it, called
"Necklace" Rumour.
Any other coins you find in your change are unlikely to be valuable, because they will not be mint condition. Collectors understandably tend to prefer to get their coins in perfect condition, untouched by human hand, especially if they are paying more than face value for them, otherwise they would probably prefer to find their own at face value, wouldn't you?
Regards, Lawrence Chard
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Dear Sir or Madam,
You may like to add to your articles that there is now a two pound coin in general circulation once again.
Yours faithfully,
D. P.
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Dear David,
Thanks for your comment.
You do not specify which of our pages you were looking at, but we are not aware that we give the impression anywhere on our site that £2 coins are not in circulation. In fact, if you take a look at our page:-
https://24carat.co.uk/twopoundsstory.html
You will find it states:-
"In Circulation - At Last
From 1997, a new bi-metal two pound coin has been produced, which seems to have become quite widely accepted in circulation. Although it retains the same diameter, it is thinner and lighter, weighing only 12.0 grams, and this appears to have contributed to its popularity. It now looks set to become a common sight in our change after only just over 500 years!"
Regards,
Lawrence Chard
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Where does the quotation about "shoulders of giants" around the edge come from?
P. J., UK
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Dear Philip,
You were on our "1986 £2 Coin" page before you e-mailed us, if you had looked at our 1997 £2 coin page you would have found out, similarly if you had looked at our "Coin Inscriptions" page.
If you search Alta Vista for "shoulders of giants" it returns 4006 matches, but searching for "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants" produces only 1376 pages, of which http://www.win-uk.net/~jherbert/giants.html was very informative, telling us:-
A guestbook entry from Alan Williams quotes the Oxford Dictionary (of Quotations?) as crediting Bernard of Chartes with the first usage of "on the shoulders of giants" in about 1130.
If you search for:-
+"standing on the shoulders of giants" +coins
you will only get 14 pages, one of which is ours.

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I have a collection called "United Kingdom Uncirculated Coin Collection 1983" from the Royal Mint. It is in it's original packaging, and includes the one pound coin, as well as a 1/2, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 pence coin. They are sealed and in absolutley perfect condition, never touched.
Love to know if they have any significant value. thank you for your time...
Bob S., Ohio, USA.
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Dear Bob,
If you take a look at the British Coin Sets page on our site, you will find our asking price for this item,
Regards, Lawrence Chard
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Good day. I suggest including more coin-related terminology in your table of terms, such as "Unc" which is used occasionally at your site when discussing grading/pricing of particular coins. I don't know what "Unc" means, but am guessing "Uncirculated"--is that correct?
Christopher
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Dear Christopher,
We already do. It's on our "Coin Grading" page, which you can find by going:- https://24carat.co.uk
then click:-
information
frequently asked coin questions.
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Dear sir/madem
I have a George V 1913 gold half sovereign minted in Ottawa. I have a coin book that was printed in 1996,in the book theres a gold sovereign minted in Ottawa, which is worth £350.00 in extra fine condition.But theres no George V 1913 gold half sovereign minted in Ottawa,so could you tell me how much it is worth.
from J. R., England
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Dear Jack,
As you already appear to know that no half sovereigns were produced at the Ottawa mint, what makes you think that the half sovereign you have is one from the Ottawa mint?
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
How many old pennies make up a florin?
N.H., London
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The answer is usual is already available on our site.
From our information page, click:-
frequently asked coin questions,
British Coin Denominations. What is a Groat, etc.
Then look at florins.
Q
Hi,
I wonder if you can help me. I am trying to find out which British coin has/had the insciption "What's past is prologue".
I would be grateful for your help
Thanks,
Tony,
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Dear Tony,
Please take a look at our "Coin Inscriptions" page.
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Dear sir.
I have been given a 2 pound coin which i been told is worth more than 2 pounds. I wonder if you could let me know if it is correct.
The coin has a dove of peace on one side with the words (in peace goodwill 1995 +1945 )on the edge. It is all gold and the queen has a neckless on. I would appreciate your comments.
yours P. h., England
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Dear Philip,
Please take a look at our pages about £2 coins.
Q
Any likelihood of introducing on-line ordering?
Colin, Coventry
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Dear Colin,
Yes certainly!
When once we get over 50% of our products online instead of under 5%, we will be trying to move to online ordering.
Naturally when we do that, we would want our system to be able to perform a stock check, raise an invoice, and charge your credit card.
Is it jewellery or coins you were interested in?
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
I would like to purchase a 1961, 1962, and a 1972 Proof set. But can not find how to do it on your website.
Mykul, Ca, USA
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Dear Mykul,
Sorry, we have been so busy just trying to build our site content as quickly as possible.
It now has about 2000 hours invested in it.
We just haven't had time to put order forms in place for all our pages.
Just a brief note of what's wanted, with a cheque, and your address is sufficient, and of course, we have our name and address on all, I hope, of our pages.
The good news is we finally got round to creating "Coin Sets" order forms, not only for the UK, but also for the USA. Just click the appropriate link on the page you were at.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
when will the millennium crown be availible to the public at local bank if they wish to stock it , or can i get the crown from you at face value ?? .
Thanks in advance
Jim C., UK, December 1999
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Dear Jim, Since last June! You should ask your bank.
When the coins were first announced, it was stated that they would be available from banks and post offices.
If your bank does not have any, it's probably because they aren't making any money on the deal.
We were offering to supply advance orders at face value before June, but have now stopped.
Some people actually complained about marks on them!
The specimen in folder is so superior that we most people prefer it rather than the ordinary Uncirculated.
If we sell the ordinary one at face value, we lose money, we have staff to pay, many other expenses, and we can barely keep up with paying enquiries as it is.
Hope this helps.
Lawrence Chard
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What Henry VIII's shilling known as? Does it have a particular nick-name? (Other than "bob" which was the common name for a shilling generally.)
Alisdair, England
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You are possibly thinking of a "testoon". This was the first shilling ever issued, in about 1487, during the reign not of Henry VIII, but of his father Henry VII, who created major improvements in British coinage.
It was called a testoon after the Italian "testa" meaning head, because it featured a particularly fine portrait of the king's head.
Testoons were also issued, in larger quantities, for Henry VIII.
After his reign, although shillings continued to be produced, they were no longer referred to as testoons.
There is an old but faintly humorous story about the old lady who informed a dealer that she was in possession of one of Henry VIII's testoons, and that it was very well preserved, to which the dealer replied that he would be interested in buying it because he already owned the other one.
I am enquiring about a coin dated 1780 with what looks like cryptic writing on the front: R.IMP.HU.BO.REG (imprint of a woman) M.THERESIAD.G
On the back: BURG.CO.TYR.1780.x (imprint of a coat of arms) ARCHID.AVST.DUX
There is also a great amount of detail along the edge of the coin, with the words CLEMENTIA and TUSTITIA
Lori S., W.V., USA
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What you have is a Thaler (Dollar) of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresia.
It may surprise you to learn that it was not minted in 1780. Although, as opposed to newspapers, you can generally believe what you read on a coin, in this case, you can't.
The original and genuine thalers of Maria Theresia were struck from 1740 to 1779. If yours had been dated in this period, it may have been authentic. All the thalers dated 1789 were struck later.
They were for many years a commonly used trade coin in parts of the Middle East, and have been struck by many different mints. As far as I know, the Austrian mint in Vienna still produce and sell them. From this you will guess that they are of little value. Some years ago, our company used to sell them at about £1 ($1.65 US) in uncirculated condition, and a proof version for about £1.50 ($2.50 US).
Our selling price now would be about £5 to £10.
Sorry about the last message; that was intended for my office mate who researched the coin for me. At any rate, though, thank you for your response!
Lori
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I'm sorry to bother you but I've tried and tried to find info on your site re £2 coins with Queen wearing a necklace! I even found a reference to it in 'the things you ask us' but I still can't find anything else!
Please forgive me if I am just being stupid! (PS I don't have the coin myself, a colleague does, and I promised to try and find out for her!)
Thanks, Maddie, UK
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Dear Maddie,
We are sorry you couldn't find the page you were looking for on our site.
We actually expend quite a lot of thought and effort trying to make it easy to navigate, and crosslinking various pages.
Here's how to find the pages about £2 coins:-
Reload our site:-
www.24carat.co.uk
click the button marked "Products Catalogue"
the the link "Coins Index"
then Two Pound Pieces
and The Story of the £2 Piece
This should tell you everything you need to know about it, except the name of the idiot who started the rumour.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
For anyone reading this page, and looking for the same information, use this link The Story of the £2 Piece
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1820 Georgius III "Crown" Reverse. Man on horse with sword. Condition - Good Looking for an estimated value. Regards Alistair N, Scotland
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Dear Alistair,
Almost every one of our coins for sale pages contains the following paragraph:-
If you want to find the value of a coin you own, please take a look at our page I've Found An Old Coin, What's It Worth?
Regards, Lawrence Chard
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Dear Sirs/Madams:
I would like to enquiry about the worth of the following three coins:
1. A ten Reichpfenning piece from 1941.
2. A copper Chinese Tai-Ching-Ti- Kuo.
3. A fifty pence piece from the Falklands Islands. This coin was minted to celebrate the liberation of the islands on June 14th, 1982. Big coin; 3,7 mm in diameter.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH IN ADVANCE!
Marcelo Kogan, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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Dear Marcelo,
Please read the "I've Found an Old Coin. What's It Worth?" page.
There is a link to it from the page you were on.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
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simply the two pound coin with the queen sporting a necklet is it of any more value thank you

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Dear Terry,
All the information you need is already on the pages of our website, on or linked from the page you were at.
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1911 British George coin:
What is it called? approximate value or price for circulated or sort of good condition but not extremely good condition. Coin is stamped 1911 D.G. Britt: OMN:KEX F.D. IND.IMP 00 ? GEORG IVS
W.F., Illinois, USA
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Dear Wynn, Near the bottom of the page from which you mailed this enquiry is a link to another of our pages:- Value of my Coin. What's it Worth? Regards, Lawrence Chard
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i have a 2 pound coin dated from 1986,could you please send me in formation or please tell the value of this coin
thanks
nick, UK
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See next question.
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I have a 1986 CommonWealth £2 coin.
It is "goldy" coloured otherwise the same design as the one on your web page.
Is this the same as the one in the picture and is it worth the same amount?
Many thanks
S. I., United Kingdom
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Dear Steve, The coin we illustrated on our web page is made of nickel-brass, and is therefore also a "goldy" colour. The colour our coin appears to you will depend partly on your monitor. Our "About Our Site" page tells all about the digital camera we use, and the fact that accurate colour reproduction is difficult. To give you an idea of this, the background we use for most of our coins photographs is white. The fact that it appears to be different shades of blue, or sometimes gold, is because our "intelligent" camera tries to adjust its output to allow for the colour of light used. It will be the same coin as ours, except that:- Yours will probably have been in circulation, and collected wear, scratches, fingerprints, etc. Ours is not only Uncirculated, but is also a "Specimen", a specially struck and selected coin, without any marks, untouched by human hand. When it was produced by the Royal Mint, it will have been singly ejected onto a rubber conveyor belt instead of a metal skip with thousands of other identical coins. Each Specimen coin is individually checked for defects before being packaged. Ours is packaged in an attractive display folder, designed and produced by the Royal Mint to prevent the coin from being accidentally handled or damaged, to maintain its perfect mint state. Our price includes an element of VAT, and we also like to make a profit on the coins we sell to pay for the service we provide. The value of anything is what somebody else is prepared to pay. Most collectors would prefer to pay extra for perfect examples rather than (even slightly) imperfect ones. You will be able to guess from this that your coin is unlikely to be "worth" as much as ours, however if you manage to find a buyer prepared to pay more for it, then you can always set up in business buying coins from us and reselling them at profit. Hope this helps. Lawrence Chard
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What is the correct name for the edge of coins that have "ridges"? ex: the US quarter has a ridged edge. What is this edge called?
G. R., Pa, USA
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Milled (or grained or reeded)
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I have got a "Half Penny" coin dated 1905.
On one side of the coin is showing "Edwards VII Dei Gra:Britt: omn:rex fit:def:ind:imp:
I just wnat to know the real value of that coin.
Kind regards
Marcos Paulo

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Dear Marcos,
Take a look at out page:-
Information
Frequently Asked Coin Questions
I've Found an Old Coin. What's It Worth?
Regards,
Lawrence Chard
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(From our "1900 Sixpence" page)
I HAVE THE SAME COIN BUT IT IS A ONE PENNY ON THE FRONT WITH A ROMAN GUY SITTING IN A CHAIR AND THE QUEEN VICTORIA ON THE BACK 1896
Adam M., TX, USA
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How do you answer that?
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Enquiry begins:: How much are the £2.00 coins worth with the Queen wearing a neckelace Andrew M., England
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Dear Andrew,
We have already provided an answer to your question on our site:- www.24carat.co.uk
Just click:- Products - Coins - Two Pounds
Regards,
Lawrence Chard
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I would like to know the value of a 1857 Gold Sovereign with Victoria Youg Head / Sheild reverse in very good condition. Also I would like to know the weight of the coin.
Thank You- Jack McP., Indiana, USA
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Dear Jack, There are similar coins listed for sale on our site, you can see how much we are asking for them.
There is also a page with technical specifications of sovereigns listed, including weight.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
Lawrence
Perhaps my head is not working but I am still confused. If your airmail shipping is $10, then the coin price is $50.45. What is the extra $2 charge? That makes a total of $12 to ship airmail.
Also, will you accept my credit card in lieu of a check. This would allow me to take advantage of the prevailing exchange rate. In my travels I found that to usually be to my advantage because of the fluctuations in rates. If you agree, then when I desire a coin, quote me the itemized cost of the coin and also the charge for shipping, all in pounds, instead of having me write a check in dollars.
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Dear Fred,
We show our prices the way we do to make life easier for our customers, and us.
Lets take an item where the price difference between surface mail and airmail works out on our order form at $10, plus the $2 handling - not shipping - charge.
This is because the surface mail rates work out quite evenly, each item costs us, say $3. To sen 1 item costs $3, to send 2 items costs $6, etc.
With airmail we find that the rates are $2 less per extra item, e.g.
1 item might cost $15 ($12 more than surface) to send, but 2 items only cost $28 ($22 more than surface) to send.
By adding the $2 as handling per order, it saves adding $2 to every item, and saves our customers money.
If you can't follow this, don't worry. It took me about 2 hours to check all the rates, and calculate a simple formula.
Credit Cards
Credit cards would add about 3% to all our charges, we currently don't accept them.
In addition banks are not happy with "cardholder not present", mail order transactions.
One CC acceptor will give us mail order facilities if we give them a 25% deposit on our projected annual CC sales. This means that for the first year we would have to pay out more than we took, especially if our CC sales increased rapidly.
Exchange Rates
Most of our US $ prices are calculated at $1.65 per £1.
The current rate as I write is $1.6413, we will probably need to give our bank about $1.68 dollars to get £1.
American banks will probably charge you more, about £1.70 per £1, because your transactions are smaller. We bank about 10 to 20 US checks each time.
We hope you will agree that our current pricing and ordering arrangements are arranged to help us give you the best deal. Regards,
Lawrence Chard
Q
What is the approximate value today of £5,000 worth of Krugerands that were purchased in 1980
J.W., Sussex, England
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It depends exactly when in 1980, and how much premium you paid on them, because the first problem is to work out how many you could have bought for £5000 at the time. It would be easier to work out the price of a known quantity of coins.
An even simpler way would be to find the £ price of gold at the time and divide the £5000 by that figure, then multiply be today's price.
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G'day,
Just a quick question. I was recently going through some old stuff off my grandmothers and found a necklace with a pendant attached. On closer inspection I found the pendant to be an "1823 Crown" (with King George III on it), the ring for the necklace had been welded to the top with what looks like brass.
To cut to the chase my question is: Does this conversion serverly depreciate the coins value, which on its own I would grade as Extremley Fine (40), except for the lump of brass attached to the top. I have a feeling it does but would like some clarification.
Thanx for your time
Peter B, Australia
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Yes, it does absolutely ruin it, and reduces it to near scrap value.
Please not, though, that 1823 crowns don't exist, could it be an 1823 £2 gold piece, (or a copy). In EF it catlaogues about £550, mounted it's worth about £80 to £100
Also 1823 would be George IV not III
You weren't testing the amber nectar before reading the coin by any chance?
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Why does the 1952 Coin Set only contain 4 coins ?
Cheers
Tim H., England
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Dear Tim,
Because only 4 different denominations were issued that year! The mint only produce coins according to supply and demand, although the death of King George VI may have been a contributory factor.
Hope this helps.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q - (6 separate e-mails)
how much is the 1999 Delaware realy worth and what is the miss print?
i have a 1936 buffalo nickle how much is this worth?
i have a 1901 quarter haw much is this worth?
i have a 1961 penny that looks kinda like gold but i don't think it is and it's realy shiney how much is it worth?
i have a 1941 half dollar how much is it worth?
i have a 1922 silver dollar but the word Trust in IN GOD WE TRUST is spelled with a V like this TRVST how much would this coin be worth right now?
Jennifer, New Mexico/USA A
Dear Jennifer,
If you revisit our site:- https://24carat.co.uk then click information Frequently Asked Coin Questions I've Found an Old Coin. What's It Worth? You will find some useful advice. Hope this helps! Regards,
Lawrence Chard
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Dear sears, I decide contact you, because you are one of famous on the world. I have something what was I inherited, but I don't know what is it (coins or medals) and is it worth. So, if you have a little time for me pleas check it and answer me promptly. I'll thanks in advance. Sincerely yours, VX CC: 7 pictures of samples. A
Dear Jovica, If you revisit our site:- https://24carat.co.uk then click information Frequently Asked Coin Questions I've Found an Old Coin. What's It Worth? You should find some useful advice.
Lawrence
Thanks for your replpy, I did'nt mean to take up any of your time. I was just looking for a quick guestimation, to see if it was going to be worth my time to get a more acquire valuation thank you
R. W.
Hello,
I will be in London this August (17th -Sept 2) and would appreciate if you could tell me where in London would I be able to purchase the prince charles 50th birthday 5 pound crown and the princess diana five pound coin. Thanks.
s. c., hawaii, USA
I have a collection of shillings, sixpences, threepences, halfcrowns and crowns dating from roughly 1850 onwards. In what dates are the coins silver and which coins are rarer
Pau C., England
What is the cubic volume of an ounce of gold?
Dan H., WI., USA
My friend has a 1783 george 111 spade guinea i notice it's not on your list could you possible please value it for me.It's in perfect condition but it's got a rim attached to it to make a necklace so it's quite hard to make out wether the last number is a 3 or a 5 he insists that it is a 3 and he says there are only about tfour in existence and the queen has one of them.We dont live very far from Blackpool so could you oblige.
Mike B., England
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I have seen gold sovereigns for sale in Kuwait and Bahrain airports. All of them appear to be new, and all of them are dated 1926.
How can so many new 1926 sovereigns be available ?
M.H., Kuwait
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They make and sell their own, which makes them copies or counterfeits, illegal to posses in the UK and many other countries. Some have "22" stamped on them, technically that may make them a "copy" rather than a counterfeit. We also sell the genuine product for less, see our bullion sovereigns page. If you import coins bought outside the EU, you are liable to VAT unless you smuggle them in which is risky and pointless.
Since January 2000, gold sovereigns are exempt from VAT in the UK. This does not apply to counterfeits or copies, so although you could buy genuine sovereigns from us without VAT, it you import these fakes, you would be liable for duty and VAT on them, and committing a serious criminal offence by trying to smuggle them in.


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