Many people are introduced to coin collecting by an older relative, often a grandparent who has rediscovered their own passion for ‘the hobby of Kings’ later in life.
Some of life’s greatest memories of our parents and grandparents are those where they patiently introduce us to new and fascinating interests. This Father’s day, why not take the lead yourself, and ignite a passion for coins in your father?
Coins meet a variety of interests, incorporating elements of history, art, craftsmanship and collectability in a way that no other gift can. Coins also have value that remains undiminished by time or fashion, and this means that a gift of coins is a gift that will be treasured forever.
Which coins to give?
Royal Mint Annual sets make a perfect Father’s Day gift. 2013 sets range in price from £25 for The 2013 United Kingdom Definitive Coin Set to £650 for the stunning and very limited 2013 UK Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set. Regular Royal Mint customers may be invited to purchase even more limited edition sets made in gold, but these are rarely made available to the general public.
Annual Sets include all the circulating coins in Brilliant Uncirculated or Proof finish. These coins are of a higher quality than the ones in your pocket.
Mark the year
Every coin tells a story, and each year The Royal Mint chooses to commemorate themes that are relevant to British life at that time. While each coin is year dated, the Commemoratives mark historic events and people. In 2013 the stories behind our coins include the Queen’s Coronation, 150 years of The London Underground, the 350th Anniversary of the Guinea, the original decimal coin designs of Christopher Ironside and two new pound coins featuring the iconic national symbols of England and Wales.
What will you give…or receive?
Will you give your father coins this year? Let us know in the comments below, and share your stories of how you were introduced to collecting.