Proof, BU and Bullion coins: What’s the difference?

You may already be a keen coin collector. You may just like coins in general and are thinking about starting a collection. Or maybe you’ve come across some of the coins we make here at The Royal Mint, as gifts, and are wanting to find out more about them? Whichever you are, you are sure to have seen the following words used in the descriptions of the coins we make: ‘Proof‘, ‘Brilliant Uncirculated‘, and ‘Bullion‘.

Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting out, you may be left wondering ‘What is the difference between Proof, Brilliant Uncirculated and Bullion coins?

The Royal Mint produces three types of uncirculated commemorative coin finish, they are ‘Proof’, ‘Brilliant Uncirculated’ and ‘Bullion’. Simply put, Proof coins are the highest standard of commemorative coin produced by The Royal Mint. Brilliant Uncirculated coins have a higher standard of finish than Bullion coins, without the extra finishing and detail provided on Proof coins, and Bullion coins have a similar standard of finish to circulating coins.

If that rather simple explanation didn’t answer the question, take a look at our latest video that explores the differences between the three:

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  • L Fallows

    There is nothing like a proof coin. Untouched & in Silver.

  • I’m just waiting for their Pidefort Proof coins