2014: A New Year, A New Hobby

A New Year means new coins. Which means new collections, as well as new additions to existing collections. It also means it’s the perfect time to start coin collecting as a hobby. Whether you’re an existing collector or a new starter, the New Year poses a perfect time to start or add to a coin collection.

With the popularity of the Olympic 50p coin collections in 2012, coin collecting as a hobby saw a significant influx in new collectors. Two years later it continues to see its’ profile rise as a popular hobby. Today, coin collecting is an accessible and affordable hobby shared by thousands of people worldwide. Many are attracted to its’ artistic, educational, cultural and historic qualities.

So where can you begin your collection in 2014?

If you are new to the hobby, and don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. There are many reasons people collect coins and these reasons often form the themes of their collection. A good starting point for all new coin collectors is the change in your pockets. As well as the 29 Olympic 50p designs, there are 16 different designs on 50p coins currently in circulation, 21 on £1 coins in circulation, and 26 on £2 coins. That’s a total of 92 coins to collect from your change alone!

These Official Royal Mint collector albums are the perfect way to kick off your collecting craze.

50p Collector Album

£1 Collector Album

£2 collector folder

Circulating coins cover a vast array of eras, topics and events, and your interest in a single coin can lead your collection down any number of paths. Every coin is a miniature work of art holding a moment in time that can be admired and appreciated by generations to come.

Continuing your collection in the New Year.

If you’ve already been bitten by the coin collecting bug you’ll love our 2014 offering. As well as the coins you can find in your change, there are also a number of special limited edition collectible coins available direct from The Royal Mint website.

For the first time we’ve entered into the world of Lunar coins with the ‘Year of the Horse’ beginning in January. Artist Wuon Gean Ho’s vibrant design is the first in our Lunar series, and will be followed by future Lunar coins. St George continues to slay the Dragon on our 2014 Sovereigns and Britannia’s changing face is reborn in proof-quality fine silver and fine gold for the first time. There’s even something that may attract horticulturists in 2014 with the Floral £1 series. England and Wales’ floral emblems were represented in 2013 and it’s Scotland and Northern Ireland’s turn in 2014, this time presented in beautiful and bold blue packaging. This year also sees some significant anniversaries commemorated with the 300th anniversary of the death of Queen Anne, the 500th anniversary of Trinity House, and 100 years since the outbreak of The First World War. Finally, in 2014, we also add to our sporting collection with a 50p to celebrate The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

There is something for everyone in 2014.

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