LIST OF THE "TOP 5" BRITISH COINS
Panda America, official distributor for the Royal Mint has compiled a List of the Top 5 British coins, as follows:
1. Most Popular British Gold Coins
This category is won easily by the British Gold Sovereign, that has been issued almost continuously since the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509) with the same gold standard (7.99 gm. of .917 fine gold). The reverse design features St. George slaying a dragon. Various dates of sovereigns--starting under $400—are available by calling Panda America at 800-472-6327 or on www.PandaAmerica.com.
2. Most Popular British Silver Coins
Britannia has been the personification of Great Britain for nearly 2,000 years, appearing first on the coins of the ancient Roman Empire. She has appeared on British coins beginning in 1684—and in 1997 the Royal Mint started issuing silver bullion coins containing a net content of 1 troy oz. of pure silver (32.54 gm.,.958 fine) called the “Britannia.” About 100,000 are sold each year to coin collectors and silver investors around the world. Earlier issues are sold out, but official distributor Panda America is still offering the 2009 Britannia for $49 and the new 2010 Britannia for $35. To order the popular Britannia silver coin or for further information call Panda America at 800-472-6327 or visit www.PandaAmerica.com.
3. Largest British Gold Coin
The largest gold coins issued by Great Britain are the 5 Pound denomination—first appearing in 1826. These impressive coins contain 39.94 gm. (over 1 ¼ troy oz.) of .917 fine gold. The reverse design features St. George slaying a dragon. The most recently issued 5 Pound gold coins was issued in 2009 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII. The design is enclosed within a rope border representing the Royal Navy, which was established by this monarch. Gem proof examples of the tiny mintage of just 1,509 are available on a first-come-first-served basis for $1,999 by calling Panda America at 800-472-6327 or on www.PandaAmerica.com. And the same design is available on a 5-Pound Copper-Nickel coin (28 gm.) for just $19.95.
4. Largest British Silver Coin
Huge 1 kilogram pure silver coins from the British Crown dependency of Alderney were also produced by the Royal Mint. (The island of Alderney is located just 60 miles from the south coast of England.They also commemorate the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII, and are available from official distributor Panda America for $1,695. Since only 200 gem proof coins were made, these are available on a first-come-first-served basis by calling Panda America at 800-472-6327 or on www.PandaAmerica.com. Each 2.2 pound coin comes in a deluxe presentation box.
5. Cutest British Coins
Last but not least, the experts at Panda America called this choice a “no-brainer.” In 2009, the same British dependency of Alderney (with a population of only 2,400), produced coins to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the popular Mini-Cooper automobile. The Mini came about because of a fuel shortage in the United Kingdom caused by the 1956 Suez Crisis--and on April 3, 2007, the one millionth new larger Mini rolled out of the Oxford Plant after six years of production. Three versions of the Mini coins were produced by the Royal Mint:
28.3 gm. Copper-nickel for $19.95
28.3 gm. Sterling Silver for $85 (pictured above, with colored flag on the roof)
1.24 gm. Pure Gold for $139
All of these are available by calling Panda America at 800-472-6327 or on www.PandaAmerica.com.