This hand-hammered silver drachma dates back to the Parthian Empire, and is more than 2,200 years old! Parthia was made up of what is today Iran and Iraq and was a major cultural and commercial power in this period. It took part in a series of wars with Rome over seven centuries. This beautiful coin is worth £199.
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This silver drachma dates back to 400-300BC, and depicts Castor and Pollux, figures from Greek mythology. They were the sons of Queen Leda of Sparta, though the legend goes that they each had a different father. The Gemini zodiac symbol we use today is of the twins. The coin is worth £649, according to the British Numismatic Treasury.
These gold sovereigns pay tribute to George V (the first Windsor) and Elizabeth II (the latest Windsor on the throne). Issued in 1915 and 1966 respectively, the sovereign is seen as the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to coins. The set of both is worth £779.
This St Edmund memorial coin dates back to 885-915 and the Kingdom of the East Anglia, a small independent kingdom of the period made up of what is now Norfolk and Suffolk. On the reverse is a large cross pattee. It’s worth £850.
This silver halfpenny is from the reign of Richard III, between 1483 and 1485, the last king of the House of York. On the front is an image of a crowned bust. It’s worth a massive £1,000.
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The guinea was the first English machine-struck fine gold coin, and was originally worth 20 shillings. That’s about £1 in today’s money. This coin was issued between 1787 and 1799, and you can buy your own for a whopping £1,499.