Diamond Jubilee Helps Westminster Collection To A Record Year

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Leading mint and postal administration distributor The Westminster Collection is celebrating a record collecting year, boosted by the popularity of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Westminster Collection has sold more than 250,000 Diamond Jubilee collectable coins and stamps – an all-time collecting record for the company.

diamond jubilee coin featuring a colour portrait of the queen

The Diamond Jubilee Coin featuring an iconic full colour portrait of Her Majesty, the first time it has ever featured on a coin

With more than 250,000 Diamond Jubilee coins and stamps already sold by The Westminster Collection, 2012 is the perfect year to start an historic coin or stamp collection.

Leading mint and postal administration distributor The Westminster Collection is celebrating a record collecting year, boosted by the popularity of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Westminster Collection has sold more than 250,000 Diamond Jubilee collectable coins and stamps – an all-time collecting record for the company.

Some of the highlights among collectors include the:

  •     Diamond Jubilee Gold-Plated Photographic Coin
  •     United Kingdom £5 Gold-Plated Silver Crown
  •     Diamond Jubilee UK £5 Coin Cover.

The Diamond Jubilee Gold-Plated Photographic Coin is limited to 60,000 pieces. This crown-sized 24 carat gold-plated coin has been approved by Buckingham Palace.

Unusually, modern minting techniques have allowed Terry O’Neill’s famous photograph of the Queen to be shown on the coin in full colour and the edge to be milled with a unique diamond shape especially for the jubilee.

What makes this coin remarkable is the almost certain expectation that all 60,000 pieces are expected to sell out. Collectors snapped up two earlier similar coins in just weeks.

This Diamond Jubilee coin is currently exclusively available for an introductory price of just £9.99 (+p&p) from The Westminster Collection.

The United Kingdom £5 Gold-Plated Silver Crown is only the second ever United Kingdom Crown to be gold-plated.

This Diamond Jubilee £5 coin features an unprecedented “double-headed” design, showing the Queen in accession year on one side with a contemporary engraving of Her Majesty in her Garter robes on the other.

“For something uniquely British and perfect to keep as an heirloom to pass down to your children and grandchildren, it would be hard to do better than the Royal Mint’s issue of the new United Kingdom £5 Gold-Plated Silver Crown,” said The Westminster Collection’s Managing Director Ian Glen.

The coin’s edition limit is set at just 12,500 – just 17 per cent of the silver £5 Crown issue for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and 364,500 pieces fewer than the 1977 Silver Jubilee issue.

The Diamond Jubilee UK £5 Coin Cover has also proved to be extremely popular with collectors.

This Royal Mint Authentic Product features the new UK £5 2012 Diamond Jubilee coin presented alongside the official Royal Mail Queen Elizabeth II Stamp and is postmarked February 6 – the exact 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

Mr Glen said: “The remarkable demand for coins and stamps from collectors has not been limited to just the Diamond Jubilee.

“Both the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Titanic centenary have resulted in a further increase in collector interest.”

The United Kingdom’s first ever 5oz silver coin – struck exclusively for the London 2012 Olympic Games by the Royal Mint – features high among The Westminster Collection’s recommendations for 2012. These London 2012 coins feature Christopher Le Brun’s engraving of Pegasus. The issue is limited to just 7,500 coins.

Westminster’s London 2012 range also includes the official Olympic £5 coin, which has proven to be extremely popular with avid collectors and the general public alike.

Similarly a new Titanic 100th anniversary gold-plated £5 coin (currently available at an introductory offer price of just £9.99 plus p&p) has been a hit with numismatists, as has the 5oz silver Titanic coin.

“With more than 250,000 Diamond Jubilee coins and stamps already sold by The Westminster Collection for the Diamond Jubilee, let alone the additional interest coming from the Olympic Games and Titanic centenary, 2012 is the perfect year to start an historic coin or stamp collection. And in doing so, you can create a family heirloom to pass down to your children and grandchildren.”

For further details of coins from The Westminster Collection, please contact David Pool, 01202 711412.

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Notes For Editors

Westminster Collection
PO Box 288
Poole
Dorset
BH12 9GH

The Westminster Collection is a leading distributor of collectable stamps and coins, acting on behalf of Postal Administrations, Mints and Ministries of Finance all over the world.

It is a family business with a history dating back to 1945 when founder Harry Allen transformed his childhood ‘enterprise’ trading stamps at school into a company wholesaling new issue stamps.

His company was one of the first to sign an international stamp agency agreement – allowing face value wholesale sales of stamps outside the issuing country.

Today the Harry Allen business is at the forefront of the new issue philatelic trade, holding agencies for around 75 countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Eire.

In 1987 his son, Stephen Allen, formed The Westminster Collection to make stamp and coin collecting more accessible to the general public.

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