Icons of the Commonwealth Gold Coin Collection
In 2008, The Royal Australian Mint, British Royal Mint, and Canadian Royal Mint issued a joint 3-coin gold set styled "Icons of the Commonwealth".
Worthy Event or Pure Marketing?
Some multi-national coin issues and collections have been coordinated by organisations such as UNICEF or the Save the Children Fund, for worthy causes. Other issues seem to us like pure and simple opportunistic marketing, often coordinated by one or more mints, or other coin marketing companies.
While we usually avoid any involvement in the new distribution of such issues, we make an active secondary market in them,
When new, these issues are normally sold at high premiums compared with their intrinsic value, often double or more. In the secondary market, we can often supply them at much more competitive prices, usually ranging from about 5% up to about 50% premium over gold, depending on a number of factors such as condition, mintage, scarcity, supply and demand, and our actual stock position.
While we would not recommend investors to buy these collections at new prices, they can often be interesting additions to a collection, and at our "second-hand" prices, can also be acquired at an investment price.
What's It All About?
According to the certificate which accompanies this three-coin set:
This exclusive set features the signature fold coins of each nation including the Royal Australian Mint's 1/5th oz 24ct Kangaroo at Sunset; the Royal Mint's 1/4 oz 22ct St. George Sovereign; and the Royal Canadian Mint's 1/4 oz 24ct Gold Maple Leaf.
The obverse of all three coins features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
This numbered certificate authenticates that all three coins are legal tender and the world wide issue of the set is strictly limited to 2,500.
Marketing Hype & Invention
We reckon the real reason for issuing the set is simply an excuse to flog a few more coins to collectors worldwide, and guess that each of the three Mints have cross-promoted the set to their own customer database. While this is perfectly acceptable and reasonable, there are a couple of anomalies about this set:
- All three coins are of slightly different weights.
- The certificate states the sovereign to be a quarter ounce coin, which it is not.
- Two of the three coins are proofs, the Canadian one is not.
- One of the coins (Australian) is a single year design, the others are definitives.
- Two of the coins are described as "24ct", which is only approximately true.
Prices & Availability
Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order
Rest of World (where available) £10 International Registered (fully insured)
International Gold Coin Collections
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including UNICEF and other International gold coin collections, whether listed on this page or not. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.
Obverse of 2008 Australian "Kangaroo at Sunset" $25 Gold Proof
Reverse of 2008 Australian "Kangaroo at Sunset" $25 Gold Proof
Obverse of 2008 British Gold Proof Sovereign
Reverse of 2008 British Gold Proof Sovereign
Obverse of 2008 Canadian Quarter Ounce Gold Maple Leaf
Reverse of 2008 Canadian Quarter Ounce Gold Maple Leaf
"Icons of the Commonwealth" Gold Coin Collection in its Wooden Box
"Icons of the Commonwealth" Certificate