Three Graces UK Five-Ounce Silver Proof obverse (trial piece) – TR213GS5

The week of September 20th through the 26th, the Royal Mint is celebrating Collect Week 2021. It is the week that the Royal Mint celebrates coin collecting and collectors. The Royal Mint has plans that allow people to participate virtually, including webinars that many outside the UK may be interested in attending.

One of the more fascinating events of Collect Week is the auction for Die Trial Pieces. Die Trial pieces are coins struck before the production run as a test. The Royal Mint has a good description of Die Trials on its website.

The list of die Trial Pieces includes gold and silver strikes from 2019 and 2020. Each coin has a hallmark attesting to the quality of the strike as defined by the Royal Mint. The Royal Mint published a list of 60 Die Trial Pieces that will be in the auction.

There are also webinars held during the week. You may have to adjust your sleep pattern to attend if you are interested, but it might be worth your time. The list of webinars advertised are:

If I get up in the middle of the night to attend a webinar, I will attend “The Importance of Die Trial Pieces.” The description makes it sound like they will discuss the minting process from the Royal Mint’s perspective.

“Making the Grade” may be worth an extra pot of coffee to see how the UK views grading.

Learning more about collecting is fun, and it is good to hear from different voices.

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