When the Royal Mint strikes coins, they strike them in three different qualities. The Proof coins for
the Proof Sets, the Specimen coins for the Mint Sets and the Uncirculated for actual usage. The
ones that are most difficult to get are the real Uncirculated coins. We have tried bank after bank and they
just don’t have Uncirculated coins available. Perhaps the Royal Mint wants to protect their striking of
Specimen and Proof Sets.
The real Uncirculated set on offer, that is coins that were actually struck for usage by the public and not
for inclusion into sets is dated 1997. You get the Uncirculated 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p, the coins are
Brilliant Uncirculated with the occasional bag mark, but these coins were struck to be used and as such
are extremely difficult to get.
These were the last coins struck with the so-called Maklouf bust of the Queen on them. A very difficult
set to get.