- Mass-Produced Souvenirs
- Limited-Edition Collectables
- Precious Metal Items
- Rare and Unique Items
- Do you have any Royal Memorabilia you think may be valuable?
The Coronation of King Charles III will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May and the coronation memorabilia is already flying off the shelves. From mass-produced souvenirs to limited-edition collectables, there will be no shortage of items for collectors and enthusiasts to get their hands on.
An additional bank holiday has been confirmed by the government for Monday, 8th May 2022 to mark the coronation of the new King. The historic event, which will be the first coronation in nearly 70 years after the late Queen's reign, will also include the crowning of Camilla as the Queen Consort. So, with such a momentous occasion, we're exploring the types of Royal memorabilia that are available and what collectors can expect in terms of future value.
Mass-produced souvenirs are a staple of any major event, and the Coronation of King Charles III will be no exception. From mugs and tea towels to keychains and t-shirts, these items are ubiquitous and affordable. While they may not be particularly valuable in the future due to their abundance, they are a great way to commemorate the event and make a fun addition to any collection. Coin expert at Vintage Cash Cow, Hannah Webbe says: "Coronation souvenir collectables such as mass-produced mugs and tea towels are going to be abundant throughout the celebrations, but this also means that there will be great numbers of them for years to come. This lack of scarcity will limit their future value. In terms of items that might provide a good return on investment, it might be more shrewd to collect things that are produced in smaller quantities, or limited-edition merchandise."
Limited-edition collectables are items that are produced in smaller quantities, making them rarer and more valuable. These may include items such as commemorative coins, stamps, and medals. Hannah suggests that "coins or stamps in commemorative sets from institutions such as the Royal Mint or the Royal Mail may be a good place to start collecting, especially if you are able to keep them in mint or uncirculated condition, and with the Certificates of Authenticity. This will help when you come to sell them later on."
Precious Metal Items
Items made from precious metals such as gold and silver are always in demand due to their inherent value. Collectors may want to look out for limited-edition coins made from these materials, as they are likely to increase in value over time. Hannah says: "Items made from precious materials, such as gold and silver coins or ingots, are likely to increase in value over time anyway following the trends in scrap prices, which is partly why they are such a popular investment."
Rare and Unique Items
The most valuable items associated with the Coronation are likely to be those that are rare or unique. These may include items such as invitations, Order of Service booklets, and even chairs used during the ceremony. An Order of Service from Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation was recently sold for £740 and chairs from the occasion have sold for between £350 and £650. Invitations and other such ephemera can also prove to be highly collectable, and therefore valuable. These items are highly sought after by collectors due to their rarity and historical significance, and their value is often influenced by factors such as condition and proof of provenance.
Do you have any Royal Memorabilia you think may be valuable?
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