English coins remained popular with collectors in 2013, with the Stanley Gibbons English Coin 200 Index documenting growth in value of 10.1% over the past 12 months.
The index, which monitors examples within the £5,000-225,000 ($8,235-370,575) range, has enjoyed compound growth of 12.4% pa from 2004-2014.
Last year saw strong results across the board for sales of numismatics, with new records set in a range of categories, and while past results do not guarantee future gains - these figures demonstrate the resilience of the market to outside pressures.
This steady growth is a major reason for the growing popularity of coins with investors, who are increasingly recognising that alternative assets are a solid way to diversify their portfolios.
It is telling that over the same period (2004-2014) the FTSE 100 achieved per annum growth of just 5.6%. While enormous gains can be made quickly on the stock market, the converse remains truer than ever.
Other indexes demonstrating steady results last year include our own PFC40 Autograph Index - which was up 8.6% from 2012-2013, and has tracked growth of 13.6% pa from 2000-2013.
We have a selection of rare coins available to purchase, including this Charles I Besieged shilling, produced during the 1645 siege of Carlisle.
Alternatively, you can view a selection of our investment grade autographs here.
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