When I first started collecting coins, in particular sovereigns, I remember reading on another forum that true sovereign collectors only collect the full Sovereign, that this made the full Sovereign more desirable and gave it a higher likelihood of being more valuable in the future. While monetary profit might not be the primary motive for many, I still maintain that most collectors would hope to have a valuable asset from their hobby (any collection) at the end of the day. I don’t think anyone collects anything with the intention of losing a large amount of money on it. I must admit, the opinion of other more experienced collectors did influence my motive when I decided to make the full Sovereign the main focus of my collection. However, a few years ago I noticed that with the exception of very rare or desirable years or types, the larger denominations, in particular the quintuple Sovereign or Five Pound have proven to be much more sensible investments. The prices being achieved by the larger denomination coins far exceeds the extra precious metal content. To me this seems quite logical as, generally, fewer numbers of the large denomination coins are minted. Furthermore, I have observed that this trend also seems to be true not only of the majority of Two and Five Guinea coins but also for other larger denomination world coins, be they modern or ancient. I attribute this to the fact that not only were the larger denominations produced in smaller numbers but the ‘opportunity cost’ of holding or hoarding these would have been higher as well. I’m trying to get a few of the bigger denominations in my collection but many of the better grade older offerings are prohibitively priced. For now the more recent issues will have to do. It would be interesting to hear the opinions and experiences of fellow CT members. Do you agree with the above observations about the ‘bigger sibling’? Did your collection criteria change direction for any particular reason? Which countries/coinage do you expect to show an upward trend and why!!