Coins

Since ancient times, rulers and governments have produced coins to establish a standardised form of exchange for their citizens. With these items often embodying the history of their age, antique coins remains a highly collectable field.

Coins often appear in mixed auctions but there are also specialist auction houses operating in this field.


Anglo-Saxon gold shilling

Anglo-Saxon coin emerged from stubble

14 March 2022

An Anglo-Saxon gold shilling or thrymsa dating from 650- 670AD took £15,000 at Dix Noonan Webb in Mayfair.

Una and the Lion

Sale season off to a roaring start in Germany

14 March 2022

The most cherished coin from the reign of Victoria proved popular at a German saleroom

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Record for Cromwellian coin

14 February 2022

The fourth and final part of the North Yorkshire Moors collection of coins and medals sold by Dix Noonan Webb included some exceptional examples from the Interregnum.

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Wyon’s gothic masterpiece at Baldwin’s

14 February 2022

This ‘cameo’ version of the 1847 gothic crown is one of the finest available for commerce.

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The ‘sweet tin’ shilling

14 February 2022

The finest-known example of a New England shilling sold for £220,000 at Morton & Eden in London on November 26.

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Coins & medals: Inflationary trends as market hits new high

14 February 2022

Price increases and a good supply fired the London coins and medals market to record levels in 2021

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Bristol rose ryal sold at Timeline

14 February 2022

In response to a decline in the wool trade, a shortage of bullion and the impact of the Wars of the Roses, English coinage was devalued on August 13, 1464.

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Indian Mutiny VC sold at Spink

14 February 2022

The 150th Victoria Cross ever awarded sold for £180,000 at London auction house Spink on July 29.

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Honouring Antinous

14 February 2022

A three-quarters-length bust of a bare-chested Antinous, the favourite of Hadrian, appears on this medallic coin minted in Mantinea, Arcadia, c.134AD.

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Coins & medals latest sales figures

14 February 2022

The sales figures and market share of the top London auction houses in 2021

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Hird’s Elizabethan treasures set house record for Spink's coin department

14 February 2022

Spink offered 52 coins from one of the ‘lost’ parcels of Alderman Horace Hird (1899-1973), former president of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society.

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Una and the Lion coin turns head at St James’s Auctions

14 February 2022

The most cherished coin from the reign of Victoria is the 1839 gold £5 piece by William Wyon.

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Briot’s pattern unite

14 February 2022

The sale at Sovereign Rarities on September 21 included this Charles I (1625-49), silver pattern unite (20 shillings) dated 1630.

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A £5 cameo from George IV

14 February 2022

Stamps specialist Harmers is a newcomer to London numismatic sales.

Henry III penny

Henry III gold penny is ‘best ever’ coin find

31 January 2022

A newly discovered Henry III ‘gold penny’, one of the most fabled coins in all of British numismatics, has sold for £540,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium).

Japanese Meiji 10-yen coin

Pick of the week: Meiji 10 yen pattern coin takes £260,000

24 January 2022

Rare Japanese Meiji gold coin emerges at auction in West Sussex

The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

Plea to help track down stolen coins after machete-wielding thieves strike at Solihull fair

18 January 2022

A group of coins were stolen from the London & Midland Coin Fairs taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum earlier this month.

New England coins

‘Sweet tin’ silver shilling brings £220,000

06 December 2021

The finest-known example of a New England shilling sold for £220,000 at Morton & Eden in London on November 26 (plus 20% buyer’s premium).

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Elizabethan sovereigns fit into white glove

29 November 2021

A single-owner collection of 33 sovereigns from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I generated a white-glove result at London auction house Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).

Anglo Saxon coin hoard

‘Largest ever’ Anglo-Saxon coin hoard discovered in UK

08 November 2021

The largest ever Anglo-Saxon gold coin hoard discovered in the UK has been declared treasure after a complex inquest into the case.

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