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.


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Coins: BNTA's London showpiece event Coinex returns

12 September 2022

Coinex, the most important event on the British calender for many serious coin collectors, opens at the Biltmore Hotel in Mayfair on September 23-24.

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A hoard under boards emerges at Spink

12 September 2022

The 264 English gold coins in the so-called Ellerby Hoard, uncovered by a Yorkshire family while re-laying a floor in an 18th century home, range from the reign of James I to George I.

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Buying British abroad as rare coins emerge in Germany and Monaco

12 September 2022

Away from London, some exceptional coin sales coming up in Europe include a number of outstanding British issues.

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Alexander’s distater – the spoils of conquest

12 September 2022

Alexander the Great’s conquest of the Persian Achaemenid empire delivered into his hands a vast wealth.

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Gold from buttons

12 September 2022

The Premier Sale held by St James’s Auctions on September 22 includes this gold half guinea token with a ‘phoenix from the flames’ motif made for Wilson and Younge of Sheffield in 1812.

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Top stories this week – including news of a gold coin hoard discovered under a kitchen floor

11 September 2022

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a family making an extraordinary find while re-laying the kitchen floor at their North Yorkshire home.

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Gold coin hoard discovered in a cup under a North Yorkshire kitchen floor comes to auction

01 September 2022

A family re-laying their kitchen floor in their home in Ellerby, North Yorkshire, discovered 264 gold coins stored in a small cup.

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Bonhams closes coins and medals department

11 July 2022

Bonhams has closed its coin and medals department in London and specialist John Millensted will now work as a consultant to the firm.

ATG letter: End of medals and coins sales at Bonhams also means end of Glendining’s

11 July 2022

You reported on the front page of the ATG (No 2550) that Bonhams has added another auction house to its expanding stable.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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