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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Early coin proof sets prove to be in high demand at London auction

28 December 2017

Judging by the number of coin proof sets that have been issued in Elizabeth II’s reign, they have become very popular with collectors. But these Royal Mint sets date much further back and are now sought-after at auction.

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Rare and record Henry VII testoon coin sold in London auction is bought by Royal Mint Museum

12 December 2017

A scarce coin showing a portrait of the first Tudor monarch has been bought at auction on behalf of the Royal Mint Museum for £44,000.

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Rare Richard III gold coin found by metal detectorist near Bosworth Field comes to auction

21 November 2017

If you want a gold coin to have rarity value, then an example from a monarch whose reign lasted only a couple of years is a good start.

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Chinese coin from 1912 emerges at New Jersey auction

20 November 2017

Sun Yat-Sen (1866-1925) was the first president and founder of the Republic of China, and his bust adorns the obverse of a coin which will highlight the next Coins and Currency Auction at Rago, New Jersey, on December 2.

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Last-minute consignment to Chichester auctioneer is rare William III gold coin

19 October 2017

A rare William III five-guineas has been consigned to Stride & Son just over a week before its specialist coin sale.

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Auction record for British five-pound coin at £340,000

04 October 2017

Baldwin’s of St James’s set a new record for a British five pounds piece when a “good, extremely fine” example of the 1839 ‘Una and the Lion’ five pounds coin took £340,000.

Numismatic partnerships formed to broaden market

11 September 2017

Two new international auction partnerships have formed in the coin market, both involving London firms.

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Coinex events calendar

11 September 2017

A list of events which are part of this month's Coinex.

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Numismatists descend on London for the annual Coinex fair

11 September 2017

Coin enthusiasts have plenty to think about as they arrive in London for the annual Coinex fair.

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London coin company snaps up Roman hoard from Lincolnshire at Hansons

29 August 2017

A world coin specialist vied with other bidders over a Roman coin hoard last week at Hansons Auctioneers.

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Newark 1646 and the story of English Civil War siege coins at auction

28 July 2017

Poor old Newark. A bit like Belgium and Poland over the centuries, in the English Civil War the English Midlands town ended up in the wrong place in wartime – stuck in the middle - as armies trampled back and forth across it or lay siege. The town’s misfortune is a coin collector’s gain, however, as the lozenge-shaped coins minted in Newark during the conflict have become familiar and fairly common visitors to the salerooms.

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Australian Holey Dollar coin from 1813 sells in London auction

03 July 2017

The Holey Grail of the Australian coins world… hang on, we used that pun in a 2013 ATG story. Nevertheless, it is Holey appropriate:  the Holey Dollar remains a must-have for collectors of Australian coins.

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Royal Mint takes share in coin dealers

19 June 2017

As part of a five-year plan to grow its interest in the coin collecting market, The Royal Mint has taken a share in Mayfair numismatic dealership Sovereign Rarities.

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Mysterious 1776 US pewter dollar coin at auction in New York

08 June 2017

One of the earliest coins in American history is coming to auction at Spink in New York.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

15 May 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

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Debut medals sale for new Baldwin’s unit

02 May 2017

Networking is far more than a good chinwag. As Baldwin’s of St James’s medal specialist Mark Smith explains, it can also be good business.

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Church prayers answered at auction as rare US double eagle coin soars

28 April 2017

‘In God we trust’ goes the phrase. It had a double meaning when an American church sold a rare 19th century coin with a result no doubt causing more than a few hallelujahs.

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London coin dealer expands with series of appointments including ex-Spink specialist

27 April 2017

Coin dealership Coincraft has welcomed four new members of staff and launched a new website.

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Largest gold sovereign hoard declared treasure as mystery surrounds source of stash

24 April 2017

The largest gold sovereign hoard ever found has been declared treasure but mystery surrounds the identity of the rightful heirs to the trove of gold coins.

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Pick of the Week: Rare reminder of tragic royal reign

25 March 2017

A coin sold in the Dix Noonan Webb (20% buyer’s premium) auction on March 15 is a poignant reminder of the mysterious death of the Princes in the Tower.

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