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.


Reward offered for deciphering coins

22 February 2016

According to various press reports, authorities in the province of Hunan in China are offering 10,000 yuan (£1000) to anyone who can decipher the inscriptions on the back of six gold coins from ancient India.

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Unrecorded Fatimid gold dinar emerges at Wilkes & Curtis auction

27 August 2015

Among the highlights of the current Wilkes & Curtis auction is a Fatimid gold dinar from the reign of the Caliph al-Hakim (AD996-1021).

London numismatists urge clients to oppose German Cultural Property law changes

04 August 2015

Coin specialists AH Baldwin & Sons are encouraging their customers to sign the petition opposing an amendment to the controversial German Cultural Property and Heritage Protection Law.

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Coin and medal sales double in a decade for UK

10 February 2015

Sales of coins and medals at UK auctions have doubled in value over the past decade to £44.7m.

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Global sales at Spink hit £29m in strong coins and stamps market

19 January 2015

Philatelic and numismatic specialists Spink have posted annual sales figures of just under £29m.

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Record-breakers of the Tudor realm

13 January 2015

A recent sale in London saw the auction records for Tudor coins rewritten by two choice examples of a golden denomination.

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Anglo-Saxon controls may prove vital in shedding light on newfound hoard

12 January 2015

Strict rules governing the integrity of early English coinage could lead to the newly uncovered Aylesbury Hoard revising our perspective of the Anglo-Saxon period.

Huge hoard may hold key to early English coinage

12 January 2015

The discovery of Anglo-Saxon coins near Aylesbury in December is the largest find of its type in 175 years.

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Spink pin money on their silver dollar

07 January 2015

An example of the first of America’s iconic silver dollars will be on sale at Spink USA later this month.

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The seal of the Bruce returns at £125,000

09 December 2014

It was, say Timeline Auctions, “probably the most important medieval seal to come to market” and certainly the most important object the firm had ever offered for sale, according to CEO Brett Hammond.

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Appeal over stolen coins

10 September 2014

This sixth issue Elizabeth I sovereign (1584-1586) was among seven English 16th and 17th century gold coins stolen from a dealer’s home in Norfolk in August.

Cave coins find could shed new light on Iron Age culture in Britain

28 July 2014

Coins from the Late Iron Age and Republican Roman eras have been found buried together for the first time.

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The coin that gives clues to the murder of an Anglo-Saxon king

20 June 2014

The name Æthelberht and the title REX on an Anglo-Saxon penny just sold in London may provide a vital clue to a royal murder.

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New coin auctioneers offering reduced buyer’s premium

30 May 2014

A newly established firm of numismatic auctioneers, Wilkes & Curtis, are aiming to break into the marketplace by offering a fixed buyer’s premium of 10%.

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Sovereigns make their mark again in London sales

12 May 2014

It was sovereign territory at Baldwin’s once more earlier this month when they took £430,000 for an Edward VIII gold proof example dated 1937 and £320,000 for an Elizabeth II example dated 1953.

£330,000 record for silver coin

07 April 2014

Spink have set a new record for any English silver coin at £330,000, paid for the finest known example of the Reddite, an extremely rare Crown of Charles II dating to 1663.

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Coin discovery points to previously unknown mint

31 March 2014

A unique silver penny dug up in a field near Nottingham last November has revealed the existence of a previously unknown mint during the reign of King Stephen (1135-54).

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Competing for leaden hearts

11 February 2014

A rare visitor to the recent numismatic sale at Lockdales in Martlesham Heath, Ipswich was a group of three convict tokens.

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Gold Aureus takes $130,000 at New York sale

13 January 2014

Baldwin’s and their partners began 2014 in style at the ‘New York International Numismatic Convention’.

Coin dealer killed

05 August 2013

The British Numismatic Trade Association is in mourning after member Giuseppe Miceli was killed at his home in Northampton.

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