Noonans

Noonans is a London auction house which specialises in coins, medals, militaria, banknotes, jewellery, watches and antiquities.

It was founded in 1990 by Nimrod Dix, Pierce Noonan and Christopher Webb, and was previously known as Dix Noonan Webb. In April 2022 it announced it was changing its name to Noonans, part of a general rebranding rather than indicating any change of ownership

With offices in Mayfair, the specialist auctioneers also handle private treaty sales.


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Courageous messenger honoured

01 May 2021

A Victoria Cross group awarded to a British soldier who volunteered to carry a vital message to a stranded platoon at Mericourt in October 1918, in the knowledge that five of his comrades had already been in killed in turn making earlier attempts, sold for £200,000.

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Multi-gem necklaces: ‘Perfect for the enquiring mind’

12 April 2021

A recent Fine Jewellery sale at Fellows (23% buyer’s premium) in Birmingham included an unusual Victorian necklace.

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Cold courage comes into play for Victoria Cross from First World War

05 April 2021

“I joined up as a youngster for a bit of fun, but it didn’t turn out like that. We were young men made old before our time.”

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Stargazing search pays off at last for collector

22 March 2021

A long search for an 1914-15 Star had a happy ending after the Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium) auction in London on February 17.

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George Cross record broken again by London saleroom

22 February 2021

The world record for a George Cross has been broken by a medal awarded to a courageous British soldier who died in captivity during the Korean War.

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Coins and medals ‘up 15-20%’ during £53m year for London’s salerooms

15 February 2021

Despite the near absence of face-to-face trading, 2020 was a record year for London’s coins and medals auction houses with combined total sales just shy of £53m.

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Coins & medals: Virtual trade leads to 'renaissance' in lockdown

15 February 2021

In the absence of face-to-face contact, 2020 was a difficult year for the numismatics market as a whole... but the auction business found a way to thrive.

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Silver penny that rewrote Mercian history makes £32,000 at auction

15 February 2021

This silver penny struck for Ludeca, a short-lived king of Mercia who ruled from 826-7, was found at Combe Bissett, Wiltshire, in 2016.

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Victoria Cross group belonging to ‘Australian’ hero of Inkerman among DMW's annual highlights

15 February 2021

Dix Noonan Webb’s highest-priced lot of 2020 was this Crimean War Naval Brigade Victoria Cross group of four sold for £240,000 on October 15. The estimate was £120,000-160,000.

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British token record set at Dix Noonan Webb

15 February 2021

A record for a British token was set at Dix Noonan Webb on May 26 when this copper coin – the only specimen known in commerce – took £7000 (estimate £400-500).

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Medal marks Cromwell triumph

08 February 2021

This small oval gold medal was struck at the end of 1650 to mark the victory of the New Model Army at the Battle of Dunbar.

Cromwellian gold 50 shilling piece

Record for Cromwellian coin is set by 50 shilling piece

01 February 2021

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

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How hurling a lump of iron at Churchill earned a medal

01 February 2021

A ‘Hunger Strike’ Women’s Social and Political Union Medal awarded to a Suffragette who threw at lump of iron at Winston Churchill’s car made £10,000.

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Medal awarded to Suffragette who threw a lump of iron at Churchill's car comes up at auction

09 January 2021

How could throwing a missile at Winston Churchill’s car earn you a medal if you were British?

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Fishing trip that sank enemy ships

14 December 2020

After a somewhat chequered period before the war, during which his employment ranged from gold-digging and sailing the South Sea Islands to running a camel racing team and a betting shop, Lt Hubert (Ted) Carse of the the Royal Australian Naval Reserve ended up as a hero.

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Hughie Green took his flying opportunity

14 December 2020

Hughie Green (1920-97) is well known as star of film, radio and TV, such as Opportunity Knocks – and a colourful personal life such as being father to Paula Yates. However, he also had a long and eventful career in aviation.

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Falklands War honours fetch six figures

14 December 2020

The Falklands War was 38 years ago now. However, for medal collectors the conflict is very much in mind, as evidenced by two six-figure results recently at London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).

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Owner history of recusant chalice

07 December 2020

With the defeat of Catholic attempts against the Protestant monarchy in the 17th and 18th centuries, penal laws were imposed in Ireland.

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New hires and an expanded saleroom – the latest news around the auction houses

19 November 2020

A Hampshire saleroom has expanded and there are new faces at a host of auction houses – read our latest Movers and Shakers.

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Museum buys memorial plaque of Great War’s ‘first black officer’

14 November 2020

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) has bought a First World War ‘dead man’s penny’ memorial plaque.

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