Spink

Spink are an auction house specialising in stamps, coins, medals and banknotes. The firm was founded in London in 1666 as a goldsmiths and pawnbrokers but, as well their premises in Bloomsbury, London, they now also hold sales in Switzerland, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.

As part of their international expansion, Spink acquired companies including Robson Lowe, Shreves Philatelic Galleries and Smythe in the US as well as Phila China and Oeno China auctions in Hong Kong.


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Exhibition marks special RAF centenary

19 November 2018

In April this year Spink held an exhibition to mark the centenary of the founding of the RAF, ahead of a dedicated section in its two-day Orders, Decorations and Medals sale the same month.

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Coinex grows into new venue for 40th year

24 September 2018

Bigger could mean better at the UK’s largest coin fair this year. Celebrating its 40th year, Coinex 2018 is in a larger venue and has more exhibitors.

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Medal awarded to the militant Irish Suffragette who tried to blow up a cathedral comes to auction

21 July 2018

It’s déjà vu all over again… yes, we bring you another excellent and evocative Suffragette item of memorabilia up at auction in this, the centenary year of the signing of the Qualification of Women Act. In other words, votes for women in the UK – aged over 30, that is.

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Menu signed by all four Beatles from a flight when getting high was the refreshment

12 July 2018

Reporter: “Well John, how was the trip over, did you all get bored on the flight, or did you have things to keep you entertained, that y’all were doing?” John Lennon: ‘Well, err, we all got stoned.”

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DNW recruits form banknote department

28 May 2018

London auction house Dix Noonan Webb is launching a stand-alone banknotes department and expanding into the next-door premises.

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New Spink medals head praises reinforcements

14 May 2018

“Full steam ahead” is the battle cry of Marcus Budgen, the soon-to-be head of the medals department at Spink. He is due to replace David Erskine-Hill who is leaving that role following an ‘offer he can’t refuse’ – to be the curator of the best collection of Victoria Crosses in the world.

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Budgen to head medals department at Spink

07 May 2018

Marcus Budgen is to head the Spink medals department after the departure of David Erskine-Hill.

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Spink specialist takes role as Lord Ashcroft’s medals curator

23 April 2018

Spink medals specialist David Erskine-Hill is leaving to take over as Lord Ashcroft’s medals curator on the retirement of Michael Naxton.

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Sterling silver Hermès handbag makes auction record at Spink in Hong Kong

23 April 2018

The highlight of the inaugural handbag auction held by Spink in Hong Kong was a sterling silver Hermès Kelly handbag.

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Chocks away for RAF centenary events at Spink

16 April 2018

To mark the centenary of the founding of the Royal Air Force, London auction house Spink is holding a special public exhibition featuring medals and relics on loan from prominent collectors.

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Surge in market earning its wings

16 April 2018

Spink specialist observes extra interest ahead of sale marking centenary of RAF’s founding.

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Handbags in Hong Kong for coin and stamp specialist Spink

12 March 2018

Coins, banknotes and stamps specialist Spink has expanded its sales programme into the growing auction sector of luxury handbags.

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Spink-sponsored British Museum exhibition aims to bring numismatics to the public

20 February 2018

The British Museum is to hold an exhibition on money and medals in a tie-up with specialist London coin and stamp auction Spink.

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Coin-grading firm ties with Spink as Royal Mint provides valuation service

19 February 2018

Coin-grading firm The Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) has expanded again in the UK and will open an office in London in April on the third floor of dealership Spink’s headquarters.

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Heads and tails of London’s coin market

12 February 2018

Almost a quarter of a century since ATG’s first overview of the numismatic market, ATG reviews the comings and goings of 2017

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London numismatic highlights of 2017 - from a 1839 Una and the Lion five pound coin to the Smart collection of banknotes

12 February 2018

A coin that a set a record for a British five pound piece features among the hammer highlights for coins and banknotes sold across the year at auction.

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Victoria Cross sells for auction record at Morton & Eden and further VC sales are coming up at fellow London salerooms Dix Noonan Webb and Spink

30 November 2017

Victoria Crosses are not exactly that rare at auction, despite being the highest British award for gallantry. However, the unique tales of bravery ensure demand is always high, as evident from the auction record just set at London saleroom Morton & Eden.

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Auction of Victoria Cross at Spink marks Passchendaele centenary

13 November 2017

“I died in hell – they called it Passchendaele,” Siegfried Sassoon famously wrote of the First World War carnage which ended in November 1917.

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Sir Christopher Lee lifetime honours and awards come to auction

05 October 2017

He was famous for film roles such as Dracula in Hammer Horror movies, Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun, Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man, Saruman in Lord of the Rings and Count Dooku in Star Wars. But Sir Christopher Lee’s role in the Second World War is also highlighted in a collection of his awards on offer at Spink on November 1.

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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