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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Bidding to go behind enemy lines

21 August 2017

Operations behind enemy lines was the theme linking two special forces medals groups sold by London auction house Spink (20% buyer’s premium) on July 26.

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Not amused – but happy to crochet

17 July 2017

While it is well known that Queen Victoria sent her troops tins of chocolate boxes for Christmas in the second Boer War (1899-1902), the eight scarves she personally crocheted to send to individual soldiers are not so familiar.

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Scarf crocheted by Queen Victoria for a humble British Army sergeant comes to auction

03 July 2017

The popular image of Queen Victoria in the latter days is of a sombre, dressed in mourning black, unsmiling monarch who was definitely not amused. However, an intriguing item coming up at auction shows her compassionate, caring side.

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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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First European paper money up at auction in Spink in New York

13 December 2016

Plastic money has been a bone of contention recently thanks to the strange revelation that the new UK £5 notes include animal fat. But one day the polymer notes will surely be as normal and accepted as the existing paper examples, assuming physical money has not all but disappeared anyway by then.

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Medal specialist David Erskine-Hill returns to Spink

09 December 2016

Medals specialist David Erskine-Hill has left Dix Noonan Webb to rejoin former employer Spink.

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New and old fivers attract bidders at Spink

20 October 2016

The excitement around the new polymer fivers, which were launched by the Bank of England last month, helped boost interest in new and old £5 notes for philatelic and numismatic specialists Spink.

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Rare American ‘Inverted Jenny’ stamp recovered

18 April 2016

A rare American stamp stolen in 1955 in one of the most famous thefts in philatelic history has been recovered after turning up at Spink.

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Three medal experts defect from Spink to DNW

13 April 2016

Three leading specialists in orders, decorations and medals are leaving Spink to join rival London firm Dix Noonan Webb.

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‘Overvalued’ Dark Age hoard comes to auction

24 March 2015

A remarkable hoard of coins shedding light on the power struggles between Vikings and Anglo-Saxons has come onto the open market in a highly unusual sale.

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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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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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Spink show recalls WWI’s first VCs

08 September 2014

Spink are reuniting the first two Victoria Crosses awarded during the First World War as part of a unique exhibition focusing upon the first four months of the conflict.

Spink unveil new Hong Kong operation

14 August 2014

Spink have unveiled their new Hong Kong operation, dubbed Spink China, with the first sale, focused on wines and spirits, set for August 20.

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Chamberlain’s other piece of paper

11 August 2014

The ‘piece of paper’ waved by Neville Chamberlain on his return from meeting Hitler in 1938 must count as one of the most infamous documents in history.

£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.

Spink stop coin dealing to focus on auctions

25 November 2013

Spink have decided to give up their retail coins operation in order to focus all efforts on auctions and private treaty sales.

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Spink commit to Far East focus as CEO relocates

04 October 2013

In what they are describing as a first for a global auction house, Spink are taking the significant step of locating their boss in Hong Kong.

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The ‘finest fighting’ medal takes £115,000 at Spink

05 August 2013

A medal given to a remarkable sailor who was given the honour of conveying Napoleon to exile in Elba in 1813 as a reward for his daring exploits in the Royal Navy has made a record price.

New appointments as Spink expand east and west

26 November 2012

Spink have announced a series of developments aimed at reinforcing the company’s global standing with a particular emphasis on New York.

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