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.


Spink now have a musical string to their bow

12 October 2006

Spink have added musical instruments to their portfolio by taking an equity stake in Brompton’s Auctioneers. They will operate from Spink’s newly expanded premises at 29 Southampton Row in London WC1, starting with a sale on November 6.

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Spink set new English coin record with £400,000 for Double Leopard

04 July 2006

There was nothing dull or predictable about the coin sale at Spink on June 29 when an expectant crowd gathered to witness the sale of one of the rarest of English Medieval coins: the gold Double Leopard florin of Edward III which was minted for only a few months in 1344.

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I promise to pay the bearer on demand – £48,000

03 May 2006

All Bank of England banknotes issued prior to the early 1800s are rare but the note, pictured here, dated 30 August 1705, is believed to be the oldest in private hands.

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Double leopard discovery

27 March 2006

Following its recent discovery by a metal detectorist in the south of England, one of Britain’s rarest medieval coins is to be sold by London numismatists Spink.

Spink cap £19.7m year with new acquisition

23 January 2006

Leading numismatic auctioneers and dealers Spink have announced the acquisition of B.J. Dawson Coins. Brian Dawson, who opened his first shop in Bolton, Lancashire and has over 40 years’ experience in the coin trade, will join the firm as director of the coin dealing business for Spink.

Spink chief joins Dreweatt Neate group

14 December 2005

PAUL Barthaud, who has just stepped down as executive director of Spink, is the new chief operating officer for the Fine Art Auction Group.

Spink warrant

18 October 2005

London coin and stamp specialists Spink have been awarded an additional Royal Warrant for their services in philately.

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Fascinating world of the five-guinea piece

31 May 2005

The specialist British sale held by Spink (15% buyer’s premium) on May 5 consisted exclusively of the collection formed by Samuel King.

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Commando who gave snipers the bird

18 January 2005

The last day of November saw a 633-lot sale at Spink (15% buyer’s premium). In all, this was a very successful sale; the failure rate being a negligible three per cent. The total was £415,486.

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Coenwulf is king again as unique penny takes £200,000

13 October 2004

RIGHT: London auctioneers Spink’s pre-sale billing of this Anglo Saxon gold penny as ”the most important discovery in British numismatics for many years” gained tangible endorsement last week when they sold it for £200,000 – a new record for an English coin.

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Spink’s Saxon marvel

22 September 2004

IT’S been billed as the most important discovery in British numismatics for many years. Now the London auction house Spink are to offer the first newly-discovered Anglo-Saxon gold penny to come to light for almost a century.

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Griffiths sale sends out the pagans and nobles

10 August 2004

THE energy with which Spink pursue their business was made manifest on July 15 when they crammed in another sale which has not been part of their auction schedule in recent years. The total take was £250,850 and, although it was a 519-lot general sale, it offered several homogeneous sections. In all, it taught us really quite a lot about the state of the London coin market.

Radical design tends to reflect the politics of the age

27 May 2004

IN this busy spring season – the busiest for some years – Spink’s have been batting hard. March 31 saw a fine sale which netted £626,750. But, not content with that, they fielded another 632-lot sale a fortnight later, on April 15. Again this sale referred mainly to British and related coins. However, the first 131 lots were devoted to the ancient world.

A wing and a prayer

27 May 2004

SALES of Victoria Cross groups continue to set new auction records.

Marshalling the bidding

13 May 2004

THIS spring season Spink’s have had some hard-hitting sales and it has to be said that the market for the best British material has become very buoyant over the last year or so.

Law change creates headache for coin trade

15 April 2004

THE new money-laundering laws appear inadvertently to have created a problem for the coin trade.

Valour revalued

18 December 2003

The date of November 5 seemed apt for Spink’s (17.65% buyer’s premium) 623-lot sale of Orders, Decorations Campaign Medals and Militaria (ODM), the fireworks of Guy Fawkes Day recalling the whizz-bangs and crashes of wartime when many of these medals were won. Some of these bangs and crashes left themselves to metaphor, as records were falling all over the place.

Essential reading…

11 December 2003

Coins of England and the United Kingdom published by Spink. ISBN 1902040562 £18 hb

Spink sell in Paris

09 December 2003

Spink are hoping to hold more sales in France following the success of their first foray into the French auction world. The November 17 sale of the La Fayette Collection, considered to be among France's most important stamp collections, produced a series of landmark prices, including the €820,000 (plus premium) paid for the 1 franc vermillion, a four-stamp tête-bêche, the most expensive French stamp ever sold at auction.

Spink to hold their first Paris auction

29 September 2003

Spink will hold their first ever sale in Paris on November 17 when they offer the La Fayette collection of stamps. Following a seven-month acceptance process, Spink have now joined the select band of outside auctioneers licensed to sell in the French capital.

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