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.


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Stanley Gibbons unveils refurbished Strand showroom

26 June 2020

Stanley Gibbons Group, which runs philately auctioneer-dealer Stanley Gibbons, numismatic dealership Baldwin’s and auction joint venture Baldwin’s of St James’s, will shortly reopen its newly refurbished shop and head office at 399 Strand in central London.

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Pick of the week: Shedding golden light on an Iron Age ruler

25 May 2020

The original names of the gold coins used by the indigenous tribes of Celtic Britain are unknown but collectors have dubbed them staters after the Greek coins that inspired them.

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Edward the Martyr penny found in ‘remarkable condition’ sells at DNW

27 April 2020

A silver penny of the boy king Edward the Martyr – the teenager who ruled Saxon Britain in the 10th century and was later venerated as a saint – has sold to a UK collector for £9000 at Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).

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ATG letter: Two kilos – that’s a tiddler of a coin

27 April 2020

MADAM – Re: your report on the sycee sold at auction in Germany (International, ATG No 2438).

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Metal detectorist discovers Edward the Martyr Saxon boy king silver penny

16 April 2020

A metal detectorist who was ready to give up for the day after finding only three .22 lead bullets then got another signal in the same area and dug down about five inches deeper.

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Silver penny from brief reign of forgotten Anglo-Saxon king now worth £32,000

16 March 2020

A silver penny of Ludica, a virtually unknown Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia, has sold for £32,000.

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New discovery of coin marking the end of silver offered at Baldwin’s

09 March 2020

As the Standard Catalogue of British Coins points out, this tiny denomination, the George VI silver threepence dated 1945 , essentially marks the end of the silver coinage and the beginning of modern coins made of copper-nickel and brass.

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Example of silver Shekel which became symbol of revolt offered in Germany

02 March 2020

Just under 600 lots in the extensive March 16-20 auction at Künker in Osnabrück come from the Samel collection. This highly important collection was put together by Josef Samel and his sister Angela Arluk, who were born in Poland, but settled in Munich after the war.

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Silver medal celebrating Jacobite defeat emerges at Munich auction

02 March 2020

A silver medal on offer at Gorny & Mosch in Munich on March 9-10 commemorates the last pitched battle fought on the British mainland.

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UK auction record for a copper coin at Spink

10 February 2020

A UK auction record for a copper coin was set on September 24 when a rare Edward VIII 1937 pattern penny sold at Spink for £111,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium). The coin was made as a trial, ahead of the king’s abdication in December 1936, and was never released for circulation.

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Silver coin with echos of Spartacus sold at London auction

10 February 2020

This silver denarius from 43BC is struck to one side with a youthful male of Quintus Arrius, who was praetor in 72BC and propraetor in 71BC.

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James I gold rose ryal sells at Baldwin’s St James

10 February 2020

This ‘superb’ rose ryal, produced during the third coinage of James I in 1619-20, sold for £34,000 at Baldwin’s of St James (20% buyer’s premium).

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Coin from the brief reign of Allectus turns heads at Dix Noonan Webb

10 February 2020

Found in a newly ploughed field close to a Roman road near Dover early in 2019, this gold aureus is one of just 24 recognised from the brief reign of Allectus (293-296AD).

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Record annual total and sales volume for London's numismatic auction houses

10 February 2020

A record take of £48m and a one-third increase in the number of lots available to bidders – ATG reviews a healthy 2019 for London numismatic saleroom

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Engraver Wyon’s work at its best

10 February 2020

This silver half crown proof from 1839 sold for £6000 at London Coin Auctions (20% buyer’s premium).

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Umayyad gold dinar equalled auction record for an Islamic coin

10 February 2020

This rare Umayyad gold dinar dated 105AH (723AD) equalled the auction record for an Islamic coin (or any coin sold in Europe) when it was hammered down at £3.1m at Morton & Eden (20% buyer’s premium).

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Henry VIII gold coin makes £110,000 at Sovereign Rarities' joint auction with The Royal Mint

10 February 2020

Sovereign Rarities (20% buyer’s premium) conducted its second joint auction with The Royal Mint in the second half of last year.

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Coin with double image of Irene of Athens sold at TimeLine Auctions

10 February 2020

This gold solidus struck in Constantinople features the double portrait of Irene of Athens (c.752-803) who from 797-802 became the first empress regnant of the Byzantine empire.

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Best of British milled coins strike it rich at Big Apple sales

03 February 2020

Affirming the strength of the market for the best British milled coins, two exceptional English gold issues were among the top prices of this year’s New York International Numismatic Convention auctions.

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Rare Mughal coin spotted hanging on a bracelet sells for £248,000

27 January 2020

Discovered hanging on a gold charm bracelet, a rare Mughal coin has sold for Can$420,000 (£248,000) at a Canadian auction house.

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