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.


Why it’s very nice to meet you

12 July 2021

Dealers and auctioneers breathe sighs of relief as London Coin Fair returns as physical event. Report by Rachel Fellman.

Buy a share in the world’s most expensive stamp

14 June 2021

Stanley Gibbons, the buyer of the world’s most expensive stamp at Sotheby’s New York last week, said it plans to “democratise” its ownership by inviting the public to buy shares in it.

Five pounds now valued at €700,000 plus

17 May 2021

Among the coins being offered for sale by the specialist numismatic auction firm MDC Monaco on June 12 is this exceptionally rare Australian gold five pounds coin.

Coin auction houses end four-year joint venture

12 April 2021

London coin specialists Baldwin’s and St James’ Auctions have ended their tie-up after four years.

$1.9m record for British coin set in Dallas

05 April 2021

The record for a British coin has been broken again with the sale at Heritage Auctions in Dallas of an Edward VIII proof pattern £5 for $1.9m (£1.39m).

Lorry driver sentenced after Bulgarian coins and antiquities seized at Dover

24 March 2021

A Bulgarian man has been jailed for two years after antiquities estimated to be worth more than £76,000 were found in his lorry by Border Force in Dover, Kent.

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Designer Stuart Weitzman’s treasures at Sotheby’s could set records for any coin and stamp

16 March 2021

Sotheby’s is staging a three-lot sale of exceptional items from the collection of luxury shoe designer Stuart Weitzman this summer.

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‘Fake’ coin proves to be the €210,000 real deal

01 March 2021

Gold coin rejected at first but now identified as once owned by renowned Russian collector

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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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Detecting an Iron Age record

15 February 2021

Showing that not all the best UK numismatic action takes place in London, the first known gold coin of Caratacus – unearthed by a metal detectorist a year earlier in a Berkshire field – sold at auction for a record £71,000 an auction in Norwich.

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Landmark Islamic gold dinar sold at Morton & Eden

15 February 2021

After striking a few coins in both gold and silver which were still closely related to Byzantine and Sasanian prototypes, ‘Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan ibn al-Hakam, the fifth Umayyad caliph, ruling from 685-705AD (65-86H), made a clean break with the pre-Islamic past and introduced a completely new gold coinage in 77H.

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Twelfth century coin dug up by metal detectorist sells at £14,000

15 February 2021

This coin, from the period known as ‘The Anarchy’, was discovered by a metal detectorist in a Yorkshire field in March.

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Coin from the reign of Catuvellauni leader Agr sold at Timeline

15 February 2021

The numismatic department of TimeLine is a small but important part of the auction house’s activities in the related disciplines of antiquities and medieval works of art.

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Monarchs conjoined on a rare coin

15 February 2021

This William and Mary Five Guineas piece from 1693 features conjoined busts of joint monarchs.

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Welcoming the Ides of March

15 February 2021

Roma Numismatics set a new record for a classical coin when a Brutus Eid Mar-type gold aureus, struck shortly after the murder of Julius Caesar, took £2.7m in October.

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Spink's sale of Stratos collection led by Queen Anne five guineas piece

15 February 2021

This Queen Anne (1702-14) five guineas piece from 1705 sold for £220,000 (estimate £100,000-120,000) to top the Stratos collection of English gold coins offered by Spink on September 15.

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Harmers cashes in on the Regency golden age

15 February 2021

The 1826 £5 piece was the highest denomination in the coinage of the George IV and was not issued for general circulation. The epitome of Regency design, the reverse features the royal shield while the obverse designed by William Wyon features the bare head portrait.

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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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Elizabeth I sovereign among highlights of Comber collection sold at Baldwin’s of St James’s

15 February 2021

Starting his collection with a 1568 sixpence purchased in Swanage in 1957, marine insurance broker Christopher Comber (1944-2019) formed a remarkable collection of Elizabeth I coins.

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