Noble Investments plc, owners of A.H. Baldwin, the coin dealers and auctioneers, have announced that £2.2m in commissions due from “a significant Qatari collector” remains unpaid.
The announcement, made as part of an
otherwise upbeat release of a positive set of results, stated that
the directors remained confident that the sums owed would be paid
in full, but that they were taking legal advice in order to protect
They also announced that they had not
released the coins purchased by the Qatari collector connected with
the non-payment. "We will issue further updates in due course but,
as stated above, we will continue to retain the coins until such
time as payment is received," they reassured shareholders.
The auctioneers were able to point to strong
sales at Coinex in September, together with a world record for an
English or Australian coin - the £650,000 taken for the George V
1920 Sydney mint Sovereign on September 27.
The share price closed 1.02% up on the day at 188.9p.