A newly established firm of numismatic auctioneers, Wilkes & Curtis, are aiming to break into the marketplace by offering a fixed buyer’s premium of 10%.
The business brings together Tim Wilkes, who left Baldwin's in
2007 and became an independent dealer specialising in Islamic,
Indian, and Medieval coins, and Matthew Curtis who previously
worked as Baldwin's as auction manager.
The firm have a specific focus on Islamic and Indian coins and
will be offering a regular calendar of four online-only auctions a
year with the first offering more than 500 lots and closing on June
As well as the reduced level of buyer's premium, Wilkes &
Curtis are aiming to offer transparent selling services with
simple fixed fees and no hidden extras.
Tim Wilkes said: "Both Matthew and I are passionate about the
numismatic industry and about keeping the traditional values alive,
whilst offering our global client base the opportunity to embrace
new technologies, and a modern approach to auctioneering."
Matthew Curtis added: "As members of the IAPN and the BNTA, we
recognise that our international buyers and vendors will expect the
high standards of traditional service they would receive from any
global auction house. We believe our modern approach to keeping
costs low will ensure we can offer both new and existing clients a
top-quality service, at the best possible price."
Among the consignments to the first sale is a rare Umayyad gold
Dinar from 726AD, estimated at £10,000-12,000, and a medal believed
to have been presented as a souvenir to Tunisian ruler Muhammad
al-Habib Bey during his 1923 visit to the Paris Mint which is
estimated at £14,000-16,000.
The auction also features a 75 lot-collection of coins from
Morocco including a silver 10-Dirham coin of 'Abd al-'Aziz, minted
in Berlin* in 1313h (1895-1896 AD), a fine example estimated to
sell for £400-500.
*Moroccan coins from this period were minted not only in Fes but
also in Berlin, Paris, Birmingham, and London in order to help the
fragile sovereign state protect its threatened investments.
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