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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Coins & medals latest sales figures

14 February 2022

The sales figures and market share of the top London auction houses in 2021

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Hird’s Elizabethan treasures set house record for Spink's coin department

14 February 2022

Spink offered 52 coins from one of the ‘lost’ parcels of Alderman Horace Hird (1899-1973), former president of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society.

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Una and the Lion coin turns head at St James’s Auctions

14 February 2022

The most cherished coin from the reign of Victoria is the 1839 gold £5 piece by William Wyon.

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Briot’s pattern unite

14 February 2022

The sale at Sovereign Rarities on September 21 included this Charles I (1625-49), silver pattern unite (20 shillings) dated 1630.

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A £5 cameo from George IV

14 February 2022

Stamps specialist Harmers is a newcomer to London numismatic sales.

Henry III penny

Henry III gold penny is ‘best ever’ coin find

31 January 2022

A newly discovered Henry III ‘gold penny’, one of the most fabled coins in all of British numismatics, has sold for £540,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium).

Japanese Meiji 10-yen coin

Pick of the week: Meiji 10 yen pattern coin takes £260,000

24 January 2022

Rare Japanese Meiji gold coin emerges at auction in West Sussex

The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

Plea to help track down stolen coins after machete-wielding thieves strike at Solihull fair

18 January 2022

A group of coins were stolen from the London & Midland Coin Fairs taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum earlier this month.

New England coins

‘Sweet tin’ silver shilling brings £220,000

06 December 2021

The finest-known example of a New England shilling sold for £220,000 at Morton & Eden in London on November 26 (plus 20% buyer’s premium).

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Elizabethan sovereigns fit into white glove

29 November 2021

A single-owner collection of 33 sovereigns from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I generated a white-glove result at London auction house Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).

Anglo Saxon coin hoard

‘Largest ever’ Anglo-Saxon coin hoard discovered in UK

08 November 2021

The largest ever Anglo-Saxon gold coin hoard discovered in the UK has been declared treasure after a complex inquest into the case.

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Anglo-Saxon coins come to auction via caravan and bank vault

01 November 2021

An “extremely rare” gold Thrymsa, or shilling, dating from 640-660 and minted in Northumbria or York, was the highlight of a pensioner’s collection of Anglo-Saxon coins sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries (27% buyer’s premium inc VAT) on October 3.

Edward VIII proof pattern £5 gold coin

Edward VIII proof pattern breaks its own auction record for a British coin

28 October 2021

The auction record for a British coin has been broken again by the same coin that set a new benchmark just seven months ago.

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Stonemasons struck gold in house discovery

18 October 2021

Coin hoard dispersed in white-glove auction.

Afflictorum Conservatrix groat

Pick of the week: Follow the Hird for an Elizabethan extravaganza

11 October 2021

A group of 52 Tudor, Stuart and Commonwealth England hammered gold coins rediscovered after 60 years shine at auction.

1935 silver jubilee proof

Greek dealer offers £100,000 reward for stolen coins

02 October 2021

Coins and collectables dealer SVcollector in Athens suffered a theft of its coins from a hotel room in London following the Coinex fair.

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Golden discovery brings coin hoard to market

20 September 2021

Cache of 17th century coins found during restoration of medieval home in Brittany

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George III ultra cameo coin comes to Harmers

06 September 2021

Although an auction house since 1918, stamps specialist Harmers is a relative newcomer to the London numismatic sales.

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Silver celebration of a treasured plant at Baldwin’s

06 September 2021

Cyrene, founded by Greeks c.631BC in the uplands near present-day Shahhat in Libya, reached the height of its prosperity in the 5th century BC.

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Coins: Inside knowledge as major fair set to open this month

06 September 2021

With Coinex set to be the first major indoor ‘antiques’ fair staged in London since March 2020, we take a look at the prestigious event plus auctions planned to coincide

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