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Fabled Una and the Lion proof set returns to auction

21 September 2020

A celebrated Una and the Lion proof set minted in the first year of Queen Victoria’s reign returns to auction next month.

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Market proof: Queen Anne five guineas piece from 1705 sells for £220,000 at Spink

21 September 2020

Choice specimens of the rarest English coins are reaching new financial territory.

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Maintaining a gold standard: Coins market focus

21 September 2020

Coinex, the traditional autumn focus for the numismatic world, is cancelled this year.

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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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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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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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Rare Edward VIII sovereign sets new British coin record at £1m

17 January 2020

A UK private collector has paid £1m for a 22ct Edward VIII coin, helping the 1937 sovereign regain its place as what is believed to be the most expensive British coin.

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Rare King Edward VIII coin makes UK auction record

26 September 2019

A UK auction record for a copper coin was set this week when a rare Edward VIII 1937 pattern penny sold at Spink & Son.

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