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Coins discovered under kitchen floor in Yorkshire home sell for over £600,000 at auction

15 October 2022

A group of coins found under the floor of an 18th century house in Yorkshire have sold at Spink.

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Alexander’s distater – the spoils of conquest

12 September 2022

Alexander the Great’s conquest of the Persian Achaemenid empire delivered into his hands a vast wealth.

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Gold from buttons

12 September 2022

The Premier Sale held by St James’s Auctions on September 22 includes this gold half guinea token with a ‘phoenix from the flames’ motif made for Wilson and Younge of Sheffield in 1812.

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Top stories this week – including news of a gold coin hoard discovered under a kitchen floor

11 September 2022

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a family making an extraordinary find while re-laying the kitchen floor at their North Yorkshire home.

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Bonhams closes coins and medals department

11 July 2022

Bonhams has closed its coin and medals department in London and specialist John Millensted will now work as a consultant to the firm.

Una and the Lion

Sale season off to a roaring start in Germany

14 March 2022

The most cherished coin from the reign of Victoria proved popular at a German saleroom

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).

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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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.

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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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Charles I coin with ‘bare head’ bust emerges at Sovereign Rarities

06 September 2021

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

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One of the first coins struck in North America offered at Morton & Eden

06 September 2021

A tin of coins and medals consigned to Morton & Eden’s autumn sale included a number of early pieces from the American colonial period.

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Coin showing formidable Roman rival in his pomp offered at Roma Numismatics

06 September 2021

Mithradates VI was ruler of the Hellenistic kingdom of Pontus in northern Anatolia from 120-63BC and one of the Roman republic’s most formidable and determined opponents.

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Newark-minted ‘money of necessity’ at Dix Noonan Webb

06 September 2021

Siege money or ‘money of necessity’ was minted in Newark in 1646 during the town’s third siege and the last year of the First English Civil War.

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Insurance broker's remarkable Elizabethan rarities offered at St James’s Auctions

06 September 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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