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Five pounds now valued at €700,000 plus

17 May 2021

Among the coins being offered for sale by the specialist numismatic auction firm MDC Monaco on June 12 is this exceptionally rare Australian gold five pounds coin.

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$1.9m record for British coin set in Dallas

05 April 2021

The record for a British coin has been broken again with the sale at Heritage Auctions in Dallas of an Edward VIII proof pattern £5 for $1.9m (£1.39m).

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Designer Stuart Weitzman’s treasures at Sotheby’s could set records for any coin and stamp

16 March 2021

Sotheby’s is staging a three-lot sale of exceptional items from the collection of luxury shoe designer Stuart Weitzman this summer.

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‘Fake’ coin proves to be the €210,000 real deal

01 March 2021

Gold coin rejected at first but now identified as once owned by renowned Russian collector

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Detecting an Iron Age record

15 February 2021

Showing that not all the best UK numismatic action takes place in London, the first known gold coin of Caratacus – unearthed by a metal detectorist a year earlier in a Berkshire field – sold at auction for a record £71,000 an auction in Norwich.

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Landmark Islamic gold dinar sold at Morton & Eden

15 February 2021

After striking a few coins in both gold and silver which were still closely related to Byzantine and Sasanian prototypes, ‘Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan ibn al-Hakam, the fifth Umayyad caliph, ruling from 685-705AD (65-86H), made a clean break with the pre-Islamic past and introduced a completely new gold coinage in 77H.

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Twelfth century coin dug up by metal detectorist sells at £14,000

15 February 2021

This coin, from the period known as ‘The Anarchy’, was discovered by a metal detectorist in a Yorkshire field in March.

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Coin from the reign of Catuvellauni leader Agr sold at Timeline

15 February 2021

The numismatic department of TimeLine is a small but important part of the auction house’s activities in the related disciplines of antiquities and medieval works of art.

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Monarchs conjoined on a rare coin

15 February 2021

This William and Mary Five Guineas piece from 1693 features conjoined busts of joint monarchs.

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Welcoming the Ides of March

15 February 2021

Roma Numismatics set a new record for a classical coin when a Brutus Eid Mar-type gold aureus, struck shortly after the murder of Julius Caesar, took £2.7m in October.

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Spink's sale of Stratos collection led by Queen Anne five guineas piece

15 February 2021

This Queen Anne (1702-14) five guineas piece from 1705 sold for £220,000 (estimate £100,000-120,000) to top the Stratos collection of English gold coins offered by Spink on September 15.

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Harmers cashes in on the Regency golden age

15 February 2021

The 1826 £5 piece was the highest denomination in the coinage of the George IV and was not issued for general circulation. The epitome of Regency design, the reverse features the royal shield while the obverse designed by William Wyon features the bare head portrait.

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Silver penny that rewrote Mercian history makes £32,000 at auction

15 February 2021

This silver penny struck for Ludeca, a short-lived king of Mercia who ruled from 826-7, was found at Combe Bissett, Wiltshire, in 2016.

New York style Brasher doubloon coin

$7.8m gold coin auction record for fabled Brasher dubloon

08 February 2021

A 1787 New York-style Brasher doubloon, perhaps the most celebrated issue in US numismatics, has set a new auction record for a gold coin.

Cromwellian gold 50 shilling piece

Record for Cromwellian coin is set by 50 shilling piece

01 February 2021

The fourth and final part of the North Yorkshire Moors collection of coins and medals included some exceptional examples from the Interregnum.

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Henry III coin strikes gold in US saleroom

25 January 2021

One of only a handful of known examples of Henry III’s gold penny – one of the most fabled coins in all of British numismatics – sold for $720,000 (£554,000) at auction in Dallas last week.

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Bidders on the scent of an 1810 ‘classic head’ US coin

11 January 2021

Some of the best US coin discoveries are today made in the UK.

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More ‘treasure’ likely to be unearthed in 2021

21 December 2020

A notable source of ancient coins and historical jewellery appearing on the market in 2020 has been the soil. It is the success of the Portable Antiquities Scheme that finders of ‘treasure’ are now encouraged to declare discoveries and share the proceeds of sales with the landowner.

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Gold stater of king Caratacus sets auction record for a British Iron Age coin

23 November 2020

David Sear, author of Roman Coins and their Values, called it “among the most exciting numismatic discoveries of the 21st century, if not of all time”.

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Bawden’s decimal coin design makes a Mint

28 September 2020

Edward Bawden (1903-89) was one of a number of artists invited to submit designs ahead of Britain’s changeover to decimal coinage. Designs were invited for six coins: the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p pieces.

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