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Both dealers and auction houses exhibit at the fair with a series of auction sales held before and during the event to capitalise on the influx of serious collectors to London. This year sales will be held by Dix Noonan Webb, Baldwin’s of St James’s, Spink and, for the first time, Sovereign Rarities in association with The Royal Mint.

The quota of British hammered and milled coins is particularly strong.

Record prices have been achieved in this field for the best examples in recent years.

The fair returns to the Millennium Hotel on Grosvenor Square after a year at County Hall when the hotel was closed for renovation. Nearly 100 organisations (including dealers from outside the BNTA membership) were invited to last year’s larger venue. However, this year after some debate among the BNTA Council the event returns with around 65 stands to the ballroom of the refurbished Millennium – now rebranded the Biltmore Mayfair and boasting five-star status. Admission is free except for the VIP preview (from Friday 10-12am) when entry is £30.

This is the place to meet the best dealers and auctioneers in the British market and an opportunity for exhibitors to nurture a collecting base always in need of new blood.