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Press Release - 14 July 2014

+44 (0)20 7495 9494| Harriette Moore | harriette@baldwin.co.uk

THE FIRST PURELY ISLAMIC COIN
is Auctioned in London at A.H.Baldwin & Sons Ltd

The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar, will be drawing in the collectors at A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd.'s forthcoming Islamic Coin Auction 26. The sale will be held on Wednesday 6 August 2014 in London.

Graham Byfield, Islamic Coin specialist at A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd said: "For collectors in the field of Islamic numismatics, the Umayyad 77h Dinar is the most desirable coin ever struck, guaranteeing the importance of any Islamic Coin collection. Together with the 127h and a wide ranging selection of medieval Islamic coinage, the Umayyad 77h maintains Baldwin's profile as world class numismatic auctioneers and dealers in this field. We wait with excitement for the 6 August to see these exceptional coins reach the market."

The Umayyad 77h is the most sought-after Islamic coin, whose legends and design set the pattern for centuries to come. This extremely fine example is estimated to achieve £150,000-180,000 [Lot 45]

The sale also includes the Arab world section from the spectacular Åke Lindén collection. True to form for this amazing collection, this section features a near comprehensive listing of coins from the Arab nations for 1850-1950.

Of particular interest to serious collectors will be the rare high denomination Gold from Yemen, including the Al-Mutawakkil Yahya bin Muhammad (1322-1367h / 1904-1948), Gold presentation 5-Lira (1-Riyal) 1344h, estimate at £4,000-6,000 [Lot 886].

The Modern Islamic Coin section also includes very rare gold coins from Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Syria and a wonderful run of Turkish mint visit 500-Kurush, including Manastir 1327h, year 3, estimated at £12,000-15,000 [Lot 809] and Salonika 1327h, year 3 also estimated at £12,0007#45;15,000 [Lot 810]. Seldom available, the collection of modern Arab coinage is without question the best to come to the market in many years.

The auction will be held on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at CIPFA, 3 Robert Street, London. The catalogue is available to view online at www.baldwin.co.uk. For more information and viewing times please contact auctions@baldwin.co.uk

~ENDS~

Notes

With a history dating back to 1872 Baldwin's is one of the largest and longest established Numismatic dealers and auction houses in the world. Our dedicated team of specialists have over 300 years combined experience covering all areas of numismatics including English, Ancient and Foreign coins, military and commemorative medals, tokens, books and banknotes.

Launched in 1993 Baldwin's auction department has grown from strength to strength hosting more than eighteen prestigious international auctions each year in London, New York and Hong Kong. The merger of Baldwin's with Noble Investments (UK) PLC in 2005, and the acquisition in early 2008 of Apex Philatelics. and of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, has seen the company expand to become a formidable market player offering a complete package for any collector of coins, stamps, fine art and collectables. In more recent times (2013), Baldwin's has become a part of the Stanley Gibbons Group plc and is now a more powerful London Stock Exchange listed collectables retailer and 'top 5' UK auctioneer.

Established in 1856, The Stanley Gibbons Group plc is the world's leading rare stamp and prestige collectibles merchant with offices in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Channel Islands.

Holders of the Royal Warrant as philatelists since 1914 and AIM-listed in London, the Group is debt-free and has shown consistent double-digit EBIT growth through the recent economic downturn in the UK and Europe.

Estimates do not include buyer’s premium and prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium.

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