Commodus is probably best known for his appearance in the 2000 film, Gladiator. Though quite inaccurate, the film may actually have captured his wild, cruel side quite well. Commodus has received mixed reviews in history. He is seen as a mad emperor who indulged in the excitement of the Roman games. Popular with the masses, but hated by the Senate. The polar opposite of his father, the great Marcus Aurelius, Commodus is known to have appeared in the Colosseum, but rather than just spectating, he would actually get involved in the melee – though he would always win any fight.Read More
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22 August 2017
21 August 2017
The Catuvellauni inhabited the modern day counties of South Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.Read More
The large diameter of the Histamenion offered Byzantine die engravers the opportunity to produce elaborate depictions of the Jesus Christ.Read More
21 August 2017
The gold solidus was introduced by the emperor Constantine I. It was a new gold coin for a new era in Roman history – the Christian Era.Read More
21 August 2017
A devastating earthquake ravaged the city of Antioch in Syria in AD 115. An estimated 7.5 on the Richter scale, it caused a tremendous loss of life.Read More
21 August 2017
Electrum coins were abandoned by most city-states when silver became the preferred metal for the majority of coinage.Read More
23 May 2017
With the UK General Election looming, it’s an excellent opportunity to look back on democracy in history. It might be a surprise that the Romans embraced a democracy of sorts. It had restrictions, and only a small fraction of people living under Roman control could actually vote, but during the Roman Republic, citizens of Rome had the opportunity to cast their vote for various administrative positions in government.Read More
With the new one pound coin finally in circulation, we go back in time to explore the history of counterfeiting - particularly in ancient Britain.Read More
21 November 2016
Baldwin’s are delighted to announce the arrival of their new Managing Director, Neil Paisley. Neil joins from Colin Cooke Coins, where he has worked for more than twenty years, the last ten of which were as Director.
After giving him a few weeks to get to know everyone and find his feet, we managed to drag him out of the famous Baldwin’s basement and subject him to a few questions…Read More
11 October 2016
The 35th annual Token Congress was held this weekend at the Hilton Hotel in Northampton.
Delegates travelled from all over the world to contribute to a fantastic weekend celebrating all things token. Over 100 token enthusiasts attended this year's event, engaging in three days of lectures, auctions, dealing, and beer....Read More
23 September 2016
The Commemorative Medal is one of numismatics most interesting areas. A Commemorative Medal will hold much of the lustre and aesthetic beauty of a coin (often much more so), and they can also be comparatively inexpensive. The appeal can go further than that too – a coin, of course, will speak of history: what happened in the year or geographical region that it was minted; the reign of a particular Monarch; the dominance and fall of an Empire.
With coins, each singular item points to a significant historical age or a period of importance to the individual collector. And of course that can be anything from the Ancient Greek Civilisation to the reign of Charles II of England.
In the case of the commemorative medal, that historical period is vastly refined.....Read More
15 September 2016
It is a fact that Military History is illustrated with countless tales of heroism and bravery beyond the imaginings of those who have never seen action. Feats that challenge the roles of ‘everyday’ lives; exploits that amaze and inspire; deeds immortalised in book and in film.
We’ve all seen them – the major Hollywood Blockbuster. An intrepid hero in his military fatigues, defying all the odds to reach his lost colleague / capture the enemy’s outpost / find a lost love. We’ve all been enthralled at one time or another by these incredible (and often fantastical) tales. Movies they may be, but our investment within these stories is real. And why are we invested? Why are we captivated? It’s a subtle yet effective trick that Hollywood pulls – they present the hero or the heroine, and then they give them a choice.Read More