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Press Release - 29 October 2014

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World Coins and Medals Offered in Baldwin’s November Argentum Auction

London – Baldwin’s November Argentum Auction will offer collectors a strong selection of ancient, British and world coins, commemorative medals and banknotes. The sale, comprising 646 lots in total. contains Roman coins from the W. C. Boyd Collection which was first auctioned by Baldwin’s in 2005 and caused quite a stir, now some of the coins are on the market again.

Opening the sale, the ancient coin lots offer a good and varied selection of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and British coins. Of note is a very fine and very rare Constantius II Gold Solidus (AD351-355) minted in Constantinople, an issue difficult to find from this mint [Lot 43, Pre-Sale Estimate £700-900] and an extremely fine and attractive Gratian Gold Solidus (AD 378-383) also from the Constantinople mint [Lot 44, Pre-Sale Estimate £500-700].

Included in the British section is a selection of English, Scottish and Irish coins including a very fine and rare Charles I Silver Groat (1646), minted at Bridgnorth on Severn [Lot 116, Pre-Sale Estimate £700-800] and a very fine Edward VII Gold Five-Pounds (1902) [Lot 200, Pre-Sale Estimate £1,000-1,200].

The assortment of World coins on offer will give collectors the chance to acquire an impressive collection of fine early American silver 1/2 Dollars. Lots 464 and 465 contain 39 and 35 American silver ½ Dollars respectively. Lot 464, dating between 1795 to 1822, are presented in a Dansco album Volume 1 [Lot 464, Pre-Sale Estimate £3,800-4,200] and lot 465 contains scarce issues and coins struck between 1823 and 1839, it is contained in a Dansco album Volume 2 [Lot 465, Pre-Sale Estimate £2,400-2,800]. Also in World coins is a collection of 17 extremely fine gold coins, including a Canada, 5-Dollars (1912), 20 Francs (4) [Lot 476, Pre-Sale Estimate £1,500-2,000].

Elsewhere in the sale, there is a variety of medals from Great Britain and the rest of the World, including lot 494, one of only 400 copper medals struck by G G Adams for the Corporation of the City of London to commemorate Queen Victoria opening Blackfriars Bridge and the Holborn Viaduct [Lot 494, Pre-Sale Estimate £220-280] and lot 495, an interesting and mint state copper medal commemorating the Duke and Duchess of York’s 1893 visit to the City of London [Lot 495, Pre-Sale Estimate £250-300]. Also included is an impressive offering of banknotes and paper money.

Held in conjunction with The London Coin Fair, the sale will be held on Saturday 1st November 2014 in the Diploma Room in the Holiday Inn on Coram Street. The catalogue is available to view online at For more information and viewing times please contact



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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