Auction House History

A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd has a history that dates back to 1872, and is one of the largest and longest established numismatic dealers and auction houses in the world. Our team of specialists includes published numismatic authors, and board members of the British Numismatic Trade Association and British Numismatic Society. 

After more than a century of numismatic dealing Baldwin’s decided to take the logical next step and launch our very own Auction House…

– Timeline –

1994 – On the 4th May Baldwins dropped the gavel on it’s very first auction lot. The Auction took place in “The Great Room” at The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce and featured British and Medieval coins, patterns, proofs and commemorative medals. 

1995 – Following the success of our first year of auctions we were contacted by the Tai Sei Gallery and asked to replace Spink as their auction partner. It was from this conversation that our first Asian auction took place in Hong Kong on September 8th at the Topaz Room. 

2000 – At the start of the new Millennium Baldwins were consigned a collection of East India Company Coins from The Right Honorable Sir John Wheeler, JP,DL. The auction of these excessively rare items was carried out at the Royal Society of Arts. 

2006 – Hosted in the Council Chamber of The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy Baldwins conducted the commemorative auction of “One Hundred Numismatic Rarities” on September 26th

2012 – Baldwins auctioned the now legendary Prospero Collection which featured a Pantikapaion Gold Stater which sold for $2,250,000 – a then world record for an ancient coin. 

2013 – Over the course of 12 months Baldwins curated a 3-part auction for the much-celebrated Bentley Collection. These auctions celebrated British milled gold sovereigns with each one focusing on a different area of this collection which had taken over 30 years to accumulate. 

2017 – In January of 2017 Baldwins partnered with St James Auction’s in order to deliver 14 sales each year in New York, Hong Kong and London. These auctions have featured coins, bank notes, literature, tokens and medals. 

2021 – After the refurbishment of the Auction Room at 399 Strand Baldwins Auctions came home and will once again be housed within the same building as our numismatic experts and new coin room.