The surfaces of these precious coins reveal much more than their monetary value – they hint at ancient stories of greed, scandal and betrayal, uncovering the hidden secrets of the most influential and powerful people to ever walk the earth. With a heritage dating back to 1872, we have almost 150 years of experience and have sourced the finest examples of these coins which, historically have appreciated significantly in value, particularly for the highest quality items and this is something that interests many of our customers. Here you can discover a selection of exquisite coins selected by our numismatic experts.
Two sides to every story
For thousands of years, coins have charted the rise and fall of empires. They have been passed down, traded, stolen and hoarded. Those that remain provide a tangible connection to the past and a window into the culture, politics, religion and views of the time. There are two sides to every story. On the surface, these coins tell us about a moment in history. But turn them over, and they reveal the lives of remarkable individuals.
As unique as a fingerprint
A personal collection is as unique as a fingerprint. To hold a rare coin and feel its weight can be an overwhelming experience. Caesar, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Queen Elizabeth I, Napoleon. The thoughts, hopes and fears of these past leaders forever preserved. Today, our coin collections serve as a celebration of our own success, dreams and ambitions – a connection to those who came before us. Equally, prices have appreciated significantly, particularly for the highest quality items and this is something that interests many of our customers
In search of the perfect collection
At Baldwin’s, we use our world-renowned knowledge of rare coins to offer a bespoke selection service tailored to your interests and sensibilities. From coins that have a cultural resonance to finding the missing piece of a collection, we search far and wide for the absolute best examples in existence. When we find the one, we present it for your consideration. We only ever recommend coins that we would buy ourselves.
The coin market has remained extremely strong for many years now. Collectors over the years have witnessed strong price increases in the market mainly due to the fact that they are considered tangible assets. Many collectors having lost faith in the returns from banks and the stock market feel more comfortable possessing a physical rare historic item. The fact that they are aesthetically pleasing, historic and genuinely rare means that there will always be a demand for these beautiful iconic items. The art market, classic cars and other rare collectible markets have all seen increases in the last 15 years.
Examples of such coin price increases are as follows :
An 1839 gold £5 piece could have been acquired for the sum of around £15,000 in 2003, the same coin today would command a minimum of £150,000.
A gold Charles I Triple Unite in 2003 would have sold for around £10,000, that same coin today would be worth in excess of £70,000.
An 1831 Silver Proof Crown could have been acquired for around £5000 in 2004, the same coin today would be in excess of £20,000.
Examples such as these and the fact that each year that passes new record prices are set, gives collectors peace of mind that one day hopefully their coins will be worth more than when originally purchased. As in any market prices can go down as well as up but the signs are promising that currently the coin market is very buoyant.
TAKING INSPIRATION FROM THE FINEST…
Presented here are some of the finest examples, with incredible results from the past. Discover the coins that have been at the root cause of empires rising or declining, at the heart of scandal or avarice and that have celebrated individuals with remarkable accomplishments. They remain as iconic today, as they were in their time.
TO HOLD ONE YOU HAD TO BE NOBLE
THE LAST PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN
HADRIAN’S MESSAGE TO THE EMPIRE
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