Baldwin's - Coin Dealers and Auctioneers
Baldwin's is a British dealer and auction house, specialising in coins, medals, banknotes, numismatic books and tokens. As part of the Noble Investments (UK) PLC Group we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm involved with the trading and auctioning of numismatics and we occupy the same stable as stamp specialists Apex Philatelics and fine art and collectibles specialists Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions.
Foundation and Ownership
Founded as A.H. Baldwin & Sons in 1872 by Albert Henry Baldwin, the company moved into its first London-based premises on Duncannon Street in 1901.
Aided by his sons Percy, Fred (renowned as the cataloguer of King Farouk of Egypt’s coin collection) and Roy, the company gradually became a leader in the numismatic field as a retailer.
In 1971, the company moved to its current premises at 11 Adelphi Street, and over the last 40 years has grown to become one of the premier numismatic firms with the largest stock of coins, medals, tokens and numismatic books in the UK.
In 1994, the establishment of Baldwin’s Auctions saw the company expand to conduct auctions in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York and the Gulf States.
The merger of A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd with parent company Noble Investments (UK) PLC in 2005, and the subsequent acquisitions by them of Apex Philatelics in 2008 and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions in 2012, has seen the company expanded to become a formidable player operating at the forefront of the global collectibles market.
2012 will see Baldwin's celebrating 140 years of serving the numismatic community.
Expertise and services
Baldwin’s offers a complete package for any coin or stamp collector or investor, employing a team of skilled and experienced specialists and consultants.
The company’s team of experts cover all aspects of English, Ancient and Foreign coins, commemorative medals, military medals, tokens, banknotes, numismatic books and world stamps.
Baldwin’s has catalogued coins for auction houses in London and abroad for decades, and provided anonymous services for some of the world’s most prestigious auction houses such as Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Glendinings.
In the tradition of the Baldwin family, the current generation of staff pride themselves on their ability to provide an old-fashioned, personal service that will enable collectors to build or disburse their collection with confidence.
Baldwin’s has two major departments: retail and auction.
The retail department covers all aspects of English, Ancient and Foreign coins, military and commemorative medals, tokens, books and world stamps.
Baldwin’s boasts the most comprehensive stock of rare and high quality coins and medals in the UK sourced from auctions and numismatic fairs all over the world.
The company has a remarkable reserve of numismatic items and has provided important coins for many collectors over the years.
Highlights include rare Greek and Roman coins, English coinage, extensive cabinets of world coins (including Indian, Medieval, Renaissance and later European coins).
The company’s London premises are open to the public during the week.
The Baldwin’s auction department has grown significantly over the last 17 years, now frequently conducting auctions worldwide in London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai.
The auction department sells coins originating from across the globe and from many historical periods, as well as banknotes, military medals and books.
In partnership with other leading numismatic auction houses, the auction department offers significant experience and a careful cataloguing service, leading to the realisation of higher sales prices.
In 2006, Baldwin’s became the first numismatic auction house in the UK to introduce live audio-bidding using the internet, used by clients across the world. It is now offered in all major auctions held by Baldwin’s.
- January 4, 2012 - The Prospero Collection
- April 25, 2012 - Classical Rarities of Islamic Coinage
In September 2006, Baldwin's sold a Charles I Pattern Triple Unite gold coin by Van Der Dort for a record breaking £241,500 to an anonymous buyer. Thought to have been struck around 1630, it is the only one of its kind ever discovered.
In November 2008, an Elizabeth gold 20-Roubles coin, dating from 1755, set a new world record for a non-US coin, selling for £1,782,500.
In August 2009, a 1-Kuan bank note, dating from the Ming Dynasty, was sold for $19,000 by Baldwin's, Hong Kong, 19 times its estimate. It is arguably the oldest bank note in existence and set a record sell for a banknote auction.
In January 2012 Baldwin's set a new world record for an ancient Greek coin when lot 213 from The Prospero Collection sold for US$3.25million. The collection sold for approximately US$25million in total with every single lot selling.
In September 2012 Baldwin's set the new world record for a British Imperial gold sovereign; an Australian coin; a British Colonial coin; a legal tender British coin and a British auction record for a modern 20th century coin when lot 736, the fabled George V 1920 Sydney mint gold sovereign, sold for a jaw dropping £780,000. Lot 736 was part of The Bentley Collection of British Gold Sovereigns which has currently sold for £2.25 million in total with the final part going under the hammer on 8 May 2013.