Baldwin’s, based in Central London, is one of the world’s oldest and largest numismatic dealerships. It was founded in 1872, and their current team of specialists has over 300 years combined experience in all areas of numismatics, including British and foreign coins, commemorative medals, Ancient coins, military decorations, banknotes, stamps and autographs.
Over their long history, Baldwin’s has built up an impressive stock of numismatic items, and their specialists frequently attend auctions and fairs all around the world in order to source the finest and rarest items. Their reserve of numismatic items is the most comprehensive in the UK, and Baldwin’s has a history of sourcing rare and important coins for prominent collectors.
In 2005 Baldwin’s merged with Noble Investments (UK) PLC, and acquired Apex Philatelics in 2008 and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions in 2012, meaning that in recent years the company has expanded to become a formidable market player. Baldwin’s became a part of the Stanley Gibbons Group PLC in 2013, and is now listed as a collectables retailer on the London Stock Exchange.
Anne (1702-1712), Anne (1702-1712), Union of England and Scotland, 1707, Copper Medal by John Croker, bust left, ANNA. D: G: MAG :BRI: FR: ET. HIB: REG. rev British arms within garter, on pedestal, MAII. I. MDCCVII, 47mm (Eimer 424; MI ii 295/107). Good very fine. Good very fineRead more
INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL, 1854-1895, INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL, 1854-1895, single clasp, Umbeyla (2110 J Brian 1st Battn 7th Regt); officially impressed. Perhaps once cleaned, suspension a touch loose and edge impression weak in parts, otherwise a bold very fine. Private John Brian was born c.1829 at St Anns Cork, and attested for service in the 7th Regiment at Dublin on the 28th of August 1846, at the age of 17 and a half years old, having previously worked as a Shoemaker. After a period of several years home service, he was sent with his regiment to serve in the Crimean War. His service in the Crimea was typically very hard indeed, where he states his eyesight began to deteriorate in the harsh winter of 1854, but additionally in his discharge papers state that he broke two ribs at the Battle of Inkermann where ‘several sandbags…and stones fell upon him from the effects of pace of a round shot…the seat of the fractures can be felt on pressure.’ He was also present in India during the Umbeyla Campaign of 1863 on the North East Frontier, and late November that year he joined the Ysafzai Field force led by Sir Neville Bowles Chamberlain to fight against the local Pashtun Tribes. He was stationed in ‘East India’ for a period of nearly 9 years. Private Brian was discharged from further service on the 26th of October 1866, at Saugor, India, having served at total of 19 years and 241 days, as a consequence of being generally worn out, having a defect of the eyes, and for pain in his ribs as a result of the injuries received at Inkermann. His discharge papers show that he was additionally entitled to the British and Turkish Crimea Medals. Perhaps once cleaned, suspension a touch loose and edge impression weak in parts, otherwise a bold very fineRead more
Great Britain, Durham, Great Britain, Durham, The Durham County Advertiser & General Printing Co Ltd (founded 1812 and became the Durham Chronicle in 1934), Share Certificates (2), £100 Share, 1873, Share Number 1 to John Brett Eminson of Seaham, embossed company seal lower right; 600 Ordinary Shares, 15 December 1919, Number 1 issue for shares 1-600 to Arnold Stephenson Rowntree (a company director) (The Rowntree family are famous Quakers) embossed company seal lower left. Both hand cancelled in pencil across front, second with 55mm horizontal tear along fold, otherwise about very fine, the first about extremely fine both very rare “No.1” Shares. (2 Certificates), Both hand cancelled in pencil across front, second with 55mm horizontal tear along fold, otherwise about very fine, the first about extremely fine both very rare “No.1” SharesRead more
Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Government of Ceylon, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Government of Ceylon, 5-Rupees banknote, 1 July 1929, Colombo, red serial no.D6 46552, black on green and orange, FIVE RUPEES at centre, signed by the Commissioners of Currency, reverse: green, elephant and palm trees, printed by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, London, 139mm x 88mm (Pick 23). Some wrinkles in the paper, round black “Bogawantalawa” handstamp on the back, about very fine. Some wrinkles in the paper, round black “Bogawantalawa” handstamp on the back, about very fineRead more
Germany, Centenary of the Birth of Fritz Reuter, poet and writer, cast Bronze Medal by Karl Goetz, 1910, Germany, Centenary of the Birth of Fritz Reuter, poet and writer, cast Bronze Medal by Karl Goetz, 1910, bust facing, rev a farmer ploughing, 78mm (Kienast 33). Extremely fine.Germany, Centenary of the Birth of Fritz Reuter, poet and writer, cast Bronze Medal by Karl Goetz, 1910, bust facing, rev a farmer ploughing, 78mm (Kienast 33). Extremely fine. Extremely fineRead more
China. Hong Kong, The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, China. Hong Kong, The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, 10 Dollars banknote, dated 1 May 1964, Hong Kong, black serial number 632184 JG, arms of the bank and supporters lower left, small vignette of two sailing ships in a harbour below, “Promises to pay the bearer on demand at its Office here or the equivalent in the Currency of the Colony, Value received” above and below “TEN DOLLARS” at centre, signatures of the Chief Accountant and the Chief Manager of the bank, printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co Ltd (New Malden, Surrey, England), 151mm x 84mm (Pick, Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, 182). Mint state uncirculated. Mint state uncirculatedRead more
Great Britain, Treasury Note, Great Britain, Treasury Note, First (World War One Emergency) Issue, John Bradbury (1914-1919, after serving under Asquith and Lloyd George, Bradbury was a permanent secretary to the Treasury during the First World War when he was instrumental in replacing gold with paper currency; he was knighted in 1913), uniface £1 banknote, undated (August 1914), black serial number E39 003772, “These notes are a Legal Tender for a payment of any amount. Issued by the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty’s Treasury under Authority of Act of Parliament” top centre above “One Pound”, bust of King George V to left within cartouch, signature of John Bradbury (Secretary to the Treasury) lower right, 127mm x 66mm. This note ceased to be legal tender after June 1920 (Duggleby, “English Paper Money” T3). Very fine or better, small stain and tiny tears in right edge, scarce. Very fine or better, small stain and tiny tears in right edge, scarceRead more
A fine Great War MC Group of 4 awarded to Captain Edward Burnett, A fine Great War MC Group of 4 awarded to Captain Edward Burnett, 3rd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, wounded by a rifle grenade whilst in action at Gibson’s Crater, and later awarded the Military Cross for bravery whilst on secondment with the 11th Battalion Royal Tank Corps during the actions at Villers-Outreaux, Selle, and the ‘moonlight’ attack near Mormal Forest, comprising: Military Cross, G.V.R.; 1914-15 Star (2 Lieut E P S Burnett. S. Staff. R.); British War and Victory medals (Capt. E. P. S. Burnett); medals swing-mounted with reverse pin by Spink & Son Ltd, King Street, contained within an elegant glass-fronted hardwood box with purple velvet interior and reverse stand, presumably from the same firm. Medals a little roughly polished, otherwise good very fine. (4) MC London Gazette 10th December, 1919. Edward Percival Sevier Burnett was born c. 1894 in Mottram, near Manchester, the son of one William Edward Sevier Burnett Esq. – himself a retired Brigade-Surgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel with the 4th Volunteer Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Edward Burnett was educated at Harrow School, which he joined in 1908, and at the outbreak of war he joined the Harrow Officer Training Corps, from which he received his first commission on the 1st of November 1914 as 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, attached to the 2nd South Staffordshires. Having been promoted to the rank of Captain (temp) by late October 1915, he was wounded during the fight for Gibson’s crater on the morning of the 24th of November 1915 after being hurt by an exploding rifle grenade – just a few hours before the detonation of an enemy mine which buried the entire garrison with the exception of just two men. This position was quickly lost, but just as swiftly recaptured. Presumably having recovered from his wounds, he was gazetted as Acting Captain on the 20th of July 1917, and was later transferred to the fledgling Tank Corps, being attached to the 11th Battalion, part of the 3rd Tank Brigade, using Mark V Tanks. It was whilst in active service with this battalion that Captain Burnett was awarded the Military Cross. His full citation reads: ‘October 8th Villers-Outreaux. This section commander effected liaison with the infantry when they seemed hesitating to follow the tanks. By his personal direction on that occasion the formidable series of trenches and defences were captured at small cost to the infantry. His powers of courage, leadership, and cheerfulness inspired all the crews of his section, and were the means of bringing the infantry to their objectives at a minimum of cost. He was continually passing from tanks to infantry and infantry to tanks, often under intense machine gun and shellfire, with the utmost unconcern. He performed his duties in the same fearless and untiring manner in the actions of Oct 21 at Selle River and Oct 23 near (Mormal) Forest, and by his example inspired his section who were much exhausted by the prolonged fighting, and continual repairs on the much worn tanks.’ During the last of these actions mentioned in the above citation, the ‘moonlight’ attack at Mormal Forest on the 23rd of October, 1918, was a real success, creating an Allied breakthrough, and capturing some 3,000 prisoners. Additional to his brave WWI service, he is known to have served with the RASC during WWII as a Captain. Genealogical research indicates that Edward Burnett died in September 1953, in Taunton, Somerset, and his correspondence address after WWI as mentioned in his MIC was 48 Gloucester House, Charing Cross, London. Sold with copy MIC, copy London Gazette MC citation & other London Gazette information, entry in the Harrow Register, typed copy extract taken from the War Diary of the 2nd South Staffordshire regiment concerning Edward Burnett’s wounding in action, and several copy extracts concerning the actions of the 11th Battalion Tank Corps. Medals a little roughly polished, otherwise good very fineRead more
NAVAL AND MARITIME MEDALS, George Elphinstone, Admiral Lord Keith (1746-1823), and the death of Sir Ralph Abercrombie (1734-1801), NAVAL AND MARITIME MEDALS, George Elphinstone, Admiral Lord Keith (1746-1823), and the death of Sir Ralph Abercrombie (1734-1801), White Metal Medal, 1801, by J G Hancock, uniformed bust of Keith left, rev Scottish soldier at tomb of Abercromby, 49mm (BHM 507; MH 552). Very fine. Very fineRead more
Great Britain, Middlesex (London), Great Britain, Middlesex (London), Skidmore (established by John Skidmore, c.1748-1823, furnisher and stove-plate maker with businesses in Clerkenwell and High Holborn, and later token issuer with his sons), Copper Halfpenny Trade Token mule, undated (c.1795), obverse: register stove, “No.123 HIGH HOLBORN LONDON” around square edges, PAYABLE AT SKIDMORES FURNISHING REPOSITORY around in outside border, reverse: bust in profile to left (probably William Hallan, dealer in China and Staffordshire ware, who also ran a “registry office” or employment exchange for servants), PAYABLE . AT SALISBURY around, edge milled, diam. 30mm (Dalton & Hamer “The Provincial Token Coinage of the 18th Century” 486a). About uncirculated with a substantial amount of original colour, small flan crack at 5 o’clock and a little softly struck up on the obverse, exceedingly rare. ex Baldwin’s Basement Collection, Baldwin’s Auction 92, September 2014, lot 400, About uncirculated with a substantial amount of original colour, small flan crack at 5 o’clock and a little softly struck up on the obverse, exceedingly rareRead more
Great Britain, Lincolnshire, Horncastle, Great Britain, Lincolnshire, Horncastle, Richard Cater (candle maker), Copper Farthing Trade Token, undated (c.1670), obverse: tallowchandlers arms, reverse: RMC initials, diam. 15mm (Williamson 122). Very fine. Very fineRead more
Great Britain, Newcastle, Great Britain, Newcastle, Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Company Ltd, Share Certificate for 230 shares at £1 each, 13 April 1918, no.833, to Sir George Hare Philipson of 7 Eldon Square (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne), red embossed company seal lower left with ship, signed by Andrew Laing, two CANCELLED overstamps. Heavily folded, a few pinholes and two hole punches to left, about very fine, scarce. Sir George Hare Philipson was a son of George Hare Philipson (1801-1876), a famous coach builder to HRH Prince of Wales and members of the nobility. Heavily folded, a few pinholes and two hole punches to left, about very fine, scarceRead more
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- Major collection of ancient Jewish coins and Russian Orders medals at auction
- Baldwin's New York sale taking place on 10th to 12th January, a cornerstone of the New York International Coin Convention, will feature an outstanding collection of ancient Jewish coins as well as a sale dedicated to medals and decorations from the Russian Orders.
- Baldwin's brings over 2 800 coins to the market this summer
- This summer, Baldwin's, a leading coin specialist dealer and auctioneer, have brought to the market 1 200 fixed price items ready for collectors to purchase.
- Looks like Donald Trump will be spending the summer in London
- Mayfair's Maddox Gallery Summer exhibition is set to open next week and will run until 26th August. This will be the gallery's first annual Summer Exhibition and is sure to not disappoint collectors with works by artists including Bradley Theodore, Illma Gore, Retna, Simafra, Tony Kelly, Robi Waters and Michael Moebius, as well as unseen work from artists new to Maddox Gallery including Dan Baldwin, Chris Moon, Finn Stone and Dean Fox.
- London Fashion Week celebrates 40 years
- In the sixties, Tony Porter was the name in fashion PR in London. Unable to believe that London, one of the world's hubs for fashion, did not have an event for journalists and buyers, in the same way Paris and Milan, Porter founded what is today's London Fashion Week.
- Remember remember, it's the 5th November
- It's time to light the bonfire, toast marshmallows and give a penny to the guys as remember remember, tomorrow is the 5th November.
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