Numismatics From A Commercial Perspective
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The second last week in May saw a flurry of numismatic activity here in Australia - Status International held their Auction 297 in Sydney; Roxbury’s held their Auction 87 in Brisbane, and the 2013 ANDA show was held in Brisbane also.
Results across the board were mixed, although perhaps not altogether suprising given the level of activity in...read more
Although there a number have been held in Australia in 2013, the Noble Numismatics sales are always topical due to the breadth and quantity of the material they offer.
Noble Auction 102 was no different at all - no less than 4,869 lots were offered over three days - turnover to date has apparently been $3.19 million.
Session 1 of any...read more
The International Auction Galleries Auction 77 was held on the Gold Coast towards the end of March, and even though there were “only” less than 700 lots, the sale was certainly worth taking note of.
Perhaps the most notable function of this auction was the strength of the bids received prior to the auction starting - IAG now has all of their lots advertised online for some time prior...read more
A sizeable auction of world banknotes was held in London in the first part of December 2012, in it were several rare Australian notes, the prices of which should be of some interest to Australian banknote collectors. World Banknote Auction 12024 was held by Spink Numismatics in London on December 13th, 2012.
After a few months of relatively limited auction activity in Australian rare coins and notes, the last two weeks in October included no less than three numismatic auctions, pretty much one after the other.
Although individually the auctions may not have set any great heights, as a group they showed that there is still plenty of interest in rare coins and notes at the moment, at each...read more
Part Two (of three parts) of The Bentley Collection of gold sovereigns was auctioned by Baldwin’s of London on September 27th. Baldwin’s quite correctly described it as being “The Ultimate Collection of BritishMilled Sovereigns”, given the post-auction publicity that surrounded the world record hammer price of £650,000 (just over A$1,000,000) for...read more
The Sydney Morning Herald recently published an article detailing correspondence received by the Governor of the Reserve Bank, Mr Glenn Stevens, advising him that "Elderly Australians committing welfare fraud on a massive scale are behind the extraordinarily high number of $100...read more
There are many, many auction catalogues I receive that elicit no reaction at all - some include not a single lot that hold any interest for me.
That certainly wasn't the case a few months back however, when a set of dusty old books made an appearance. They had an effect on me very similar to that I understand which catnip has on a cat.
Of course the books weren't simply any old...read more