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An Evening of Flying Ships, Romance and a Mischievous Joker
Oct 10 2016

SPINK CHINA | As this most historic year for Spink draws to a close, with it comes a time for reflection, a chance to bask in the warm glow as the sun slowly sets on an extraordinary 350th year. At such a time it seems only fitting that we are accompanied by our friends and a selection of fine and rare whiskies sourced from the treasure troves of Scotland to the mythical valleys of Japan.  Along the windswept coastline of the isle of Islay lies one of these treasures: the Bowmore distille...

British Africa, the First Auction of the David Pitts Collection
Oct 06 2016

SPINK LONDON | Spink is delighted to announce the first in a series of highly distinguished sales of a prolific and dedicated collector, David Pitts. The first of these sales will take place on the 25th October 2016 in Spink's auction room in London and focuses on British Africa. The catalogue is available for viewing in print and online on the Spink website. David Pitts is a lifelong collector, buying his first stamp at age eight. As he advanced in his professional career he became a serious...

Mine-Sweeping Spink's Auction Room
Oct 05 2016

SPINK USA | Spink are pleased to announce that The Numismatic Collector's Series Sale on the 19 - 20th October in New York, is set to be one of the most impressive yet. Many fine collections and items pass through Spink's auction rooms, but Spink could not be more delighted and excited about a particular item of militaria in this sale. It is a testament to one man's hard work and determination to serve his country even in the face, and dismembered hand, of hardship and terror.    The...

Spink Helps People Delve Deep for Charity Banknote auction
Oct 04 2016

SPINK LONDON | Yesterday, many witnessed a wonderful sight in Spink's London auction room; an entirely non-profit auction of the brand new Bank of England notes. The auction began at 5pm and continued till 8pm with a jam-packed room and voracious bidding on the phones and internet. The auction started with the Chief Cashier of the Bank of England, Victoria Cleland, auctioneering the first lot. The lot was the lowest serial number of the new Bank of England polymer notes, the £5 ND (2016) AA01...

The Smash Hit Hong Kong Coin Auction
Sep 26 2016

The third week of August was a very busy one in Hong Kong. The first four days started off with a series of local auctions, starting with Stack's Bowers' and Ponterio on Monday and finishing with Spink on the Thursday. The inaugural Hong Kong Coin Show (HKCS) followed immediately on Friday 19th August and was an immediate success. The show had over 100 exhibitor tables and many industry related components other than the usual buying and selling. The organizers consisted of Spink, Stack's Bower...

After 140 Years, A Hoard is Finally Ready to be Dispersed at Spink
Sep 13 2016

SPINK LONDON | Something very exciting is happening at Spink this September. As the dust begins to settle after the mammoth celebrations commemorating Spink's 350th year, Spink's auction room will be graced with the privilege of selling the famous Harptree Hoard of 4th Century silver Coins. This will form part of the auction of Ancient, British and Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals taking place on the 26th - 27th September 2016. As many of the happiest discoveries are so apt to do, the Ha...

Pudsey Returns to Spink, and he brought some Scottish Friends
Sep 08 2016

SPINK LONDON | In addition to the mammoth World Banknotes auction, we have also managed to put together a sizable British Banknotes sale, the majority of which is made up of Scottish material. In fact, for the first time, we have even given Scotland pride of place at the start of the catalogue. These notes come from many consigners, but most notably from the Bank of Scotland, and The Institute of Bankers in Scotland. The sale will take place on the 4th October 2016 in London. At the start of t...

A Trio of Banknote Auctions
Sep 07 2016

SPINK LONDON | It's that time of year again and the eagerly anticipated Autumn World Banknotes sale is here. Spink's esteemed banknote specialist, Barnaby Faull, comments that "It doesn't seem so long ago when I was a young man (to many of you I still am!) and the banknote department was grudgingly allowed a few banknote lots at the end of a coin sale, how things have changed. This time, it seems we have been cataloguing from dawn to dusk for the last few months and we have three magnificent ca...

The Exceptional Second Auction of the Nicholas Rhodes Collection of Coins of North East India
Aug 19 2016

SPINK LONDON | This September, Spink are pleased to announce, will see the second auction of the magnificent collection of Nicholas Rhodes' Coins of North East India. The sale will take place on the 27th in London, and is brimming with some of the finest coins of this region. Spink are thrilled to be handling such a stunning collection amassed over a lifetime of passion and dedication to numismatics. The catalogue itself is sure to become a reference work for numismatic enthusiasts to come as i...

Leopards Can’t Change Their Spots, but England Can Change its Coinage
Aug 18 2016

SPINK LONDON | Spink are pleased to announce the perfect accompaniment to the golden sunshine; a gold coin auction! Earlier in the year Spink had the pleasure of selling parts 1 and 2 of Lord Stewartby's vast collection, and the time has come to sell the third. The collection, being offered across five sales, is one of the most extensive and important collections of English coins to come on the market in recent times and the catalogues alone will become works of reference in their own right. &n...

The Inaugural Hong Kong Coin Show
Aug 15 2016

SPINK CHINA | As we near the Spink's 350th anniversary this September, we are delighted to announce that Spink have been heavily involved in co-organising, with Stacks Bowers, Coins-in-Coins and Shouxi, what is set to be a truly fantastic and purely numismatic fair in Hong Kong. The very first Hong Kong Coin Show (HKCS), will take place on the 19th - 21st August at the Mira Hotel in one of Asia's most thriving cities. It will be a truly International show with more than 100 exhibiting deal...

Tigers Rampant in Singapore
Aug 12 2016

SPINK ASIA | As we enter the month of Spink's 350th anniversary, Spink have lined up a series of auctions which are set to thrill even the most even-tempered collector. One of which will be Fine Stamps and Covers of South East Asia, which will take place from 2.30 pm at the Hilton Hotel in Singapore. Such a beautiful venue and exotic setting perfectly complements the wide variety of exciting foreign rarities contained within this collection. This auction is full to the brim with exciting rarit...

A Fantastic Tasmanian Collection
Aug 12 2016

SPINK LONDON | This September, as the nights are drawing in and the weather begins to turn, Spink have got a philatelic auction guaranteed to excite and thrill all collectors of Tasmanian philately. Many of the finest collections pass through Spink's auction room, however this one is without doubt a peerless testimony to a passionate collector's life's work. The John Clemente Collection of Tasmania Postal History will take place on the 20th September 2016 in Spink's London auction room. John C...

Spink Set for Numismatic Bonanza in Hong Kong
Jul 27 2016

SPINK CHINA | Just in time for the summer heat wave, Spink is delighted to be holding another two day Numismatic Collector's Series Sale from the 17th - 18th  August in Hong Kong. It is our largest numismatic sale yet and will take place just before the much awaited Inaugural Hong Kong Coin Show. Spink are a key founder and organizer of this event and feel that this sale will be the perfect way to whet collector's appetites before the show! The sale starts with the 'World' material. There...

The Old Man You Have to See, Vietnamese Banknotes to Sell at Spink
Jul 26 2016

SPINK CHINA | On the 17th - 18th August, Spink's Hong Kong based office will hold a fantastic sale spanning the length and breadth of numismatic material from all over Asia. Formed of just over 1800 lots, there is sure to be something to tickle collectors' fancies. Spink is particularly proud to announce that this sale will contain Mr. Yoshikuni Kobayashi's stunning collection of South Vietnamese banknotes. Mr. Yoshikuni Kobayashi was born in Manchuria during World War II and spent most of his...

Volcanoes, Catapults and a Gash in the Queen’s Ear
Jul 08 2016

SPINK LONDON | With over 1,400 lots of fine stamps and postal history coming under the hammer, July 26 and 27 will be a busy two days with something to interest most stamp collectors. This sale boasts not only some of the finest philately, but some of the most interesting stories too. This sale even has items that have been caught between the devil of a volcano and the deep blue sea! First and foremost, lot 1215 deserves centre stage as one of the star lots of the auction. It's a Rhodesian £1...

Pioneering Scientists Medals to Go Under the Hammer in London
Jul 04 2016

SPINK LONDON | The medals belonging to a pioneering scientist are set to go under the hammer in London on 21st July in the Spink sale of Orders, Decorations, Campaign Medals and Militaria. Of particular note within  the sale are two most interesting items. Lot 167 and 168 were awarded to a Dr Harold King; who is most well-known for his work into the South-American poison curare. Curare has been used for centuries as a paralysing poison by a vast number of the indigenous peoples of South Am...

Peter Rabbit, Pre-Raphaelites and a Polar Expedition
Jun 29 2016

SPINK LONDON | Spink have the honour of handling fantastic collections of banknotes, stamps and coins regularly, however this July will see a rather different aspect of Spink. We will be holding another auction of Autographs, Historical Documents, Ephemera and Postal History, a sale full to the brim with exciting items from fantastic historical, literary and political figures. The sale will take place on the 13th July in the London auction room. From the parade of historical figures and their...

SAS Heroes Medals to Go Under The Hammer in London
Jun 28 2016

SPINK LONDON | The medals belonging to a founding member of the SAS are set to be auctioned in London on 21st July. Warrant Officer Arthur 'Taffy' Lawley was awarded the prestigious Military Medal for his part in the daring top-secret raid upon the Tragino Aqueduct in Southern Italy during February 1941- codenamed 'Operation Colossus'. Born in Wales, Lawley served with the South Wales Borderers during the 1920's and was a London bus driver before the War. He joined the war effort as a Driving...

The Derek Diamond Collection, the Jewel in the Crown of New Zealand Philately
Jun 21 2016

SPINK LONDON | Spink has been honoured with the privilege of handling some exceptional collections in the past, and we are very pleased to add the Derek Diamond collection of New Zealand to the list. On the 6th July, Spink will be auctioning the first part of his fantastic collection in London. Derek Diamond served as Chairman of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain between 2002 and 2012. We hope that this will be an exciting and eventful sale to honour a man so dedicated to the humble hobb...