Our pedigree and expertise for selling Ancient and Islamic coins was forged at Sotheby’s, where our experts were responsible for the sales of such celebrated collections as those of Nelson Bunker Hunt (1990-1991) and the holdings of the Athena Fund (1993), as well as achieving the remarkable price of £528,000 for a magnificent set of Qajar gold coins sold in 1999.
Our twice-yearly general coin sales regularly include good sections of both ancient and Islamic material, while we have also held specialised auctions devoted to each series. Our Spring auction dedicated to rare Islamic coins is now an established feature of London Islamic Week which continues to set record prices. In 2011, an exceedingly rare and important Umayyad gold dinar from the ‘Mine of the Commander of the Faithful in the Hejaz’ was sold for the staggering price of £3.72million, which remains the most expensive coin ever sold in a European auction. In the field of ancient coins, the sale of a magnificent private collection of Greek coins in 2011 remains a landmark, while we have also begun to hold dedicated ancient coin auctions in April/May and October.
We are the only numismatic auctioneer in the world which currently holds regular auctions devoted exclusively to coins of the Islamic world.