Ian Goldbart: Ian started collecting English coins at the age of thirteen, learning from one of the great numismatic specialists, the late Dimitri Loulakakis. In late 2003 he listed Noble Investments (UK) PLC on the AIM stock exchange at a stock market valuation of £1.2m, with the remit of dealing in coins and collectibles. In 2005 Noble acquired coin dealers, A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd. Further acquisitions followed with Apex Philatelic in 2008 and The Fine Art Auction Group (Dreweatts & Bloomsbury) in 2012. Noble was acquired in late 2013 for just over £45m. Ian’s passion for coins remains strong and it is his intention that he and the team will build Sovereign Rarities in to an important numismatic dealer in ancient, English, European and world coins.
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Steve Hill: Steve has now worked professionally in the numismatic trade for 26 years and counting, as a specialist in British coins, at first with Spink from 1990, progressing to Baldwin in late 2005 and now as of late 2016, with Sovereign Rarities Ltd. This has been one of the most exciting periods to be involved in the British coin business, Steve started his career at a time of economic recession and prices were at a low point in all areas after the boom of the early Eighties. With the demand for rarity and quality resulting in prices improving over the decades since, some wonderful collections have come through the marketplace, many of which had Steve’s direct involvement for sale. Steve has earned his international reputation, as one of the most well-respected professional numismatists in this dealing area, whether through retail listing or auction cataloguing coupled with much numismatic research some of which has been published. Steve has had also contributed to the Standard Catalogue for nearly two decades and worked on many of the famous named collections in this period, as well as many of the record breaking coins. Names like Slaney (part 1), Samuel King, the Douro Cargo, Shuttlewood, Selig, Manville, Kaufman, Rees Jones, Mantegazza, Van Roekel, Karon, Marshall, Adams, Bentley and Hemisphere; and individual record breaking coins like the 1933 Penny, 1839 Una and the Lion finest known proof set, 1920 Sydney Sovereign, Edward VIII and 1953 Proof Sovereigns, Three Graces and Incorrupta gold Crowns, Petition and Reddite Crowns, as well as many others.
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Paul Hill: Paul has worked as a professional numismatist for almost twenty years, and specializes in classical coins from the ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods and their related fields. He was responsible for securing and cataloguing the legendary Prospero Collection, one of the greatest sales of Ancient Greek coins ever sold at auction and which established the world record price of $3,802,500 for an ancient coin. He is a fellow and former council member of the Royal Numismatic Society, a member of the British Numismatic Society, the American Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Association. He also holds a first class Honours Degree and a Master’s Degree in Ancient History from the University of London. Paul is in regular attendance at major international numismatic conventions and auctions and welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in ancient numismatics.
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Graham Byfield: Graham is a very experienced professional numismatist who worked at A H Baldwin & Sons for 16 years before joining Sovereign Rarities Ltd. Drawing on a wide-ranging in-depth knowledge of numismatics, at Sovereign Rarities Ltd he specializes in the complex Indian and Islamic series, and rare Commemorative Medals. He was an executive committee member for the International Association of Professional Numismatists for six years, serving as Treasurer there, and currently sits on the Council of the Oriental Numismatic Society.
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Caroline Holmes: Caroline specializes in numismatic books and literature and has worked in the Numismatic world for nearly fifteen years. She graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in History of Art and subsequently attained a Master’s degree in the same subject from Royal Holloway University. She joined the coin department of Spink, London in 2004 and in 2005 made the transition to their Numismatic Book department. Shortly afterwards Caroline joined Baldwin’s to launch and develop a book department there. Whilst working at Baldwin’s Caroline was responsible for the sale of the magnificent Prospero Library of books relating to Ancient Greek Coins. She currently serves on the council of the British Numismatic Society.
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Julie Lecoindre: Julie joined on 1st August. She studied Law at Panthéon-Assas University and History of Art at Panthéon-Sorbonne and subsequently qualified as a French auctioneer. She moved to London in 2003 to start a career in philatelic auction then numismatics at Spink & Son. She joins Sovereign Rarities from Baldwin’s where her many responsibilities include running the bullion coin division and specialising in European coins.
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