Welcome to
Sovereign Rarities

Sovereign Rarities was founded by Ian Goldbart, a lifelong collector of coins, and former Managing Director of established numismatists A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. We pride ourselves on providing collectors with a bespoke and traditional service of the highest professional standard, while also retaining a keen and up-to-date market focus. With a dedicated team of specialists, we combine over 100 years of experience and can assist collectors with all areas of numismatics, encompassing classical coins from the ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods, British hammered and milled coins, World coins, Indian and Islamic coins, Commemorative medals, and numismatic books.

Based in Mayfair, London we are centrally located and welcome all enquiries. Clients who wish to pay us a visit and browse our extensive and high-quality stock are welcome to do so; we are open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm. If you are unable to make it to London you will also find us in attendance at many of the major numismatic conventions and exhibitions in the U.K., Europe, the USA and around the world.

We are always keen to buy either single numismatic items or whole collections, and are able to offer direct purchase, auction, or private treaty. Our terms are very favourable and we would be pleased to discuss the options available to you. We hold several auctions each year and routinely achieve record-breaking prices.

Please see below for the details of our team and their publications. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Upcoming Auction
Upcoming Auction

Auction 6

28 June 2022
consignment deadline 13 May

Our Team

Ian Goldbart
Managing Director

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 v...

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 he and the team have built Sovereign Rarities in to an important numismatic dealer and auction house in ancient, English, European and world coins.

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Contact Details ian@sovr.co.uk
Madeleine Goldbart
Director
Head of modern coins

Madeleine studied Economics and Finance at the London School of Economics and then spent 13 years working at major international investment banks advising institutional clients on their investments. She has been working at Sovereign Raritie...

Madeleine studied Economics and Finance at the London School of Economics and then spent 13 years working at major international investment banks advising institutional clients on their investments. She has been working at Sovereign Rarities since its foundation, specialising in modern gold Proof coins and spearheading the company's wholesale business.

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Contact Details madeleine@sovr.co.uk
Steve Hill
Head of British Coins

Steve has now worked professionally in the numismatic trade for 32 years and counting, as a specialist in British coins, at first with Spink from 1990, progressing to Baldwin in late 2005 and in 2016 to Sovereign Rarities Ltd. This has been...

Steve has now worked professionally in the numismatic trade for 32 years and counting, as a specialist in British coins, at first with Spink from 1990, progressing to Baldwin in late 2005 and in 2016 to 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 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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Contact Details steve@sovr.co.uk
Graham Byfield
Senior Numismatist in
World & Ancient Coins

Graham is a very experienced professional numismatist and auctioneer who worked at A H Baldwin & Sons for over 15 years before joining Sovereign Rarities Ltd in 2016. Drawing on a wide-ranging in-depth knowledge of numismatics, at Sover...

Graham is a very experienced professional numismatist and auctioneer who worked at A H Baldwin & Sons for over 15 years before joining Sovereign Rarities Ltd in 2016. Drawing on a wide-ranging in-depth knowledge of numismatics, at Sovereign Rarities Ltd he specializes in World Coins including the complex Indian and Islamic series, Ancient Coins, 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 sat on the Council of the Oriental Numismatic Society from 2015 to 2021.

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Contact Details graham@sovr.co.uk
Julie Lecoindre
Numismatist
head of administration

Julie joined Sovereign Rarities in 2016. 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 auc...

Julie joined Sovereign Rarities in 2016. 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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Contact Details julie@sovr.co.uk
Robert Parkinson
senior numismatist
Head of auctions

Robert's interest in numismatics began at age ten, selling coins and fossils at a stall outside his house. At sixteen Robert began numismatic consultation work, advising clients on the value of their coins and the best routes to buy and sel...

Robert's interest in numismatics began at age ten, selling coins and fossils at a stall outside his house. At sixteen Robert began numismatic consultation work, advising clients on the value of their coins and the best routes to buy and sell. He continued coin dealing throughout his study of Forensic Science and Archaeology at University College London, and after graduation began work at Spink & Son, involved in auction production and cataloguing, travelling regularly to New York to appraise British material. For two years he worked at Heritage Auctions in London and Dallas as their Senior Numismatist in British coins. He joined Sovereign Rarities in 2020, where he focuses on auction consignments and British coins. Robert writes the "NumisMarket" column for Coin News magazine covering the health of the numismatic market, and is the author of the market guide ECoinomics. Robert is a member of the British Numismatic Society and the Numismatic Literary Guild.

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Contact Details robert@sovr.co.uk
Romina Swan
Web Sales
Auction administration

Romina grew up in a family of numismatists, where family holidays would mainly consist of travelling to coin fairs around Europe. She then went on to study Biological Anthropology and Archaeology at Durham University, before interning at Sp...

Romina grew up in a family of numismatists, where family holidays would mainly consist of travelling to coin fairs around Europe. She then went on to study Biological Anthropology and Archaeology at Durham University, before interning at Spink in the coin department, cataloguing for the auctions. In 2021 she joined Sovereign as part of the Auctions team, and also runs the web sales. Romina also helps to organise the annual Coinex convention every September.

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Contact Details romina@sovr.co.uk
Adele Root
Modern gold & US Coins

Adele studied art history at university, going on to begin her numismatic career in 2009 at Louisiana Gold and Coins. In 2011, she moved to a purchasing and accounts position at the head office of Southern Coins and Precious Metals where sh...

Adele studied art history at university, going on to begin her numismatic career in 2009 at Louisiana Gold and Coins. In 2011, she moved to a purchasing and accounts position at the head office of Southern Coins and Precious Metals where she stayed until 2013. After gaining her GIA (Gemological Institute of America) qualification in 2014, Adele moved to the UK and spent the next few years as a diamond consultant and appraiser. Adele joined Sovereign Rarities in 2021, where she uses her appraisal skills for both UK and US numismatic material.

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Contact Details adele@sovr.co.uk
Joshua Puckey
Numismatist
British Coins

Joshua achieved a BA and then MA in History at Durham University, where he took on courses in Palaeography and Codicology alongside medieval history modules. Having studied Latin throughout school and university, he was a key member of the ...

Joshua achieved a BA and then MA in History at Durham University, where he took on courses in Palaeography and Codicology alongside medieval history modules. Having studied Latin throughout school and university, he was a key member of the Archiving society, transcribing some of Durham Cathedral’s choicest manuscripts. After graduating, Josh successfully ran his own gardening tools business with a strong social media presence, and since joining Sovereign Rarities in 2021 has been working towards a specialism in the English Hammered series.

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Contact Details joshua@sovr.co.uk