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Ron Dutton’s medals – landscapes here, above and beyond

Think of Ron Dutton’s medallic work and the words, landscape, clouds, flying and sheep all come to mind.  From the personal to the cosmic, the scope of Dutton’s imagination is immense. Simmons Gallery are pleased to be able to offer in our latest art medal auction (MB82) a selection of Ron Dutton’s cast bronze medals, […]

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MB80 medal auction round-up

Overall our medal auction on 29 March achieved solid prices for this specialist market.  There’s still lots of interest in the British Art Medal Society (BAMS) medals with the iconic Terror/Virtue and Diamond making strong prices according to an established market.  However, we’re beginning to notice that collections made by the original members of the […]

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Beer and tobacco, God and Mammon – MB81 token auction

Beer and tobacco used to go together as two of life’s pleasures – until the dangers to health were pointed out and legislation came in.  But as numismatic series to collect you can have fun seeking out tokens which feature both though perhaps not on the same item.  The current auction, MB81 closing on 4 […]

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Round-up MB79 auction and other news

Simmons Gallery has had a very successful year with our very specialised bid auctions for tokens, medals and weights.   Described not as small but as ’boutique’ (!) auctioneers by one collector, we held 5 auctions, 3 of them in the autumn and hope to do something similar in 2017 – consignments of collections, accumulations and […]

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Mint marks and symbols on Monnaie de Paris medals

I’m sometimes asked: how can you know a medal from the Monnaie de Paris is an original or a restrike? Some of the information below should help – I’ve kept it brief.   There is also the question of patination, which varies over the years going from the rather lovely olive brown of the early […]

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Minting tokens and trials

In our latest token auction catalogue there are over 50 trials, tokens and medals relating to minting practice.  Most are related to the Birmingham Mint but there are a few from the Royal Mint  and from machinery manufacturers such as Taylor and Challen and Cincinatti Milacron HME presses. James Sweeny in his 1981 Numismatic History […]

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Coin fairs, auctions and congresses – 2016 news round-up

After FIDEM in Gent and a stimulating visit to the Mauquoy mint and factory, we  returned to a very busy few weeks in the UK.  First there was our own medal auction, 20th century to the present day, which took place on 22 September.  We achieved a top price of £1700 for Lynn Chadwick’s medal […]

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Updating the coinage: New Zealand

Presents are always great so we were delighted to receive from the other side of the world examples of the current circulating money of New Zealand.  Lighter in weight than the previous cupro-nickel coinage, some of the coins are plated, but the two highest values (1 dollar, 2 dollars) are brass aluminium.  Our set has […]

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PLUS ULTRA – Spanish Colonial coinage

When visiting the Alcazar in Granada last year, among the amazing tiles we were surprised to see the tile below, with an image so very familiar from Spanish and Spanish and Colonial coinage. According to Greek mythology Herkules built twin pillars on either side of the Straits of Gibraltar to mark the end of the known […]

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American Eagles and Miss Liberty in competition on American bullion coins

The new designs for US American Eagle platinum proof bullion coins of 2015-16 were released in October 2014.  Personally I’m more in favour of the eagle than I am of Miss Liberty – (who has a figure like that naturally?) The question then was posed whether these are real coins to spend or just for collectors with […]

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