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 society are now fast dispersing. The consequence of this is that the ability to create a series of BAMS medals in the traditional collecting sense will become more difficult in the future. Having said this, we have a discrete collection from an original member for our autumn sale (scheduled for September)
We included some related items in the sale which had a mixed reception. The Wedgwood pieces based on the Britannia coinage didn’t sell (they’d make great presents to non-numismatists!) but the plasters and the wonderful portrait by Philip Nathan of Christopher Ironside, the coin engraver, have found good homes (the latter in the Royal Mint museum). Taking the long view, you can pick up modern medals that in time will be recognised for their craft. If medals are an inexpensive way of acquiring such work by coin engravers, then the work in progress plasters are even more accessible for those on a limited budget.
On the other hand the historical medals went well overall so we’ll include more next time. Also the Charles Neal archive medals fetched expected prices, modest on the whole. Similar to the token series, the stories behind the issuers rather than rarity seem to interest purchasers.
Consignments welcomed for the autumn sales – ideally we need material by June please so that we can plan ahead and even enjoy some summer sun in a break from cataloguing. Prices realised and pdfs are still on our website – link through here