Two longtime dealers whose names are well known in the British numismatic hobby have joined together to form a new auction house.
Tim Wilkes and Matt Curtis announced April 10 that they had launched Wilkes & Curtis Ltd., and the firm's first sale is scheduled to close June 16. The firm plans to conduct four online-only auctions each year, with a special focus on Indian and Islamic coins. The firm also announced that it would have a 10 percent buyer’s fee.
An expert in Islamic coins, Wilkes began his career at London-based numismatic dealers and auctioneers A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. in 1998 and was appointed director in 2003. He left in 2007 to continue his career as an independent dealer specializing in Islamic, Indian and Medieval coins. Curtis grew up in the hobby before joining Baldwin as its auction manager in 2005, where he worked with the technological and logistical operations of the firm's auctions.
Wilkes said: “Both Matt and I are passionate about the numismatic industry and about keeping the traditional values alive, whilst offering our global client base the opportunity to embrace new technologies, and a modern approach to auctioneering. We are keen to share our enthusiasm, and our specialist knowledge, with our clients and to encourage the next generation of numismatists to join the international community.”
The pair will offer both buyers and vendors printed auction catalogs and accept bids by email, postal mail or online, as well as an opportunity to bid in real time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Specialized selling services will be combined with simple fixed fees to ensure clients are offered a transparent service, with no hidden extras,” Wilkes said.
Curtis notes that he and Wilkes are members of the International Association of Professional Numismatists, as well as the British Numismatic Trade Association.
The firm’s first sale offers more than 500 lots, including a collection of coins of Morocco, together with other Islamic, Indian and world coins.
Tunisian medal highlight
One non-coin highlight is the 1923 Tunisian gold medal that is believed to have been presented by to Tunisian ruler Muhammad al-Habib Bey during his 1923 visit to the Paris Mint. The medal is believed to be unique.