Founded in 1666, Spink has been buying and selling war medals since they first appeared after the Napoleonic Wars.

Spink currently holds three medal auctions a year, in April, July, and November. To date we have sold over 45,000 lots at auction for a combined total of over £37 million. Our highest total for a medal sale was on the 25th November 2010, which realised £1,539,672.

Over the years the Medal Department has set and re-set many Auction World Records, including a 'hat trick' of World Records for a Victoria Cross Group at auction.

The V.C., D.F.C. Group to Flying Officer Lloyd Allan Trigg, Royal New Zealand Air Force (sold 6th May 1998 for £138,000) The V.C., D.S.O., M.C. and Bar Group to Major General D.M.W. Beak, South Lancashire Regiment, Late Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (sold 5th November 2003 for £178,250) The V.C. Group to Sergeant N.C. Jackson, Royal Air Force (sold 30th April 2004 for £230,000).

In total Spink has sold 70 Victoria Crosses at auction (as well as many more by Private Treaty), the highest price being for the Outstanding Second War Bomber Command V.C. Group of Six to Lancaster Pilot Flight Lieutenant W. Reid, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, which sold at auction on the 19th November 2009 for £348,000 - the world auction record for a Victoria Cross to a British Recipient.

We also hold the current World Record Prices for a D.S.O. Group (£222,000); and M.C. Group (£86,350); and a D.C.M. Group (£120,000) sold at auction.

As well as at Auction, we buy and sell a significant number of medals by private treaty, which avoids the publicity of the auction-room, whilst still maintaining excellent prices for items bought and sold this way.

To find out more, or to contact a specialist in the medal department, please go to our contact page.

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The Important Second War D.S.O., ‘Battle of Britain’ D.F.C. and Bar Group of Nine to Wing Commander R.F.T. Doe.»

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The Outstanding Great War V.C. Group of Six to Private S.F. Godley.»

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The Superb ‘Battle of Imjin’ M.C. Group of Seventeen to Brigadier M.G. Harvey.»

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The Unique ‘Defence of South Georgia’ D.S.M. Group of Five to Colour Sergeant P.J. Leach.»

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The Outstanding Second War ‘Bomber Command’ V.C. Group of Six to Flight Lieutenant W. Reid.»

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The Unique ‘Dhofar’ D.C.M. Group of Five to Captain M.K. Townsend, 22 Special Air Service Regiment.»


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