The business was founded by John Spink, principally as a
goldsmith's and pawnbroker's, based off Lombard Street, London.
Lombard Street was completely destroyed when the Great Fire of
London swept through the City. After a short spell in other
premises John Spink returned to the rebuilt Lombard Street.
Spink moved to Gracechurch Street, London, and built up
jewellery and coin dealing business.
The firm Spink and Son was established. Increased dealing in
gold and silver coins.
Spink started dealing in Oriental Art.
Purchased the Soho Mint, a small independent foundry and mint in
central London and started to design and produce medals.
Published the Numismatic Circular. This is believed to be the
oldest continually published coin and medal catalogue in
Spink produced the medal for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
Fourteen of these medals were made.
We received our first Royal Warrant for medals services to Queen
Victoria in the year 1900. Spink now holds two Royal Warrants for
medal services to HM Queen Elizabeth, and HRH the Duke of
Edinburgh; in addition Spink was recently awarded the Royal Warrant
for philatelic services to HM Queen Elizabeth.
Spink moved to Piccadilly, and opened its famous art dealing
business specialising in British Pictures and Oriental Art.
Moved to the corner of King Street and Duke Street, St
Listed on the London Stock Exchange with the Spink family
retaining a controlling interest.
Started a furniture restoration business based in Kennington
which became one of the finest English furniture restoration
business in the world.
Andrew Weir & Co Ltd acquired Spink.
Spink held its first coin auction.
Christie's acquired Spink from Andrew Weir & Co Ltd and
integrated its own coin and medal department into Spink.
The Leger Galleries is acquired and merged with Spink Pictures,
forming Spink Leger Pictures. Spink acquires Seaby Numismatic
titles from B.T. Batsford.
Christie's stamp auction department, which formerly operated as
Robson Lowe, is integrated into Spink. More information about the
history of Robson Lowe is available here.
This year saw the relocation of the Indian and Islamic Arts
business to its own self-contained premises in King Street. Spink
Collectables and Spink Special Commissions moved to new premises in
Spink & Son is acquired from Christie's by an investment
capital firm based in Singapore.
The Slaney Collection of English Coins sets eight new world
records. Spink holds its first sale in Paris, the La Fayette
Collection, and achieves a world record price for a French
philatelic item. The 1fr Tête-Bêche block of four sold for
Set new world records for a Victoria Cross and for an English
gold coin. The VC group of eight to Sergeant N.C. Jackson and the
Coenwulf Penny both sold for £230,000.
Spink achieved a new UK stamp auction record, grossing over £3.3
million. This included the British Honduras block of 6, which set a
record at £140,300. A new world record for a collection of English
gold coins was also achieved this year, with the sale of the Samuel
King Collection. The celebrated Vigo five guineas of Queen Anne was
one of the highlights, selling for £149,500. Through a group
restructuring, the controlling shareholder increased his stake,
enabling his Singapore based investment vehicle, 1818 Capital, to
control 88.5% of Spink.
Spink sell the Edward III Double Leopard for £460,000. This set
a new world record price for an English coin sold at auction.
Spink acquires Shreves Philatelic Galleries, America's leading
Philatelic Auctioneer, with offices in New York and Dallas. The
acquisition created the world's largest auctioneer of rare
Spink acquires Smythe in New York City, one of America's leading
auction houses for coins, banknotes, autographs, bonds, and share
Spink set a new world record for a Chinese banknote sold at
auction. The 1 yuan note sold for HKD$990,000 on 24th January 2010
in Hong Kong. The highly valuable note featured 2 black dragons
signifying the prowess of the Emperor and Monarch and accordingly
named as the "Ooi-Long note".
Spink acquires Investphila in Switzerland to further enhance
it's presence in the Americas and Russia.
Spink expands in China with acquisition of Phila China and Oeno
China auctions in Hong Kong.
Spink's Chairman and CEO Olivier D. Stocker relocates to Hong
Kong to further galvanise Spink's thriving Asia business, focussing
on client relationships and helping them develop and build
Spink achieved 12 outstanding world records for philatelic items
of Malta and Australia, an Egyptian banknote, a Reddite Coin, an
Inverted Jenny, a Tudor Sovereign, and items of postal history from
Dubai, Muscat, Kuwait, Guadur, Sharjah and Bahrain.
Spink were the main sponsor of the World Stamp Exhibition in
Singapore, holding five auctions and achieving several World
Records and also launching the much-awaited Banknotes of British
Malaya, The Frank Goon Collection including The Straits
Settlements, Malaya, British North Borneo, Sarawak, Brunei,
Malaysia and Singapore (2nd edition) by Frank
Goon. Published by Spink, the 2nd edition is a
masterpiece and a testament to a lifetime of banknote collecting.
2015 also saw the acquisition and first publication of the Spink
Maury Catalogue; The Spink Maury catalogues will continue to
provide the highest level of detail for the stamps and covers of
France and the French colonies.
2016 was a very special year
beginning with no less than three World Records from the Meiso
Mizuhara Collection, the largest philatelic auction ever held in
Asia. The catalogue for which will stand as a reference work for
future sale collections. 2016 was also the year that Spink
celebrated 350 years as a business of indisputable reputation and
integrity. The celebrations were exciting and a riot for the
senses. Here's to 350 more years to Spink!